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AMD announces Zen 3 Ryzen 5000 CPUs for desktops, the first chips from AMD with its next-gen Zen 3 architecture, available on November 5, starting at $299

The busy days for chip news continue apace. AMD has announced the Zen 3 Ryzen 5000 CPUs for desktops, the first chips from AMD with its next-gen Zen 3 architecture.

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Facebook says it will temporarily suspend political ads after US polls close on Nov. 3 and will remove calls for poll watching that use “militarized” language

Facebook says it will temporarily suspend political advertising after US polls close on November 3, and will remove any calls for poll watching that use what it is terming militarized language.

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Google announces security features, including cross-app alerts for account security issues, coming first to iOS, and Assistant guest mode for some Nest devices

Google has announced a new suite of security features across all sorts of platforms, including cross-app alerts for security issues, coming first to iOS. Also, they’ve finally added a guest mode for Google Assistant on some Nest devices.

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Square purchases $50M worth of bitcoin, becoming the second publicly listed company after MicroStrategy to invest in the cryptocurrency

Square has purchased $50 million worth of bitcoin, becoming the second publicly listed company after Microstrategy to invest in the cryptocurrency.

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Documents show that Airbnb burned $1.2B between mid-2019 and mid-2020, with the biggest portion of cash burn in Q1 2020 as it issued refunds amid COVID-19

Quick Airbnb update, from The Information, which has been on top of the whole Airbnb saga in this year of covid. They’ve gotten their hands on some documents that show that Airbnb burned $1.2 billion dollars between mid-2019 and mid-2020. You might remember that they had ramped up marketing spend in anticipation of an IPO which would have probably happened this past spring or summer if not for the pandemic. But then the pandemic came and the biggest portion of that cash burn came in Q1 of this year as Airbnb rushed to issue refunds.

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Triller, a TikTok competitor that sees being American as its greatest asset, is tempting TikTok stars with cash, fancy cars, creator mansions, and more

So, it’s been a week and no word on the TikTok saga. Thank goodness, right? I’m sort of sick of the whole thing. But remember, in the background, there are a bunch of companies, not the least Facebook, that are kinda sorta hoping TikTok gets banned cause they hope to swoop in and grab that audience. Let me introduce you to Triller, one of those TikTok competitors that believes its biggest asset is the fact that it is American owned. And they are apparently tempting TikTok stars to jump ship to Triller by dangling cash, fancy cars and creator mansions in front of them.

More: New York Times

Dispo, a camera app which makes users wait until the next morning for photos to “fully develop”, raises $4M led by Alexis Ohanian's new fund Seven Seven Six

Finally today, I feel like we see startups like this every few years, especially with photo apps. Wasn’t there an app where you couldn’t see the photo until it was printed and mailed to you? Haven’t there been Polaroid aping apps? Actually, I guess in a way, that’s what Instagram was at the very beginning. Call this twee tech, or mumblecore tech or something like that. Dispo is a camera app which make users wait until the next morning to fully, quote, develop. But Alexis Ohanian sees something in it cause his new fund Seven Seven Six has led a $4 million seed round in Dispo. It’s actually the very first investment for his new fund. The app was created by influencer David Dobrik and his friend Natalie Mariduena.

More: Wall Street Journal