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May 9, 2022, 6:50 AM

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Zoë Schiffer / @zoeschiffer:
Ian Goodfellow, Apple's director of ML, is leaving due to its return to work policy, saying in a note that “more flexibility would have been the best policy”  —  Ian Goodfellow, Apple's director of machine learning, is leaving the company due to its return to work policy. In a note to staff, he said “I believe strongly that more flexibility would have been the best policy for my team.” He was likely the company's most cited ML expert.
Danny Nelson / CoinDesk:
Sources: Instagram to launch an NFT pilot, with ETH, Polygon, Solana, and Flow integrations, on Monday in the US, will not charge users for sharing their NFTs  —  NFTs from some of the most popular blockchain networks for crypto art are coming to Instagram with the announcement of a pilot …
WABetaInfo:
WhatsApp announces Message Reactions, support for sharing files up to 2GB in size, and is rolling out the ability to add up to 512 people to a group  —  Like Love Haha Wow Sad Angry  —  After announcing to release the ability to react to messages to everyone on the latest versions of WhatsApp for Android …
Isabela Fleischmann / Bloomberg Línea:
An interview with former SoftBank COO Marcelo Claure on his investment firm Claure Group, his current relationship with Masayoshi Son, helming WeWork, and more  —  Bloomberg Línea — For many, Bolivia-born Marcelo Claure (51), former SoftBank COO, was a kind of King Midas …
Mark Gurman / Bloomberg:
Opinion: Apple has the technical chops to safely open up its NFC chip for third party payments apps, and the main reason it is not doing it is the revenue  —  Apple's latest antitrust battle is all about Apple Pay and how the company reserves the tap-to-pay feature for its own service.
Jared Newman / Fast Company:
Profile of AltStore, which has been downloaded 1.5M times since its launch in 2019, as it rolls out a curated section to make sideloading apps on iOS easier  —  The best way to install apps from outside Apple's App Store was only made possible because Riley Testut wanted to play Pokémon on his iPhone.
Tage Kene-Okafor / TechCrunch:
Egypt-based Paymob, which lets merchants accept digital payments online and in-store, raises a $50M Series B, bringing its total raised to $68.5M+  —  Egyptian fintech Paymob, which enables merchants to accept digital payments online and in-store, announced today it has raised $50 million in Series B funding.
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Ina Fried / Axios:
If Roe v. Wade gets overturned, any location and search data about users collected by tech companies might be used in abortion-related criminal prosecutions  —  The treasure troves of data tech companies have spent decades accumulating could put them right in the middle of efforts …
Dylan Martin / The Register:
Interview with RISC-V International CEO Calista Redmond about the non-profit that oversees the open-source processor technology, industry adoption, and more  —  We speak to the head of ISA's governing body on industry adoption, timelines, and more  —  INTERVIEW The CEO of RISC-V's governing body …
Kate Park / TechCrunch:
South Korean startup Bucketplace, known for its home decorating app Ohouse, raises a $182M Series D, sources say at a post-money valuation of around $1.4B  —  During the worst days of the pandemic, when people were stuck at home and starving for some form of entertainment beyond streaming …
Leo Schwartz / Rest of World:
Some tech workers in Latin America advocate for Spanish-language training and a Spanish programming language, even as the best IT jobs still require English  —  Non-English speaking devs are getting more coding jobs than ever — but Spanish can only get them so far.  —  • MEXICO CITY, MEXICO

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