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August 16, 2022, 1:50 AM

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Jon Porter / The Verge:
Android 13 begins rolling out today to Google's Pixel phones, earlier in the year than the previous two Android annual updates  —  Google's major OS update is a little early this year  —  This year's major Android update, Android 13, is officially releasing today for Google's Pixel phones, the search giant has announced.
Mark Gurman / Bloomberg:
Sources: Apple sets a return-to-office deadline for September 5; employees will come in Tuesdays, Thursdays, and a third day determined by individual teams  —  Apple Inc. has set a Sept. 5 deadline for corporate employees to be in the office at least three days a week after delaying …
New York Times:
a16z invests in Adam Neumann's residential real estate management startup Flow, sources say ~$350M at a $1B+ valuation, the firm's largest-ever individual check  —  WeWork's founder is back with a billion-dollar venture.  —  WeWork's founder is going residential
New York Times:
A look at the rise of digital productivity monitoring for white collar jobs in the US, sometimes used to assign workers scores, determine pay, and more  —  Across industries and incomes, more employees are being tracked, recorded and ranked.  What is gained, companies say, is efficiency and accountability.
Emma Roth / The Verge:
Zoom pushes an update to fix a flaw, found by Patrick Wardle, in its Mac app's auto-update feature that could let attackers run code with root access  —  The flaw could let a hacker take over your system  —  Zoom has issued a patch for a bug on macOS that could allow a hacker to take control …
Reuters:
Walmart partners with Paramount to include the $4.99/month ad-supported tier of the Paramount+ streaming service as part of its Walmart+ subscription  —  U.S. retailer Walmart Inc (WMT.N) on Monday struck a deal with Paramount Global (PARA.O) to offer Paramount+ streaming service to the subscribers …
Sarah Krouse / Wall Street Journal:
Antenna: 19% of US streaming users canceled 3+ subscriptions from June 2020-June 2022; average monthly customer defections were 5.46% in July, up from 4.46% YoY  —  Customer loyalty to Netflix, Hulu, HBO Max and other services declines amid stiffer competition  —  Netflix Hit a Subscriber Peak, Here's How It Plans to Keep Growing
Mark Gurman / Bloomberg:
Sources: Apple has laid off about 100 recruiter contractors in a rare move in the past week as part of a push to rein in hiring and spending  —  Apple Inc. laid off many of its contract-based recruiters in the past week, part of a push to rein in the tech giant's hiring and spending, according to people with knowledge of the matter.
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Snap says its Snapchat+ subscription, launched in June, now has 1M+ users globally and adds features, including priority Story replies to celebs  —  It's not going to make much of a dent to offset Snap's stalling ad business, but the company is touting that it has signed up more than 1 million subscribers …
James Vincent / The Verge:
TikTok rolls out a text-to-image “AI greenscreen”, letting users create a basic background for videos from a text prompt  —  The app's ‘AI greenscreen’ filter shows text-to-image has gone mainstream  —  Text-to-image AI systems are booming in both ability and popularity right now …

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