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Apple Event April 2021

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1. Apple's long-awaited location-tracking gadget, AirTags, will launch on April 30. The $29 AirTags attach to your stuff — like your keys — enabling you to track them if they get lost. Check them out here. Apple also debuted a handful of other new products during it's event, which you can see here. 

2. A leaked Facebook memo shows how the company plans to downplay data leaks. After a breach affected 533 million users, the memo said Facebook expected more scraping leaks and wants to "normalize the fact that this activity happens regularly." Read more from the internal note.

3. Venmo just added crypto trading to its app. As personal-finance apps look to cash in on the surge into digital currency, Venmo users can now buy and sell Bitcoin, Bitcoin Cash, Ethereum, and Litecoin. More on that here.

4. The deadly Tesla crash in Texas has prompted one overriding question: Was anyone driving? The question has elicited different answers — Elon Musk said Autopilot was not engaged, but police said no one was in the driver's seat. Everything we know so far about this unsolved mystery.

5. WeWork is partnering with Coinbase to accept crypto as payment. The company will also hold crypto on its balance sheet and pay landlords and third-party providers with digital currencies whenever possible. Get the full rundown. 

6. View the most important people at major tech companies using our org charts. Insider has been assembling org charts for the past year to help plot out the power structures at companies like Microsoft, AWS, and Google. See the charts for yourself.  

7. There's a reason it's harder — and more expensive — to catch a ride with Uber or Lyft recently. The ride-share companies are desperate for drivers, as many haven't returned to work since the pandemic's outbreak. We spoke with 22 drivers who shared what's keeping them off the road.

8. Think TV commercials are too loud lately? It's not just you. Insider's analysis shows complaints of loud TV ads are growing, and now the FCC is seeking public comment about how it can better enforce the rule against noisy broadcasts. Here's what you need to know.

9. Duolingo has hired bankers to go public as soon as this summer. Goldman Sachs and Allen & Co. are said to be leading the $2.4 billion language-learning app's IPO. What we know about the company's plans.

10. Asana's CEO, a Facebook cofounder, is planning a return to the office that helps his workers thrive. Dustin Moskovitz burned out while he was helping found Facebook, and is taking that lesson with him as he brings employees back to the office. Here's how he plans to "reunite" his staff in the office.


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