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August 13, 2022, 10:45 PM
 

August 13, 2022

6:55 PM  •
Emma Roth / The Verge:  Uber will end its free loyalty program Uber Rewards on November 1, 2022, to focus on its new Uber One membership program
4:45 PM  •
Reuters:  China's internet watchdog publishes a list of 30 algorithms used in popular apps, including Wechat, Taobao, and Douyin, with brief descriptions of their use
2:50 PM  •
Chris Metinko / Crunchbase News:  Overtime, which distributes original sports content on social media channels, raised a $100M Series D at a $500M valuation, bringing its total funding to $250M
12:35 PM  •
Freddy Brewster / Los Angeles Times:  A look at Sam Bankman-Fried's US lobbying, seeking to make CFTC, not SEC, oversee crypto markets and change how commodity futures markets operate in the US
10:45 AM  •
Ali Breland / Mother Jones:  Experts say Coinbase's decision to stop emailed price alerts during 2022's crypto crash likely contributed to retail investor losses and was potentially illegal
8:45 AM  •
Kyle Wiggers / TechCrunch:  Stable Diffusion, a DALL-E 2-like system now available to 1K+ researchers, is raising tricky ethical questions by allowing depictions of public figures and more
2:00 AM  •
Edward Ongweso Jr / VICE:  Amazon's new reality show Ring Nation featuring footage from its Ring home security cameras is the company's latest effort to normalize its surveillance network

August 12, 2022

8:40 PM  •
Yogita Khatri / The Block:  Dutch authorities arrest a Tornado Cash developer suspected of involvement in concealing money laundering, two days after the US sanctioned the crypto mixer
6:25 PM  •
Wall Street Journal:  Sources: YouTube plans to launch a “channel store” for streaming services as early as Fall 2022 and is talking with partners about subscription revenue sharing
5:00 PM  •
Zack Whittaker / TechCrunch:  Hands-on with iOS 16's Lockdown Mode, which aims to protect against highly targeted attacks by disabling link previews in messages, limiting FaceTime, and more
3:30 PM  •
Wall Street Journal:  Meta is testing having DoorDash deliver Facebook Marketplace purchases; sources: the service delivers items that fit in a car trunk and are up to 15 miles away
2:35 PM  •
Wall Street Journal:  The decentralization of crypto services like Tornado Cash leaves authorities without an enforcement target, making them difficult if not impossible to shut down
12:40 PM  •
Casey Newton / Platformer:  Sources detail Meta's challenges in building encrypted messaging products, including users' apathy toward encryption, which could change with Roe overturned
11:42 AM  •
Salvador Rodriguez / Wall Street Journal:  Sources: before ATT, Apple suggested possible revenue-sharing deals to Meta, like taking a cut from “boosted posts” via IAP and an ad-free Facebook subscription
10:30 AM  •
Mike Freeman / Los Angeles Times:  US federal prosecutors charge a former Qualcomm VP and three others over allegedly duping the company into paying $150M to acquire tech that it already owned
9:35 AM  •
Manish Singh / TechCrunch:  India freezes assets worth $46.4M owned by crypto exchange Vauld's local entity for allegedly facilitating “crime-derived” proceeds from predatory lending firms
8:20 AM  •
Patrick Coffee / Wall Street Journal:  Memo: meditation app Calm laid off 20% of its staff; sources say Calm employed ~400 people and approximately 90 were laid off; Calm had a $2B valuation in 2020
7:15 AM  •
Brandy Betz / CoinDesk:  Singapore-based Merkle Science, a predictive crypto intelligence service with threat detection, risk mitigation, and compliance tools, raised a $24M+ Series A
7:00 AM  •
David Kirton / Reuters:  Huawei reports H1 revenue down 5.9% YoY to ~$44.73B and net profit down 52% YoY to ~$2.2B, due to a weak economy, COVID-19 disruptions, and supply chain issues
6:45 AM  •
Debby Wu / Bloomberg:  Sources: Apple tells its assemblers to make 90M of its newest iPhones, on par with 2021; IDC expects the smartphone market to shrink 3.5% in 2022
6:25 AM  •
Andrew Rummer / The Block:  Dutch authorities arrest a developer in Amsterdam suspected to be involved with Tornado Cash, two days after the US sanctioned the crypto mixing service
3:01 AM  •
Sarah Donaldson / Wall Street Journal:  A California bill targeting social media companies for features that could addict minors dies in legislature, after Meta, Twitter, and Snap lobbied against it

August 11, 2022

11:20 PM  •
Bloomberg:  Samsung's Jay Y. Lee, who spent 18 months in prison for bribery, wins a pardon from South Korea's President, letting him regain his company leadership role
10:25 PM  •
Alexandra Alper / Reuters:  Sources: SK Hynix plans to pick a US site for its chip packaging plant that would qualify for CHIPS Act funding by Q1 2023 and hit mass production by 2025-2026
9:55 PM  •
The Guardian:  Google agrees to pay $42.7M to settle a court case with Australia's ACCC over misleading some Android users about the collection of personal location data
7:05 PM  •
Aisha Malik / TechCrunch:  LinkedIn rolls out new features to court creators, including a clickable link on images and videos, text post templates, and the option to mix images and videos
6:25 PM  •
Megha Paul / Tech.eu:  Frankfurt-based AAA games studio Gunzilla Games has raised $46M led by Republic Capital and plans to handle in-game item trading using NFTs in an upcoming title
5:10 PM  •
South China Morning Post:  Chinese chipmaker SMIC reports Q2 revenue up 41.6% YoY to $1.9B, vs. $1.89B est., but net profit fell 25% YoY to $514M, amid lockdowns and harsher US sanctions
4:05 PM  •
Sean Hollister / The Verge:  Google appears to be testing letting users launch cloud games from Stadia, Amazon's Luna, Xbox Cloud Gaming, and Nvidia's GeForce Now from search results
3:00 PM  •
Ivan Levingston / Bloomberg:  Some companies are hiring B2B influencers, mostly on LinkedIn, to pitch to other companies; LinkedIn says 11M+ users have enabled “creator mode” as of July 2022
1:40 PM  •
Bloomberg:  CryptoCompare: Coinbase's market share of global spot trading volume among the top 15 crypto exchanges fell from 10.7% in January 2022 to 6.3% in July 2022
12:45 PM  •
Jason Nelson / Decrypt:  Mailchimp is suspending the accounts of crypto-related creators and media outlets, telling some that crypto content conflicts with its Acceptable Use Policy
11:50 AM  •
Eric Mandel / Atlanta Business Journal:  Mailchimp co-founder Ben Chestnut plans to step down as CEO after 21 years and transition to a founder-advisor role; Intuit's Rania Succar will take over
11:40 AM  •
Makena Kelly / The Verge:  The US FEC approves Google's proposal to keep campaign emails from being marked as spam, after GOP lawmakers said Gmail was censoring right-wing emails
10:25 AM  •
Lily Hay Newman / Wired:  Researchers bought 5G IoT plans from 10 carriers and found security flaws exposing private SIM card data and, in some cases, large streams of other users' data
9:25 AM  •
Twitter:  Twitter outlines its Civic Integrity Policy ahead of the 2022 US midterm elections, including redesigned tweet labels and “prebunks” for misleading narratives
9:15 AM  •
Kyle Wiggers / TechCrunch:  Stockholm-based Superblocks, whose drag-and-drop tools help companies build internal apps, raised $37M led by Kleiner Perkins, Greenoaks, Spark, and Meritech
9:05 AM  •
Financial Times:  A look at livestreamed e-commerce, already mature and established in China, which TikTok, YouTube, Meta, Amazon, and others want to bring to the US and Europe
8:30 AM  •
Felix Krause:  A detailed look at how Facebook and Instagram for iOS open links with a custom in-app browser, letting Meta track every interaction including entering passwords
8:00 AM  •
Bloomberg:  As Flutterwave prepares for an IPO, the Nigerian payments startup faces allegations of financial impropriety, a culture of harassment and bullying, and more
7:40 AM  •
John D. McKinnon / Wall Street Journal:  The US FTC seeks public comment on federal online privacy rules, which could take years to enact, and is considering various paths, such as focusing on children
7:25 AM  •
Stephanie Kirchgaessner / The Guardian:  Twitter lets Saudi official and MBS aide Bader al-Asaker, who is implicated in a plot to recruit Twitter staff, keep his verified account with 2.1M+ followers
7:15 AM  •
Lily Hay Newman / Wired:  After the Nebraska abortion case, Meta tests more E2EE chats and backups in Messenger, and says default E2EE messages and calls will roll out globally in 2023
6:55 AM  •
Paul Sawers / TechCrunch:  FundamentalVR, a cross-platform simulation tool for medical and health care workers, raised $20M led by EQT Life Sciences, bringing its total funding to $30M+
6:45 AM  •
Leah Nylen / Bloomberg:  In its first known crypto probe, the US FTC compels crypto exchange BitMart to turn over information about a December 2021 hack leading to $150M-$200M in losses
6:35 AM  •
Mariella Moon / Engadget:  Google says Search info snippets will use its latest AI model, Multitask Unified Model, to find consensus in results and expands its “About this result” tool
5:55 AM  •
Kristin Robinson / Billboard:  Docs and sources: how two men in Phoenix, Arizona ran one of the largest known YouTube music royalty scams, leading to a 30-count indictment in November 2021
4:25 AM  •
Ionut Ilascu / BleepingComputer:  Microsoft and CISA warn users about DogWalk, a now-patched actively exploited RCE vulnerability in Windows 7, 10, 11, and Server 2008 through 2022
2:35 AM  •
Vishal Chawla / The Block:  Ethereum's third and final proof-of-stake test merge goes live on the Goerli test network, a dress rehearsal for the mainnet merge planned for September 2022
1:50 AM  •
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:  Los Angeles-based Boulevard, whose tools let beauty and wellness salons book appointments, message clients, and accept payments, has raised a $70M Series C
1:00 AM  •
Malavika Kaur Makol / Bloomberg:  India's central bank releases guidelines for digital lending, which is projected to reach $350B in India by 2023, after complaints over harsh recovery tactics
12:35 AM  •
Rita Liao / TechCrunch:  Hong Kong-based Insilico Medicine, which uses machine learning to identify potential drug targets, raised $35M from Prosperity7, bringing its Series D to $95M

August 10, 2022

11:45 PM  •
Bloomberg:  Sources: Elon Musk's lawyers asked the judge in the Twitter case to compel the company to hand over the names of employees who count spam and bot accounts
11:25 PM  •
Erik Hayden / The Hollywood Reporter:  Disney lowers its Disney+ subscriber forecast to between 135M and 165M by 2024, and separates its Disney+ Hotstar subscriber guidance, aiming to hit 80M by 2024
11:10 PM  •
Danny Nelson / CoinDesk:  Coinbase disclosed in its latest quarterly filing that the US SEC is investigating its token listing processes, staking programs, and yield-generating products
10:50 PM  •
Chris Metinko / Crunchbase News:  Beijing-based Geek+, which makes autonomous warehouse robots, has raised a $100M Series E1 from Intel Capital, Vertex Growth, and others at a $2B+ valuation
10:20 PM  •
Jacquelyn Melinek / TechCrunch:  Omaha-based Pinata, which offers NFT media infrastructure and support for crypto projects, raised a $18M Series A led by Greylock and Pantera and a $3.5M seed
10:05 PM  •
Brianna Wessling / The Robot Report:  StradVision, a developer of deep learning-based perception processing software for autonomous vehicles, has raised an $88M Series C from ZF, Aptiv, and others
8:25 PM  •
Sergiu Gatlan / BleepingComputer:  Cisco confirms the Yanluowang ransomware group breached its network in May 2022; Yanluowang claimed to have stolen 2.75GB of data, or ~3.1K files including NDAs
7:25 PM  •
MacKenzie Sigalos / CNBC:  Elliptic: cross-chain bridge RenBridge has been used to launder $540M+ in crime-related crypto cash since 2020, including 53M+ by the Conti ransomware group
6:25 PM  •
Denny Jacob / Wall Street Journal:  Bumble reports Q2 revenue up 18% YoY to $220.5M, vs. $219.4M est., a $6.4M net loss, vs. $2.6M est., and a Q3 guidance below estimates; stock drops 8%+
5:50 PM  •
Aisha Malik / TechCrunch:  Disney hit 221.1M global streaming subscribers in its Q3, above Netflix's 220.7M in its Q2; Disney+ had 152.1M subscribers, Hulu had 46.2M, and ESPN+ had 22.8M
5:30 PM  •
Bloomberg:  Sources: Apple signed a Futuro Studios deal to fund podcast development and production in exchange for the first look to turn any podcast into a film or TV show
5:05 PM  •
Kyle Wiggers / TechCrunch:  Nightfall AI, which provides cloud data loss prevention services, announces a $40M Series B led by WestBridge Capital, bringing its total funding to $60M
4:30 PM  •
Todd Spangler / Variety:  Disney announces Disney+ Basic, its ads tier for $7.99 per month, launching in the US on December 8, and raises the ad-free price from $7.99 to $10.99 per month
4:15 PM  •
Tom Warren / The Verge:  In documents filed with Brazil's competition regulator, Microsoft says Sony pays for “blocking rights” to “prevent developers from adding content to Game Pass”
3:50 PM  •
Devin Coldewey / TechCrunch:  The FCC rejects SpaceX's application for an $885M subsidy to provide Starlink broadband to rural America over 10 years, after tentatively approving it in 2020
2:05 PM  •
Tom Warren / The Verge:  Microsoft open sources its library of 1,500+ 3D emoji, available now on GitHub and Figma, letting creators remix and customize them for free
12:15 PM  •
Todd Spangler / Variety:  NFT startup Dapper Labs hires Nick Grudin, who was at Meta for nearly 12 years and at Newsweek before that, as chief business officer starting in September 2022
11:10 AM  •
Lily Hay Newman / Wired:  A look at Invisv's Pretty Good Phone Privacy mobile data service, available in beta on Android, which is designed to separate users from specific identifiers
10:45 AM  •
Pew Research Center:  An in-depth look at US teenagers and social media in 2022: 95% say they use YouTube, 67% use TikTok, 62% use Instagram, 59% use Snapchat, and 32% use Facebook
10:25 AM  •
Vincent Manancourt / Politico:  Ireland's data regulator says it received objections from other EU regulators to its draft order to block Meta's EU-US data sharing, a reprieve for the company
10:05 AM  •
Reuters:  Iran's Tasnim agency says the country made its first official import order paying with cryptocurrency this week, worth $10M, helping circumvent US sanctions
9:55 AM  •
Tom Matsuda / The Block:  NYC-based Injective, a Layer 1 blockchain that focuses on DeFi use cases, raised $40M in a private token sale, which closed in July 2022, led by Jump Crypto
9:45 AM  •
Mat Smith / Engadget:  Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4 hands-on: an incremental but nice upgrade on the Flip 3, including improvements to durability, the 1.9-inch front display, and Flex mode
9:40 AM  •
Nirave Gondhia / XDA Developers:  Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4 hands-on: improved, more durable displays, easier one-handed use, lighter than the Fold 3, and better cameras, but only 25W charging
9:23 AM  •
Jon Fingas / Engadget:  Samsung unveils the Galaxy Z Flip 4, featuring the same 1.9" and 6.7" displays, battery and camera upgrades, and the Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1, starting at $999
9:20 AM  •
Florence Ion / Gizmodo:  Samsung announces the $230 Galaxy Buds 2 Pro with a smaller form factor, improved ambient noise cancellation, 24-bit Hi-Fi audio, and more; preorders now open
9:15 AM  •
Victoria Song / The Verge:  Samsung debuts the $280 Galaxy Watch 5 and $450 Galaxy Watch 5 Pro, with a touch bezel and better BioActive sensor, mapping features for Pro; preorders now open
9:10 AM  •
Allison Johnson / The Verge:  Samsung debuts the $1,800 Galaxy Z Fold 4 with 6.2" and 7.6" displays, Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1, 12GB of RAM, 256GB+ storage, and a 50MP camera; preorders now open
8:10 AM  •
Kosaku Narioka / Wall Street Journal:  After suffering huge losses, SoftBank plans to reduce its Alibaba stake from 23.7% as of June 30, 2022, to 14.6% by the end of September, gaining ~$34B in Q3
8:00 AM  •
Vikas SN / Moneycontrol:  Snap launches Snapchat+ in India for ~$0.62 per month, offering exclusive, experimental, and pre-release features; the service costs $3.99 per month in the US
7:50 AM  •
Bloomberg:  Indonesian digital wallet provider Dana raised $250M from local conglomerate Sinar Mas and Alibaba's Lazada Group and says it processes 10M transactions per day
7:35 AM  •
Tiyashi Datta / Reuters:  Meta raises $10B in its first-ever bond offering, to fund share buybacks and investments to revamp its business; Meta was the only Big Tech company without debt
7:25 AM  •
Ivan Mehta / TechCrunch:  Spotify quietly tests Spotify Tickets, directly selling live music tickets to users in the US, instead of redirecting buyers to Ticketmaster or Eventbrite
7:10 AM  •
Patrick McGee / Financial Times:  Many small businesses that use personalized online ads are cutting back on marketing, in part due to Apple's ATT, as they face rising customer acquisition costs
6:30 AM  •
Harri Weber / TechCrunch:  Vancouver-based Hootsuite plans to lay off 30% of its workforce, or an estimated 400 people; PitchBook says the social media marketing startup has raised $300M+
6:15 AM  •
Paul Sandle / Reuters:  Deliveroo reports H1 revenue rose 12% YoY to £1B, its pretax loss widened to £147.3M, up 54% YoY from £95.4M, and plans to exit the Netherlands in November
6:05 AM  •
Kim S. Nash / Wall Street Journal:  AWS, Splunk, IBM, CrowdStrike, Rapid7, Cloudflare, Salesforce, Okta, and 10 others launch the Open Cybersecurity Schema Framework to monitor hacking attempts
5:55 AM  •
Debby Wu / Bloomberg:  Foxconn reports Q2 revenue up 12% YoY to ~$50B and ~$1.1B net income, as cloud product sales helped weather supply chain issues and sluggish smartphone demand
4:45 AM  •
Rebecca Elliott / Wall Street Journal:  Filings: Elon Musk sold ~7.9M Tesla shares, worth ~$7B, between August 5 and 9, Musk says to avoid “an emergency sale” if a judge forces his Twitter acquisition
2:40 AM  •
JD Alois / Crowdfund Insider:  Las Vegas-based Fortress Blockchain Technologies, which is building financial, regulatory, and B2B infrastructure tech for Web3 companies, raised a $22.5M seed
1:45 AM  •
Jeff Kauflin / Forbes:  Forage, whose software helps grocers accept online SNAP food stamp payments, has raised a $22M Series A led by Nyca Partners, valuing the startup at ~$100M
1:05 AM  •
Abner Li / 9to5Google:  Google launches Get The Message, a campaign to pressure Apple to support RCS over SMS/MMS, highlighting low-resolution photos and videos, no e2ee, and more
12:12 AM  •
Meta:  Meta says the warrants in the Nebraska case didn't mention abortion, only the burning and burial of a stillborn, came before Roe's reversal, and had a gag order

August 9, 2022

11:15 PM  •
Dan Goodin / Ars Technica:  Cloudflare says three employees fell for an SMS phishing scam, but the company's hardware MFA keys stopped the hackers from accessing its internal network
11:00 PM  •
Kyle Wiggers / TechCrunch:  NYC-based PreciTaste, which uses computer vision to monitor food quality and predict demand and supply in quick-service kitchens, has raised a $24M Series A
10:45 PM  •
Russell Redman / Supermarket News:  Amazon plans to expand its Amazon One palm-recognition payment service to 65+ Whole Foods locations in California in the coming weeks, its first broad rollout
10:10 PM  •
Kathrin Hille / Financial Times:  Sources: Taiwan's national security officials want Foxconn to unwind its $800M stake in Chinese chip company Tsinghua Unigroup, which was announced in July 2022
9:00 PM  •
Emily Birnbaum / Bloomberg:  President Biden's antitrust adviser Tim Wu denies reports he is leaving the White House, saying “I'm not leaving anytime soon — still have lots of work to do”
7:15 PM  •
Mahira Dayal / The Information:  Source: BeReal had 7.9M DAUs in July, up from 2M in January and 10K in March 2021, and raised a Series B led by DST at a $600M pre-money valuation this spring
7:00 PM  •
CNBC:  Court and financial docs show a complex relationship between Voyager and Sam Bankman-Fried's Alameda, including a possible $1.6B crypto asset loan from Voyager
6:15 PM  •
Stephen Shankland / CNET:  Nvidia unveils its Omniverse Avatar Cloud Engine, a suite of cloud-based AI models and services for developers building 3D models of lifelike chatbot avatars
6:05 PM  •
New York Times:  Sources: Walmart has held talks with Paramount, Disney, and Comcast, as the retailer explores bundling a streaming service into its Walmart+ membership program
5:30 PM  •
Bloomberg:  A jury finds former Twitter employee Ahmad Abouammo guilty of spying for Saudi Arabia by turning over Saudi dissidents' account data in exchange for bribes
5:20 PM  •
Jason Koebler / VICE:  Served with warrants, Meta gave a teen's Messenger chats to Nebraska authorities, who charged her and her mother with breaking laws related to an abortion
5:15 PM  •
Cecilia D'Anastasio / Bloomberg:  Roblox misses with Q2 bookings down 4% YoY to $639.9M, vs. $657.2M est., and average DAUs up 21% YoY to 52.2M, vs. 54M est.; stock drops 5%+
5:05 PM  •
Jordan Novet / CNBC:  Coinbase misses with Q2 revenue down 64% YoY to $808.3M, vs. $832.2M est., a $1.1B net loss, trading volume down 53% YoY to $217B, and 9M MTUs
4:35 PM  •
Bloomberg:  Sources: the US DOJ is preparing to sue Google over its ad market business as soon as September, as the DOJ's antitrust division lawyers interview publishers
4:20 PM  •
Oliver Knight / CoinDesk:  Cryptocurrency exchange Nuri, previously known as Bitwala, filed for insolvency in Berlin and says its customers still have access to their deposits
3:05 PM  •
Sara Fischer / Axios:  Miami-based Column, a public benefit company offering software to streamline placing public notices in newspapers, raised a $30M Series A led by Lux Capital
2:45 PM  •
Reuters:  Unity announces it has struck a deal to create Unity China, a joint venture valued at $1B, with partners including Alibaba, China Mobile, Oppo, and Douyin Group
2:25 PM  •
Manish Singh / TechCrunch:  Mountain View-based customer engagement and retention service Clevertap raised a $105M Series D led by CDPQ, valuing it at ~$775M, up from $385M in October 2019
2:10 PM  •
Brandy Betz / CoinDesk:  CreatorDAO, a DAO offering creators capital and operational support for a cut of their future earnings, raised a $20M seed led by a16z and Initialized Capital
1:55 PM  •
Aisha Malik / TechCrunch:  Spotify gives its Android app's home screen separate feeds for Music and Podcasts & Shows to better highlight recommendations, will bring the change to iOS soon
1:30 PM  •
Yang Jie / Wall Street Journal:  A profile of SMIC co-CEO Liang Mong Song, a Taiwanese chip wizard who previously led Samsung's chip development and was one of the key people behind TSMC's rise
12:20 PM  •
Paul Sawers / TechCrunch:  Truework, which integrates with payroll services like Zenefits to help lenders verify borrowers' income and employment, raised a $50M Series C led by G Squared
11:35 AM  •
CoinDesk:  An anonymous Tornado Cash user sent ETH to high-profile crypto users, such as Jimmy Fallon and Brian Armstrong, from a sanctioned address, likely to troll them
11:25 AM  •
Kevin Breuninger / CNBC:  President Biden signs the CHIPS and Science Act into law, including $52B+ for US companies producing semiconductors, as well as billions more in tax credits
10:55 AM  •
Reuters:  AppLovin offers to buy Unity for $58.85 per share, an 18% premium to Unity's Monday closing price, in a $17.54B all-stock deal; AppLovin's stock drops 10.29%
9:50 AM  •
Mike Wheatley / SiliconANGLE:  Tel Aviv-based Shopic, whose shopping cart clip-on device uses AI to identify items, raised a $35M Series B led by Qualcomm, bringing its total funding to $56M
9:40 AM  •
Chainalysis:  A breakdown of the $7.6B+ in ETH sent to Tornado Cash since August 2019: 49.6% was from DeFi, 17.7% was from sanctioned entities, and 10.5% was stolen funds
9:35 AM  •
Elizabeth Napolitano / CoinDesk:  The DOJ says former BitMEX Head of Business Development Gregory Dwyer pled guilty to violating US federal anti-money laundering rules and agreed to a $150K fine
9:25 AM  •
Mike Truppa / The Block:  Reddit partners with Ethereum Layer 2 scaling platform Arbitrum to bring its Community Points system to the Arbitrum Nova blockchain; FTX and others will advise
8:01 AM  •
Prarthana Prakash / Bloomberg:  Micron plans to spend $40B by 2030 to expand US chip manufacturing capacity, helped by government grants and credits, and expects to begin production after 2025
7:35 AM  •
Reuters:  South Korea's telecoms regulator plans an investigation into Apple, Google, and One Store over suspected violations of the country's in-app payment law
7:15 AM  •
Sophie Fullerton / Washington Post:  YouTube, TikTok, and Instagram travel influencers are documenting trips to Syria, helping burnish the regime's image, often sponsored by brands like Surfshark
6:25 AM  •
New York Times:  Russia has rerouted internet traffic in occupied Ukrainian territories through Russian networks since June 2022, blocking uncensored information and services
6:05 AM  •
Bloomberg:  Sources: Beijing has grown frustrated with a years-long failure to develop semiconductors that can replace US chips, capped by anti-graft probes into top execs
5:45 AM  •
Lily Hay Newman / Wired:  GitHub partners with code-signing service Sigstore to add end-to-end signing of npm software packages, helping improve the security of open-source projects
5:35 AM  •
Coco Liu / Bloomberg:  Filing: Alibaba reduced its workforce by 9,241 employees between April and June 2022 to just over 245,000 total, after laying off 4,375 from January to March
4:15 AM  •
Katherine Tangalakis-Lippert / Insider:  Meta's BlenderBot 3 chatbot, released in the US on August 5, repeats antisemitic stereotypes, claims Donald Trump is the current US president, and more
3:04 AM  •
WABetaInfo:  WhatsApp rolls out privacy features to let users leave Groups silently, choose who can see when they are online, and block screenshots of View Once messages
3:00 AM  •
Bloomberg:  ByteDance acquired Amcare Healthcare, one of China's largest private hospital chains, source says for about $1.5B, deepening its foray into health care
2:15 AM  •
Nikita Mazurov / The Intercept:  Amazon's registries for weddings, birthdays, new babies, and more are publicly visible by default, a sensitive personal data one-stop shop for identity thieves
1:10 AM  •
Brad Stone / Bloomberg:  Amazon's planned acquisitions of iRobot and One Medical are emblematic of Andy Jassy's hunt for a so-called fourth “pillar”, beyond AWS, Prime, and Marketplace
12:17 AM  •
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:  Snapchat rolls out parental controls through a new Family Center feature, letting parents see who teens are talking to, but not view the content of the messages

August 8, 2022

11:05 PM  •
Filipe Espósito / 9to5Mac:  WhatsApp now lets users delete a private or group chat message up to 2.5 days after sending it; before, users had one hour, eight minutes, and 16 seconds
10:45 PM  •
Andrew Romero / 9to5Google:  Oppo and OnePlus halt sales in Germany after a court found in July 2022 the two companies used 5G technology without paying for the appropriate Nokia patents

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