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April 13, 2022, 5:50 PM

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Alex Heath / The Verge:
Sources: Meta plans two AR glasses for 2024, one codenamed Nazare, independent from phones with holograms to interact, and another cheap set codenamed Hypernova  —  Mark Zuckerberg has a grandiose vision for the metaverse, and he hopes that you'll one day see the same thing, too …
Sandali Handagama / CoinDesk:
An NFT of Jack Dorsey's first-ever tweet, which sold for $2.9M last year, has been up for sale since last week and has failed to garner a bid over $1K  —  Crypto entrepreneur Sina Estavi bought Twitter founder Jack Dorsey's first ever tweet as an NFT for $2.9 million last year.
Daniel Van Boom / CNET:
Meta's plan to take up to a 47.5% cut of each virtual transaction on Horizon Worlds draws criticism from NFT proponents; OpenSea takes a 2.5% cut  —  Meta, previously known as Facebook, is figuring out how to monetize the metaverse. … It's been nearly six months since the company formerly known …
Gergely Orosz / The Pragmatic Engineer:
An Atlassian outage that began on April 4 left ~400 companies without access to Atlassian Cloud services for many days, and only 45% have since regained access  —  Hundreds of companies have no access to JIRA, Confluence and OpsGenie.  What can engineering teams learn from the poor handling of this outage?
Kyle Bradshaw / 9to5Google:
Google quietly launches its Switch to Android app for iOS as an unlisted app  —  Google is preparing to launch a brand new way to move from Apple's iPhones to an Android device.  Here's your first look at Google's “Switch to Android” app running on an iPhone.
Stacy Elliott / Decrypt:
An anonymous crypto trader seems to have bought $400K of tokens that were later listed on Coinbase, before the list was public; the tokens are now worth $572K+  —  An Ethereum wallet went on a token shopping spree, focusing entirely on assets Coinbase later revealed it is considering listing.
Timothy B. Lee / Ars Technica:
Wikipedia editors vote 232 to 94 to request the Wikimedia Foundation stop accepting crypto donations; the foundation is not legally bound by the proposal  —  Critics argue the bitcoin and ethereum networks consume too much energy.  —  More than 200 long-time Wikipedia editors have requested …
Giles Turner / Bloomberg:
Google says it will invest $9.5B across 2022 to build US offices and data centers, with plans to create 12,000 jobs, up from the $7B announced in 2021  —  Google said it will invest $9.5 billion in offices and data centers in the U.S. over 2022., putting money behind its bid to get more workers back in its buildings.
Lesley Goldberg / The Hollywood Reporter:
Amazon will rebrand IMDb TV as Freevee starting April 27 and plans to grow its slate of originals by 70% in 2022  —  The ad-supported streamer, home to ‘Alex Rider’ and a growing slate of original series and movies, will change its name starting April 27.  —  Amazon-backed IMDb TV is being rebranded.
Will Oremus / Washington Post:
Research details the impact of TikTok's decision to block outside content from appearing to Russian users while allowing state propaganda  —  Last month, as many tech companies sided with Ukraine over Russia's invasion, TikTok appeared to follow suit by suspending new video uploads and live streams from Russia.
Kurt Wagner / Bloomberg:
A look at Jack Dorsey's life after Twitter, as 30+ people who have worked with him say his “favorite child” is promoting bitcoin, not working at Block  —  As he walked onstage at the Bitcoin 2021 conference in Miami, Jack Dorsey was still technically the chief executive officer …
Rebecca Jennings / Vox:
A look at the burgeoning cottage industry devoted to teaching children and teens about Web3, including Crypto Kids Camp, which operates a $500 weeklong camp  —  Today's parents must ask the age-old question: When's the right time to teach my 5-year-old about NFTs?
Danielle Partis / GamesIndustry.biz:
Sony and Nintendo commit to updating auto-renewal practices for their online service subscriptions, concluding a multi-year UK CMA investigation  —  Platform holders join Microsoft's efforts to update online services following CMA's investigation  —  Both Sony and Nintendo have agreed …
JD Shadel / Them:
Annie Palmer / CNBC:
In two weeks, Amazon will add a ~5% fuel and inflation surcharge to US sellers using its fulfillment services, says it is lower than surcharges at UPS and FedEx  —  - Amazon said Wednesday it's adding a 5% fuel and inflation surcharge to U.S. sellers who use its fulfillment services.
Ben Thompson / Stratechery:
OpenAI's DALL-E 2 and other AI models' ability to generate new content at zero marginal cost has major implications for the metaverse, social networks, and more  —  Last week OpenAI released DALL-E 2, which produces (or edits) images based on textual prompts; this Twitter thread from @BecomingCritter …
Jialiang David Pan / Bloomberg:
Ethereum's long-awaited proof-of-stake Merge upgrade “won't be June, but likely in the few months after”, according to a lead developer on the project  —  One of the leading Ethereum software developers said the blockchain network's much-anticipated technical upgrade known …
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
BlueOcean, which helps brands track their performance for $100K+ per year, raises a $30M Series B led by Insight Partners  —  The medium is the message more than ever these days, and brands are faced with a challenge — but also opportunity — to capture what consumers think about them and their products …

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