Aditya Kalra / Reuters: Source: WhatsApp has almost 20M users in India using its payment services and received regulatory approval to double the number to 40M  —  WhatsApp (FB.O) has won regulatory approval to double the number of users on its payments service in India to 40 million, a source with direct knowledge told Reuters on Friday.

Martha Muir / Financial Times: Kazakhstan plans to ration power over winter to 50 registered crypto miners as illegal miners and mass relocations from China cause blackouts across the country  —  Illegal miners and mass relocations after a ban on crypto mining in China have overloaded energy grid

Brenda Goh / Reuters: Meituan reports fourth consecutive quarterly loss of $1.57B in Q3 on revenue of $7.6B; its core food delivery business posted revenue of $4.14B, up 28%  —  Chinese food delivery giant Meituan (3690.HK) reported a fourth consecutive quarterly loss on Friday, as it plowed more investment into expanding its various businesses.

Keith Zhai / Wall Street Journal: Sources: at least nine state-run Chinese firms, including China Mobile, tell staff to limit use of Tencent’s domestic chat app Weixin, citing security concerns  —  Employees were told to disband chat groups over security concerns, as Beijing’s scrutiny into Tencent grows

Sujeong Lim / Counterpoint Research: Global smartwatch shipments in Q3 2021: Samsung’s share rose to 17% with Galaxy Watch 4 series launch, retaking #2 behind Apple, whose share dropped 10% YoY  —  – Samsung achieved its highest quarterly shipments with the launch of the Galaxy Watch 4 series, narrowing the gap with Apple.

Nikkei Asia: Chinese ride-sharing startup T3 raises a $1.2B Series A led by state-backed conglomerate CITIC Group, as rival Didi faces a regulatory crackdown  —  2-year-old startup joins race to snag market share from embattled company  —  TOKYO/HONG KONG — Chinese ride-hailing company T3 Chuxing …

Todd Spangler / Variety: Mobile game maker Scopely to buy GSN Games, which makes free-to-play games like Bingo Bash, from Sony Pictures Entertainment for ~$1B in cash and stock  —  Sony Pictures Entertainment announced a deal to sell GSN Games, a division of Game Show Network, to mobile-games company Scopely for about $1 billion in cash and stock.

Sarah Perez / TechCrunch: Apple issues new App Store Guidelines, including letting developers contact users about other payment methods as part of an earlier agreement with US developers  —  Apple today introduced a new set of App Store Guidelines which include three key changes.  One of the changes is the result …

Sean Hollister / The Verge: MagSafe wireless charging continues to underwhelm a year after its release, due to Apple’s lack of foresight and a limited ecosystem  —  Apple’s charging ecosystem keeps revealing its limitations  —  One year ago yesterday, I wrote how MagSafe could be the biggest reason to buy an iPhone 12.

Noah Smith / Washington Post: A look at US Cyber Games, jointly founded in April by the US government, academia, and the private sector to find and train candidates for cybersecurity careers  —  As the United States seeks to shore up its defenses against cyberattacks, the government is seeking to harness the skills …

Sarah Perez / TechCrunch: Spotify says it will let Anchor podcast creators in the US apply to join its programmatic ad marketplace Spotify Audience Network  —  Earlier this year, Spotify introduced its new audio advertising marketplace, the Spotify Audience Network, which allows advertisers to reach audiences across …

Kate Rooney / CNBC: Commonstock, a social network for retail traders that requires them to link their brokerage account before posting about their investments, raises $25M Series A  —  – Commonstock is a relatively new social media platform dedicated to financial markets.  It requires traders to link …

Kim Lyons / The Verge: Retailer Neiman Marcus says it notified 4.6M customers that their personal info, including credit card numbers, may have been exposed in a May 2020 data breach  —  The retailer told 4.6 million customers their personal information including names and credit card data may have been affected

Jordan Novet / CNBC: Zoom says it no longer plans to acquire cloud-based call center software maker Five9, following the FCC’s review of the $14.7B deal on national security grounds  —  – Zoom’s attempted acquisition of cloud contact center software maker failed to win sufficient approval from Five9 shareholders.

The Verge: Facebook shares its internal research about Instagram’s impact on teen mental health reported on by WSJ, with annotations for context  —  The company shared the PDFs Wednesday night  —  Facebook has shared the internal research about the impact of Instagram on teenage mental well-being reported …

Kellen Browning / New York Times: Activision Blizzard settles with the EEOC, which sued it earlier in the day over alleged sexual harassment and discrimination, will create $18M fund for victims  —  The video game publisher Activision Blizzard said Monday that it would pay $18 million in a settlement with a federal employment agency …

Sohini Podder / Reuters: Coding platform GitLab files paperwork for U.S. IPO  —  (Reuters) – GitLab Inc, a coding platform backed by the likes of ICONIQ Capital and Khosla Ventures, filed for an initial public offering in the United States, according to a regulatory filing on Friday.  —  Gitlab did not disclose the terms for its offering.

Kyle Wiggers / VentureBeat: Deep Vision, which develops AI accelerator chips and software for edge computing workloads, raises $35M Series B led by Tiger Global  —  The Transform Technology Summits start October 13th with Low-Code/No Code: Enabling Enterprise Agility.  Register now!  —  Deep Vision, a company developing …

Pieter Haeck / Politico: Dutch judge rules Uber drivers are employees, not self-employed, so Uber will have to pay drivers by the rules of the taxi industry’s collective labor agreement  —  Dutch Uber drivers should be classified as employees rather than self-employed, a Dutch judge ruled on Monday.

Semiconductor Engineering: Q&A with Ann Kelleher, SVP & GM of Technology Development at Intel on the company’s new logic roadmap, lithography, packaging, and process technology  —  Five process nodes in four years, high-NA EUV, 3D-ICs, chiplets, hybrid bonding, and more.  —  Ann Kelleher, senior vice president …