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    IBM unveils the Quantum System One, its first quantum computer physically built outside of the US, in Germany in partnership with research institute Fraunhofer

    Daphne Leprince-Ringuet / ZDNet: IBM unveils the Quantum System One, its first quantum computer physically built...

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    A look at the rise and fall of Phan Huynh Anh Khoa, aka “The King of Squirrels”, who used Facebook to become one of Vietnam's most notorious wildlife traders

    Ashley Lampard / Rest of World: A look at the rise and fall of Phan Huynh...

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    Alibaba's Taobao was clandestinely scraped by a web crawler for 8 months, leading to a leak of 1.1B pieces of user data, including user IDs and phone numbers

    Wall Street Journal: Alibaba's Taobao was clandestinely scraped by a web crawler for 8 months, leading...

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    Japan Display, which sold its smartphone screen factory last year, is pivoting to VR; LCDs are projected to dominate the VR headset market over the next 5 years

    Bloomberg: Japan Display, which sold its smartphone screen factory last year, is pivoting to VR; LCDs...

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    Payments company dLocal and Amazon announce an agreement that enables international vendors to sell products on Amazon's Brazil marketplace for the first time

    Jimin Kang / Reuters: Payments company dLocal and Amazon announce an agreement that enables international vendors...

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    The Oversight Board accepts its first policy advisory opinion request from Facebook, on the sharing of private residential info, issues call for public comments

    David Cohen / Adweek: The Oversight Board accepts its first policy advisory opinion request from Facebook,...

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    India-based Apna, whose Android app lets blue collar workers connect with others, upskill, and find jobs, raises $70M Series B led by Insight and Tiger Global

    Manish Singh / TechCrunch: India-based Apna, whose Android app lets blue collar workers connect with others,...

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    Bangalore-based payments app FamPay, which is aimed at teens, raises $38M Series A led by Elevation Capital; Sequoia Capital India and others participated

    Manish Singh / TechCrunch: Bangalore-based payments app FamPay, which is aimed at teens, raises $38M Series...

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    Krafton, the company behind popular game PUBG and backed by Tencent, files for an IPO in South Korea, seeking to raise as much as $5B

    Sohee Kim / Bloomberg: Krafton, the company behind popular game PUBG and backed by Tencent, files...

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    London-based 10x Future Technologies, which helps established banks add or retool their existing tech offerings via its SaaS platform, raised $187M Series C

    Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch: London-based 10x Future Technologies, which helps established banks add or retool their...

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    Biden names Lina Khan, an antitrust expert who wrote the “Amazon Antitrust Paradox”, as FTC chair, after the Senate voted 69-28 to confirm her as commissioner

    New York Times: Biden names Lina Khan, an antitrust expert who wrote the “Amazon Antitrust Paradox”,...

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    Mark Zuckerberg says the original Oculus Quest will receive Air Link support in a post about the upcoming v30 update for Quest

    Mitchell Clark / The Verge: Mark Zuckerberg says the original Oculus Quest will receive Air Link...

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    Brazilian payments company Ebanx receives a $430M investment from Advent International ahead of Ebanx's planned US IPO in the beginning of 2022

    Carolina Mandl / Reuters: Brazilian payments company Ebanx receives a $430M investment from Advent International ahead...

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    Uberall, a location-based marketing startup that provides services to brick and mortar retailers, raises $115M, acquires MomentFeed, sources say for $50M+

    Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch: Uberall, a location-based marketing startup that provides services to brick and mortar...

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    Oracle reports Q4 revenue of $11.23B, up 8% YoY, vs $11.04B est., with revenue from its Fusion ERP up 46% and NetSuite ERP up 26%

    Jordan Novet / CNBC: Oracle reports Q4 revenue of $11.23B, up 8% YoY, vs $11.04B est.,...

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    Netflix is hiring execs to lead consumer products, podcasts, and video games, as it seeks Disney-like franchises that stay relevant in between new seasons

    Lucas Shaw / Bloomberg: Netflix is hiring execs to lead consumer products, podcasts, and video games,...

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    Ahead of the Biden-Putin summit, where Russian ransomware gangs are expected to be a point of tension, a look at how Russia became a “greenhouse” for hackers

    Washington Post: Ahead of the Biden-Putin summit, where Russian ransomware gangs are expected to be a...

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    Automattic acquires Day One, a popular journaling app for Apple devices with 15M+ downloads on the Mac and iOS App Store; terms of the deal were not disclosed

    Sarah Perez / TechCrunch: Automattic acquires Day One, a popular journaling app for Apple devices with...

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    Singapore-based automotive marketplace Carro, which uses AI-powered pricing models, raises $360M Series C led by SoftBank Vision Fund 2 at a $1B+ valuation

    Catherine Shu / TechCrunch: Singapore-based automotive marketplace Carro, which uses AI-powered pricing models, raises $360M Series...

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    Razer unveils Blade 14 laptop, with AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX CPU, RTX 3080 GPU, and a QHD 165Hz display, starting at $1,799, says it's the smallest 14'' gaming laptop

    Monica Chin / The Verge: Razer unveils Blade 14 laptop, with AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX CPU,...

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    The Pill Club, an online birth control prescription and delivery service, raises $41.9M as an extension to its $51M Series B from Jan. 2019, led by Base 10

    Natasha Mascarenhas / TechCrunch: The Pill Club, an online birth control prescription and delivery service, raises...

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    Sources: in 2019, major labor union Teamsters refused a ransomware demand of $2.5M, against the FBI's advice, and instead rebuilt its systems from scratch

    NBC News: Sources: in 2019, major labor union Teamsters refused a ransomware demand of $2.5M, against...

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    Sources: Shopify, Sequoia, and others recently bought ~$1B of Stripe stock from existing shareholders before Stripe's expected IPO; bids exceeded $4B

    Peter Rudegeair / Wall Street Journal: Sources: Shopify, Sequoia, and others recently bought ~$1B of Stripe...

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    US government is ratcheting up pressure on China's overseas 5G ambitions, offering financial incentives and more to countries willing to shun Huawei and ZTE

    Wall Street Journal: US government is ratcheting up pressure on China's overseas 5G ambitions, offering financial...

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    MicroStrategy raises another ~$500M in bonds to buy more bitcoin, and bitcoin's price surged to $40K+ after Elon Musk hinted Tesla may again accept BTC payments

    Jonathan Ponciano / Forbes: MicroStrategy raises another ~$500M in bonds to buy more bitcoin, and bitcoin's...

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    SCOTUS throws out a lower court ruling that had allowed 3rd-party scraping of LinkedIn users' public profiles, sending the dispute back to federal appeals court

    Andrew Chung / Reuters: SCOTUS throws out a lower court ruling that had allowed 3rd-party scraping...

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    YouTube will stop accepting ads for its masthead ad unit from certain verticals, including election and political ads, alcohol, gambling, and prescription drugs

    Sara Fischer / Axios: YouTube will stop accepting ads for its masthead ad unit from certain...

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    In a week-long operation, Interpol took down ~113K web links to fake pharmacies, and in another recent operation it recovered ~$83M for victims of online crime

    Sergiu Gatlan / BleepingComputer: In a week-long operation, Interpol took down ~113K web links to fake...

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    Review of the new $150 Beats Studio Buds: comfortable design and good sound quality but poor ANC, and some AirPods features are missing like audio sharing

    Chris Welch / The Verge: Review of the new $150 Beats Studio Buds: comfortable design and...

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    Stripe announces Stripe Identity, a self-serve tool for companies that can be used to verify identities using AI, launching in 30 countries in beta

    Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch: Stripe announces Stripe Identity, a self-serve tool for companies that can be...

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    UK-based Motorway, which allows professional car dealers to bid for privately-owned cars for sale, raises £48m Series B led by Index Ventures

    Mike Butcher / TechCrunch: UK-based Motorway, which allows professional car dealers to bid for privately-owned cars...

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    Secret gag orders imposed by the US government on tech companies must stop, as they abuse citizens' fundamental freedoms and are no longer even used sparingly

    Brad Smith / Washington Post: Secret gag orders imposed by the US government on tech companies...

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    UNESCO: AI and robotics have “dominated scientific output” in recent years; ~150K research articles were published on those subjects in 2019, up 44% from 2015

    Sage Lazzaro / VentureBeat: UNESCO: AI and robotics have “dominated scientific output” in recent years; ~150K...

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    Profile of DigitalMint, a final-mile crypto broker that helps ransomware victims pay ransoms in cryptocurrency, within 30-60 minutes of contact from the hacker

    MacKenzie Sigalos / CNBC: Profile of DigitalMint, a final-mile crypto broker that helps ransomware victims pay...

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    Sources: many Apple US stores will drop mask requirement for vaccinated customers as soon as Tuesday; mask requirement to be dropped at some Cupertino offices

    Mark Gurman / Bloomberg: Sources: many Apple US stores will drop mask requirement for vaccinated customers...

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    [Thread] Former Facebook employee, now Coatue Management Chairman, shares his experiences working with Mark Zuckerberg during Facebook's early days

    Dan Rose / @danrose999: [Thread] Former Facebook employee, now Coatue Management Chairman, shares his experiences working...

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    After El Salvador's president, many Latin American politicians are expressing interest in adopting cryptocurrencies, as a PR exercise to elevate their profiles

    Alex González Ormerod / Rest of World: After El Salvador's president, many Latin American politicians are...

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    CB Insights: VCs invested $1.5B into mental health startups in 2020, a record high, and 5.5x the funding invested in the space in 2016

    Katie Jennings / Forbes: CB Insights: VCs invested $1.5B into mental health startups in 2020, a...

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    A new generation of young workers at China's technology giants is demanding an end to forced rankings, harsh working conditions, and the “996” work culture

    Yuan Yang / Financial Times: A new generation of young workers at China's technology giants is...

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    As carmakers integrate 100-150+ chip-based electronic control units in each car, a look at the challenges of an auto industry that is more dependent on software

    Robert N. Charette / IEEE Spectrum: As carmakers integrate 100-150+ chip-based electronic control units in each...

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    Taproot, a significant Bitcoin upgrade promising better transaction privacy and smart contracts, got approved by miners globally, due to take effect in November

    MacKenzie Sigalos / CNBC: Taproot, a significant Bitcoin upgrade promising better transaction privacy and smart contracts,...

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    Q&A with Nvidia CEO Jensen Huang about its Omniverse, dubbed a “metaverse for engineers”, discouraging miners from buying its GPUs, chip shortages, and more

    Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat: Q&A with Nvidia CEO Jensen Huang about its Omniverse, dubbed a “metaverse...

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    Many Latin American Facebook users are self-compromising their accounts to fuel fake engagement through “autoliker” websites and unwittingly joining bot farms

    Sophie Zhang / Rest of World: Many Latin American Facebook users are self-compromising their accounts to...

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    Interview with two Apple executives about changes to multitasking in iPadOS 15, SharePlay, Universal Control, Quick Note, and more

    Matthew Panzarino / TechCrunch: Interview with two Apple executives about changes to multitasking in iPadOS 15,...

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    China pushes to subject data-related activities to government oversight, as it worries tech giants could use collected data to build alternative power centers

    Lingling Wei / Wall Street Journal: China pushes to subject data-related activities to government oversight, as...

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    A look at the rise of BitClout, a burgeoning crypto service monetizing social influence, valued at more than $1B in April, but operating in a legal gray zone

    Caroline Lester / New Yorker: A look at the rise of BitClout, a burgeoning crypto service...

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    Thai SEC orders exchanges to delist NFTs and meme coins, defined as those with “no objective or underlying value” whose price relies on social media trends

    Robert Stevens / Decrypt: Thai SEC orders exchanges to delist NFTs and meme coins, defined as...

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    Profile of Praveen Khandelwal, leader of a network of ~80M SMBs in India with deep ties to Modi, who evokes British colonial looting in his fight against Amazon

    Nilesh Christopher / Rest of World: Profile of Praveen Khandelwal, leader of a network of ~80M...

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    Disclosures from Tether show it has $30B in commercial paper, a short-dated investment similar to cash, making it one of the largest investors in the US market

    Financial Times: Disclosures from Tether show it has $30B in commercial paper, a short-dated investment similar...

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    Aura, which offers device and identity theft protection including financial fraud monitoring for consumers, raises $150M Series E led by Warburg Pincus

    FinSMEs: Aura, which offers device and identity theft protection including financial fraud monitoring for consumers, raises...