Jon Porter / The Verge: Twitter updates its iOS app to avoid timelines refreshing and causing tweets to disappear, after rolling out the update on web last week  —  ‘It should stay put!’  —  Twitter has updated its iOS app to prevent those annoying situations where tweets disappear as you’re trying to read them, the company has announced.

Sneha Shah / The Economic Times: Indian used car marketplace Spinny raises a $285M Series E led by ADQ and Tiger Global at a $1.75B post-money valuation, after raising $108M in July  —  The company’s valuation of $1.5 billion pre-money has nearly doubled since it raised $108 million from Tiger Global and others in July.

Sean Hollister / The Verge: The Apple Podcasts app’s review score went from 1.8 to 4.6 stars as Apple began prompting users to rate the app, confusing some into rating individual podcasts  —  Apple Podcasts rises above bad reviews, but at what cost?  —  You pissed off people by somewhat breaking your app, and they’re leaving angry reviews.

Matt Przybyla / VentureBeat: CoreWeave, which offers a specialized cloud service for GPU-based workloads, raises $50M led by Magnetar Capital  —  CoreWeave, a specialized cloud services provider for GPU-based workloads, said it has partnered with GPU giant Nvidia to enable companies to scale their infrastructure, cut costs, and improve efficiencies.

PYMNTS.com: Laika, which helps companies implement compliance guidelines by automating infosec workflows, raises a $35M Series B led by JP Morgan Growth Equity Partners  —  Compliance-as-a-service platform Laika has raised $35 million in a Series B funding round led by J.P. Morgan Growth Equity Partners …

Mars W. Mosqueda Jr / DealStreetAsia: Globe Telecom’s Mynt, which operates mobile wallet app GCash, becomes the first tech unicorn in the Philippines after raising over $300M at a $2B+ valuation  —  Mynt, the Philippines-based payments app backed by Jack Ma’s Ant Group, has become the country’s first tech unicorn after raising …

Siddharth Venkataramakrishnan / Financial Times: A look at “creepypasta”, ghost stories such as Slender Man that spread online, and how decentralized myth-making can explain the rise of meme stocks and QAnon  —  Or: how the tale of Slender Man can explain the rise of QAnon. … These words, posted on a forum in 2009 …

Mitchell Clark / The Verge: Meta acquires Within, the company behind VR fitness game Supernatural; Within will continue working on the game and help Meta improve future VR hardware  —  The company already owns Beat Saber  —  Meta has announced that the studio behind VR workout game Supernatural will be joining the company …

Dan Gallagher / Wall Street Journal: While Pixel 6 receives good reviews thanks to its Tensor SoC and other advances, hitting a 7M shipment goal requires carrier distribution, a weakness for Google  —  Company heavily touts new in-house chip for Pixel 6, but better carrier distribution would help sales more

Kyle Orland / Ars Technica: Amid harassment fallout, Blizzard says it will pause plans for next year’s BlizzCon event to focus its energy on supporting its teams and game development  —  Feb. show nixxed in favor of “supporting our teams and progressing development…”  —  Following an online-only BlizzCon earlier this year …

Chris O’Brien / The French Tech Journal: Profile of France-based BlaBlaCar, a long distance carpooling marketplace with 80% of its riders outside of France and 60% outside of Europe  —  BlaBlaCar has become an icon of the French Tech ecosystem.  But the mobility company that wants to efficiently help people get from Point A to Point B …

Ben Hubbard / New York Times: Citizen Lab: the iPhone of Ben Hubbard, an American reporter for NYT, was hacked in 2020 and 2021, likely by Saudi Arabia using NSO’s Pegasus; NSO denies claim  —  Invasive hacking software sold to countries to fight terrorism is easily abused.  Researchers say my phone was hacked twice, probably by Saudi Arabia.

Leah Nylen / Politico: Docs from 16 AGs’ Google suit: Google sought help from Apple, Facebook, and Microsoft to stall federal efforts to strengthen an online privacy law for children  —  Unsealed court documents say the search giant sought help from Apple, Facebook and Microsoft to “find areas of alignment.”

Andrés Engler / CoinDesk: Element Finance, a decentralized finance fixed rate protocol, raises a $32M Series A led by Polychain Capital at a $320M valuation, says it has 9K+ active users  —  Element Finance, a decentralized finance (DeFi) fixed rate protocol, closed a $32 million Series A funding round at a $320 million valuation …

Benjamin Mayo / 9to5Mac: Apple unveils MacBook Pros with 14.2″ and 16.2″ ProMotion displays with a notch, M1 Pro or Max chips, MagSafe, no Touch Bar, HDMI port, SD card slot, and more  —  As part of its October Unleashed event, Apple today unveiled the new 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro.

Kim Lyons / The Verge: Facebook disputes WSJ report, saying the prevalence of hate speech on the platform dropped by 50% over the past three years to about 0.05% of content viewed  —  The Wall Street Journal said in a new report that Facebook’s AI is not consistently successful at removing objectionable content

Huib Modderkolk / The Guardian: Profile of Edwin Robbe, who hacked the Netherlands’ largest telecom KPN as a teenager and cost the company €3M, before being found dead in South Korea  —  Edwin Robbe had a troubled life, but found excitement and purpose by joining an audacious community of hackers.

Sarah Perez / TechCrunch: Mark Cuban-backed Fireside, which lets creators broadcast live audio or video, exits beta; the app takes a 3% cut until creators make $30K in revenue, 15% after  —  Amid a deluge of new creator platforms, a startup called Fireside is launching today with what it believes will be a compelling proposition …

Santosh Janardhan / Facebook Engineering: Facebook says configuration changes on its backbone routers disrupted network traffic between its data centers, causing an outage across its platforms  —  To all the people and businesses around the world who depend on us, we are sorry for the inconvenience caused by today’s outage across our platforms.

New York Times: Sources: emergency meetings continue inside Facebook amid WSJ expose, as some research staff decry Facebook’s public response in group chats  —  The social network has been all hands on deck as it grapples with revelations that it knew the harmful effects its Instagram photo-sharing app was having on teenagers.