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The pandemic has exacerbated the brutal conditions of workers at e-commerce and delivery companies in Asia even as average earnings per delivery declined (Steven Borowiec/Nikkei Asia)

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Steven Borowiec / Nikkei Asia: The pandemic has exacerbated the brutal conditions of workers at e-commerce and delivery companies in Asia even as average earnings per delivery declined  —  How the pandemic economy relies on overburdened and underpaid couriers  — ...

Flexiv, a Chinese startup that makes general-purpose adaptive robots powered by computer vision and AI, raises $100M+ Series B from investors including Meituan (Rita Liao/TechCrunch)

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Rita Liao / TechCrunch: Flexiv, a Chinese startup that makes general-purpose adaptive robots powered by computer vision and AI, raises $100M+ Series B from investors including Meituan  —  As businesses around the world look to automate production lines and supply...

Amazon launches EC2 Mac instances bringing the Intel-based Mac mini to its cloud for $1.083 per hour billed by the second (Frederic Lardinois/TechCrunch)

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Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch: Amazon launches EC2 Mac instances bringing the Intel-based Mac mini to its cloud for $1.083 per hour billed by the second  —  AWS today opened its re:Invent conference with a surprise announcement: the company is bringing...

A profile of Discord, which lies at the center of the gaming world with 100M+ MAUs, as it pushes to turn into a communication tool for everyone, not just gamers (David Pierce/Protocol)

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David Pierce / Protocol: A profile of Discord, which lies at the center of the gaming world with 100M+ MAUs, as it pushes to turn into a communication tool for everyone, not just gamers  —  Most longtime Discord users have...

Indian startups blame Google for “unfair exploitation” of Play Store’s monopoly after Google began to enforce its in-app purchasing policy with 30% commission (The Economic Times)

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The Economic Times: Indian startups blame Google for “unfair exploitation” of Play Store’s monopoly after Google began to enforce its in-app purchasing policy with 30% commission  —  Tech giant says companies have multiple store options, can also use websites  — ...

Sources: Apple is building ~75M 5G iPhones for later this year, along with two new Apple Watch versions, iPad Air with edge-to-edge screen, and smaller HomePod (Bloomberg)

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Bloomberg: Sources: Apple is building ~75M 5G iPhones for later this year, along with two new Apple Watch versions, iPad Air with edge-to-edge screen, and smaller HomePod  —  – Headphones, new Watch models, iPad Air, smaller HomePod coming  — Supply...

Companies are increasingly using employee survey data, from services like Perceptyx that offer a “union vulnerability index”, to predict and squash organizing (Sarah Kessler/OneZero )

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Sarah Kessler / OneZero : Companies are increasingly using employee survey data, from services like Perceptyx that offer a “union vulnerability index”, to predict and squash organizing  —  Employee survey platforms allow employers to sort groups of employees by the departments,...

The 👁👄👁 stunt, a hyped beta of a fake app, exploited Silicon Valley’s fixation on shiny new things, but raised $200K for charities (Arielle Pardes/Wired)

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Arielle Pardes / Wired: The 👁👄👁 stunt, a hyped beta of a fake app, exploited Silicon Valley’s fixation on shiny new things, but raised $200K for charities  —  Last weekend, the stunt aimed to use Silicon Valley’s love of shiny...

Alibaba debuts AliExpress Connect, a service to pair influencers with brands and merchants, hoping to attract 100,000+ creators this year with a focus on Europe (Zheping Huang/Bloomberg)

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Zheping Huang / Bloomberg: Alibaba debuts AliExpress Connect, a service to pair influencers with brands and merchants, hoping to attract 100,000+ creators this year with a focus on Europe  —  – AliExpress Connect links social media darlings with merchants  —...

ICANN board has voted to reject the sale of the .org registry to private equity firm Ethos Capital (ICANN)

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ICANN: ICANN board has voted to reject the sale of the .org registry to private equity firm Ethos Capital  —  Today, the ICANN Board made the decision to reject the proposed change of control and entity conversion request that Public...