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July 21, 2022, 2:50 PM

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Jon Porter / The Verge:
Facebook splits the Feed on iOS and Android into Home, a TikTok-style tab with recommended content, and Feeds, a chronological tab of followed pages and people  —  While new Feeds tab will show chronological content from pages you actually follow  —  Facebook's almighty News Feed is getting split in two... kind of.
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Amazon plans to acquire primary health care provider One Medical, which offers in-person, digital, and virtual services, for about $3.9B in an all-cash deal  —  Amazon's interest in healthcare and being a major player in that industry is taking one big step forward today.
Bloomberg:
The US DOJ arrests a former Coinbase product manager for allegedly leaking insider info about tokens before they were listed; Coinbase won't face charges  —  US authorities arrested a former Coinbase Global Inc. product manager for allegedly leaking insider information to help his brother …
Ben Horowitz / Andreessen Horowitz:
Ian Allison / CoinDesk:
Blockchain.com plans to cut 25% of its workforce, or ~150 people, close its Argentina offices, and cancel team expansion in several countries, citing the market  —  The digital assets trading firm said it will shutter its Argentina-based offices and halt its expansion plans in several countries.
Bloomberg:
Jason Calacanis says litigation, and possibly criminal charges, await the companies and “grifting” VCs that knowingly flipped crypto tokens to retail investors  —  Watch out venture capital, the regulators are coming.  —  That's the warning from long-time angel investor Jason Calacanis …
Allison Johnson / The Verge:
Google Pixel 6a review: a good camera and flagship-class Tensor chip performance, but a slow fingerprint sensor and the 6.1" screen only has a 60Hz refresh rate  —  The 6A's Tensor chipset makes all the difference in this midrange phone  —  For a few years running, the Pixel A-series phone …
Bloomberg:
Amazon spent a record $4.98M on lobbying in Q2 2022, up 2.5% YoY, Google spent $2.77M, up 32% YoY, Microsoft spent $2.41M, down 2.4% YoY, and Apple spent $1.9M  —  Amazon.com Inc. spent a record $4.98 million on lobbying during the second quarter of this year as momentum intensified in Congress …
Dan Milmo / The Guardian:
Ofcom: TikTok is the fastest growing news source for UK adults, used by 7%, up from 1% in 2020; 32% use Facebook, 24% the BBC, 17% Twitter, and 16% Instagram  —  App is used by 7% of adults for news with nearly half turning to TikTokers rather than conventional outlets for updates
Alexandra Alper / Reuters:
Sources: the US is probing Huawei over concerns that cell tower gear could capture sensitive military base and missile silo info, which it could send to China  —  The Biden administration is investigating Chinese telecoms equipment maker Huawei over concerns that U.S. cell towers fitted …
Austin American-Statesman:
Filings: Samsung seeks tax breaks to build 11 chipmaking facilities in the Austin area for $192.1B over two decades; Samsung has made no investment guarantees  —  Bob Sechler Kara CarlsonAustin American-Statesman  —  In what could be the biggest economic investment in Central Texas history …
Josh Dzieza / The Verge:
A look at GPT-3-powered fiction writing tools like Sudowrite, which proposes plot twists, rewrites in specific tones, suggests metaphors, and more  —  On a Tuesday in mid-March, Jennifer Lepp was precisely 80.41 percent finished writing Bring Your Beach Owl, the latest installment in her series …
Reuters:
Meta's research published internally in February 2022 reveals Facebook's challenges in India, including that women are shunning it over safety concerns and more  —  Meta's internal research reveals challenges in India Many women steered clear of male-dominated Facebook Their concerns included safety …
Dylan Patel / SemiAnalysis:
Chip teardown: China's SMIC quietly released, and mass produces, 7nm chips; SMIC is rapidly becoming the world's third largest foundry, behind TSMC and Samsung  —  The Most Advanced Foundry In The World After TSMC And Samsung  —  SMIC, China's largest foundry has slowly been catching up to TSMC …
Coco Liu / Bloomberg:
The Cyberspace Administration of China fined Didi Global ~$1.2B after a year-long probe, for violating three laws in operations threatening national security  —  China fined Didi Global Inc. more than 8 billion yuan ($1.2 billion), wrapping up a year-long probe into the ride-hailing giant that's come …

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