Natasha Lomas / TechCrunch: UK’s CMA says Google has agreed to an expanded set of commitments as part of the regulator’s oversight in the development of Privacy Sandbox  —  As part of an ongoing antitrust investigation into Google’s Privacy Sandbox by the UK’s competition regulator, the adtech giant has agreed …

Gillian Tan / Bloomberg: SoundHound, which offers voice AI tech to companies like Mercedes-Benz, Snap, and Mastercard, is going public via a SPAC merger at a ~$2.1B valuation  —  – Company counts Mercedes-Benz, Snap, Pandora among customers  — Shazam competitor’s technology can identify a song via humming

The Economic Times: Indian startup GoKwik, which helps e-commerce merchants improve conversions and lower return rates, raises a $15M Series A led by Sequoia Capital India  —  GoKwik plans to use the funds to expand its client base to social commerce startups, scale up the product and technology teams and launch new products.

Fred Wilson / AVC: Seed rounds at $100M post-money valuations, now fairly common, are unlikely to perform well for investors, given dilution and early startups’ high failure rate  —  We have been seeing quite a few seed rounds getting done in and around $100mm post-money and that concerns me for a few reasons:

Julie Jargon / Wall Street Journal: Doctors and researchers say social media is contributing to the rise of negative body image issues and eating disorder cases among boys  —  Griffin Henry, a promising young baseball player from Missouri, had his dreams derailed by anorexia  —  Eating disorders are on the rise among boys …

Wolfie Zhao / The Block: Taproot, the first major upgrade to Bitcoin’s code since the introduction of Segregated Witness in 2017, has been activated  —  Taproot, Bitcoin’s long-anticipated code upgrade with a focus on enhancing the network’s privacy and security, has been activated.

Reuters: Turkish delivery startup Getir, which promises 10-minute grocery deliveries, launches in Chicago, and plans to roll out in NYC and Boston by the end of 2021  —  Turkey’s ultrafast grocery-delivery company, Getir, said on Thursday it has launched operations in the United States …

Moneycontrol: Online food delivery platform Zomato invests $175M across Indian startups Shiprocket, Curefit, and Magicpin, and plans to invest $1B in startups over two years  —  Online food delivery platform Zomato on November 10 announced a $175 million investment across three homegrown startups …

Sidney Fussell / Wired: Consumer advocates say buy now, pay later services like Afterpay and Affirm can be especially confusing for younger users and make it easy to get overextended  —  Services such as Afterpay, Affirm, and Klarna are soaring in popularity and valuation.  But consumer advocates say they make it easy to get overextended.

Issie Lapowsky / Protocol: Internal documents shed light on Facebook’s “holdout” experiments, where it withholds certain protections from a subset of users to see how they will react  —  In her testimony before Congress last month, whistleblower Frances Haugen told lawmakers Facebook has conducted experiments …

Zheping Huang / Bloomberg: Source: ByteDance co-founder Zhang Yiming, who stepped down as CEO in May, has left the board after stepping down as chairman; CEO Liang Rubo to become chairman  —  – Zhang announced in May he was giving up his CEO title  — Chinese tech giant this week announced a restructuring

Paulina Duran / Reuters: Australia’s largest bank Commonwealth Bank to become the country’s first bank to offer customers crypto services, including cryptocurrency trading via its app  —  Commonwealth Bank of Australia will become the country’s first to offer retail clients crypto services, Australia’s largest bank …

Politico: Industry and government officials say Gaia-X, a project to reduce the EU’s cloud dependency on US tech giants, is clogged by infighting and bloated bureaucracy  —  The initiative, meant to boost Europe’s cloud services, is failing to fix the problems it was intended to solve.

Bloomberg: A look at student activity monitoring software GoGuardian, whose usage in US schools exploded during lockdowns as some say it adds to kids’ psychological strain  —  The pandemic caused schools to embrace laptops, tablets, Zoom, and an app called GoGuardian that tracks everything students (and, sometimes, parents) do online.

Salvador Rodriguez / CNBC: In 2018, Oculus’ Jason Rubin sent a paper to Facebook execs laying the foundation for Meta’s ambitions and detailing the need to own the VR market  —  – In 2018, an Oculus executive named Jason Rubin wrote a 50-page document headlined “The Metaverse” that he sent to a Facebook board member and some top execs.

Bryan Walsh / Axios: GitHub says as much as 30% of new code on its network is written with its AI tool Copilot, and 50% of developers who tried it since July have kept using it  —  The open-source software developer GitHub says as much as 30% of newly written code on its network is being done with the help of the company’s AI programming tool Copilot.

Emma Roth / The Verge: Google partners with Snap to bring exclusive Snapchat features to Pixel phones, including AR lenses and “Quick Tap to Snap”  —  Thanks to the new Quick Tap to Snap feature  —  At today’s Pixel event, Google dove into the details about the Pixel 6 series devices and outlined …

Apple: Apple says 14-inch MacBook Pro with M1 starts at $1,999 and the 16-inch MacBook Pro starts at $2,499, available October 26  —  The new MacBook Pro features a 1080p camera, the best audio system in a notebook, and the most advanced connectivity ever in a MacBook Pro

Kirsten Korosec / TechCrunch: In open letters, NHTSA calls Tesla’s use of NDAs with its FSD customers “unacceptable” and questions its use of an OTA safety update instead of issuing a recall  —  The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration sent a pair of letters to Tesla targeting the company’s use …

Renée DiResta / The Atlantic: How influencer-organized campaigns are succeeding at “ampliganda”, shaping public perception via messaging that is amplified by social networks’ algorithms  —  One Sunday morning in July of last year, a message from an anonymous account appeared on “Bernie or Vest,” a Discord chat server for fans of Senator Bernie Sanders.