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June 27, 2022, 11:10 PM

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TechCrunch:
Analysis of Stardust period tracking app, the top free app on the US App Store on June 25, shows it shares users' phone numbers with analytics company Mixpanel  —  The app was found sharing users' phone numbers with an analytics firm  —  Period tracking app Stardust surged to the top …
Samantha Cole / VICE:
Stardust's privacy policy said it may share “anonymized, encrypted” data to third parties “whether or not legally required”, before being changed after pushback  —  Stardust Period Tracker was the most-downloaded free app on iOS over the weekend.  —  Samantha Cole
Washington Post:
With Roe overturned, privacy advocates worry period tracking apps are sharing data, with partners or affiliates, that may become evidence of a crime  —  Privacy advocates fear that fertility data could fall into the wrong hands.  —  With a menstrual-tracking app, you can see when your periods and fertile days start and end.
Emma Roth / The Verge:
Google says Hangouts will shut down in November as it begins prompting mobile Hangouts users to move to Chat  —  It'll start moving mobile Hangouts users to Chat today  —  After sunsetting Google Hangouts for Workspace users in February, Google's now beginning the process of migrating free, personal Hangouts users to Chat.
Allison Johnson / The Verge:
T-Mobile launched App Insights, letting marketers target its wireless customers based on apps they have installed and engagement patterns; users can opt out  —  T-Mobile's advertising business is offering a new way for marketers to pry into your app-using habits.
Olivia Snow / Wired:
How SCOTUS overturning Roe could be used to curb online freedoms and surveil vulnerable populations, as happened to sex workers following FOSTA/SESTA in 2018  —  FOSTA/SESTA—laws that deplatformed sex workers—helped build the gallows for overturning Roe v. Wade.
Andrew Rummer / The Block:
Voyager Digital issues a default notice to Three Arrows Capital for failing to repay a $650M+ loan; Voyager accessed $75M of credit from Alameda Research  —  - Voyager Digital has issued a default notice against Three Arrows Capital for failure to repay a loan worth more than $650 million.
Jacquelyn Melinek / TechCrunch:
Sam Bankman-Fried says there are no active talks for FTX to acquire Robinhood; Robinhood says no acquisition can go through without the founders' approval  —  SBF praises Robinhood, hints at possible partnerships  —  Crypto exchange FTX is open to partnering with Robinhood Markets …
Vicky Ge Huang / Wall Street Journal:
As crypto markets melt down, hedge funds are increasingly shorting tether, as a bet against either the broader economy or the quality of the assets backing USDT  —  Professional investors got interested in shorting tether after the collapse of another stablecoin, TerraUSD
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Wall Street Journal:
Taiwan-based GlobalWafers announces plans to build a $5B silicon wafer factory in Sherman, Texas, aiming to reach 1.2M wafers per month, covering all US demand  —  A GlobalWafers plant in Texas hinges on legislation pinned down in a partisan dispute  —  WASHINGTON—A Taiwan-based company …
Ashley Gold / Axios:
Filing: Google asks the US FEC to green light a program that would exempt campaign-related emails from spam; GOP alleges Gmail unfairly flags its emails as spam  —  Google has asked the Federal Election Commission to green light a program that could keep campaign emails from ending up in spam folders …

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