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Bloomberg: Colin Huang, the CEO of Chinese e-commerce company Pinduoduo, steps down; the company says he will remain chairman and work on long-term strategy  —  - PDD shares have more than quadrupled in less than two years  — Huang gives away $14 billion stake after stepping down as CEO

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Wall Street Journal: Hong Kong's new national security law could force platforms like Facebook and Twitter to relinquish some of the freedom their operations have had in the city  —  New national-security law means authorities can ask companies to delete users or their content  —  HONG KONG—U.S. technology titans face …

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Lauren Kaori Gurley / VICE: Some Amazon contracted delivery drivers in the US say they are feeling overwhelmed and overworked by dramatic increases in workloads during the pandemic  —  Amazon's contracted delivery drivers say that their workloads have dramatically increased during the Covid-19 pandemic, in some cases more than doubling.

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Kevin Roose / New York Times: The Wild Wild Web, a shoot-first, aim-later era of tech strategy, is coming to an end, and a less willfully naïve, self-policing ethos is taking its place  —  The internet is changing, and the freewheeling, anything-goes culture of social media is being replaced by something more accountable.

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Neil Greenberg / Washington Post: Evo, a renowned esports tournament that moved online in 2020 due to the pandemic, is canceled after parting ways with co-founder for alleged sexual misconduct  —  Evo, the biggest fighting game event of the year, has been canceled after allegations of sexual misconduct surfaced regarding …

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Alex Konrad / Forbes: Profile of investor Lee Fixel, the principal person behind Tiger Global's investments in Flipkart and Peloton, who says he raised $1.3B for his VC firm Addition  —  Peloton CEO John Foley was used to hearing “no” by the time he met with investor Lee Fixel in early 2014.

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Washington Post: Some advertisers participating in the ad boycott remain unimpressed with Facebook's promises to better police hate speech, as negotiations continue  —  More than 750 advertisers are boycotting Facebook, asking for better policing of hateful content.  Facebook's concessions so far haven't won them over.

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Zack Whittaker / TechCrunch: Interview with Troy Hunt, founder and sole employee of Have I Been Pwned, on his reluctance to retain breached data, future revenue streams, being pwned himself  —  When Troy Hunt launched Have I Been Pwned in late 2013, he wanted it to answer a simple question: Have you fallen victim to a data breach?

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Brian Merchant / OneZero : A conversation between Wendy Liu and Alex Kantrowitz on the ills and promises of Silicon Valley, following publication of their contrasting books on the subject  —  The authors of ‘Always Day One’ and ‘Abolish Silicon Valley’ square off in an exclusive debate about the future of tech

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Phila Siu / South China Morning Post: Analysts say that under the new security law, Hong Kong police won't need court orders to force ISPs to help with investigations or remove information  —  Analysts say newly adopted law gives authorities unfettered power, raising concerns over online privacy 'Now the law has given police …

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Bloomberg: Uber partners with three local cab companies to launch a taxi dispatch service in Tokyo, six years after entering Japan  —  - Making 600 cars available starting Friday in central Tokyo  —  After six years in Japan, Uber Technologies Inc. is finally coming to Tokyo.

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Stefan Boscia / CityAM: Internet Association publishes a wish list for a UK-US trade deal, including no unilateral digital taxes and protecting “intermediary liability protections”  —  One of America's largest internet advocacy groups has published a six-point wish list for a future UK-US trade deal …

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Catalin Cimpanu / ZDNet: LinkedIn says its iOS app is copying the contents of users' clipboards after every key press due to a bug and promises a fix, after iOS 14 reveals the snooping  —  The new clipboard access detection and warning feature in iOS 14 exposes another app.  —  A LinkedIn spokesperson told ZDNet yesterday …

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William Davies / The Guardian: WhatsApp's private group structure encourages spread of misinfo and conspiracy theories as it enables higher levels of trust and solidarity among group members  —  As social media has become more inhospitable, the appeal of private online groups has grown.  But they hold their own dangers - to those both inside and out.

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Neil Cybart / Above Avalon: Apple is pulling away from the competition to a degree never seen before and has years worth of competitive advantage in emerging categories like wearables  —  For the second year in a row, Apple held a developers conference that should frighten its competitors.

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Financial Times: UK government and India's Bharti Enterprises win an auction for bankrupt satellite broadband operator OneWeb for $1B; the parties will own a 45% stake each  —  British government's joint venture with Bharti will compete with Elon Musk's Starlink  —  Britain is set to go head to head …

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Dan Primack / Axios: Instacart raises $100M in new funding from T. Rowe Price, on top of the $225M round co-led by DST Global and General Catalyst last month  —  Grocery delivery company Instacart has raised $100 million in new funding, on top of the $225 million it announced l ast month, the company tells Axios.

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Yimou Lee / Reuters: Taiwan's Foxconn says customs clearing procedures in India have been resolved  —  TAIPEI (Reuters) - Apple supplier Foxconn said on Friday customs clearing procedures in India have been resolved, as additional scrutiny by the country of imports from China disrupted operations in some foreign firms amid tensions between the Asian giants.

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Reuters: European advertising associations criticize Apple's plans to require apps to seek additional permission before tracking users across other apps and websites  —  (Reuters) - A group of European digital advertising associations on Friday criticized Apple Inc's (AAPL.O) plans to require apps …

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Kyle Wiggers / VentureBeat: Mozilla updates Common Voice, its open source transcribed voice collection, to 7226 hours in 54 languages, releases first data set for “Hey Firefox” wake word  —  Mozilla today released the latest version of Common Voice, its open source collection of transcribed voice data for startups …

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Manish Singh / TechCrunch: Intel Capital to invest $253.5M in Jio Platforms for a 0.39% stake, giving the Indian firm a valuation of $65B  —  Intel said on Friday it will invest $253.5 million in Jio Platforms, joining a roster of high-profile investors including Facebook and Silver Lake that have backed India's top telecom operator …

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Chaim Gartenberg / The Verge: Streaming TV services' inability to negotiate their way out of the bundle system that has dominated regular cable for years is resulting in higher prices  —  YouTube TV's price hike is part of a larger problem  —  YouTube TV announced yesterday that it'd be raising its prices by 30 percent to $65 per month.

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Manish Singh / TechCrunch: India's Reliance Jio launches JioMeet, a Zoom-like video-conference service, offering unlimited free calls in 720p with up to 100 participants and no time limit  —  India's Reliance Jio Platforms, which recently concluded a $15.2 billion fundraise run, is ready to enter a new business: Video conferencing.

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Lucas Shaw / Bloomberg: Caffeine, which aims to compete with Twitch but focuses on content like rap battles, has raised $113M, led by Fox Corp, Cox Enterprises, and Sanabil Investments  —  - Fox, Cox Enterprises among investors leading funding round  — Music competitions have helped attract 2 million users

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Jack Shafer / Politico: Companies have little to lose from joining a Facebook boycott during a slow month for ads amid a pandemic; they'll be back, and Facebook will emerge stronger  —  Every day, it seems, another major corporation joins the advertiser boycott against Facebook.  First came The North Face, REI and Patagonia.

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