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Christopher Bing / Reuters:
Cybersecurity experts say FBI is investigating Ryuk ransomware attacks on more than two dozen US hospitals, and officials warned hospitals to back up systems  —  WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The FBI is investigating the recent targeting with ransomware of more than two dozen hospitals across …
Gilad Edelman / Wired:
The Senate's Section 230 hearing, with Dorsey, Zuckerberg, and Pichai, only briefly discussed the law, instead letting Republicans berate Dorsey for soundbites  —  Republican senators unloaded on Twitter's Jack Dorsey, but had little to say about reforming the foundational internet law.
Casey Newton / Platformer:
Section 230 hearing never mentioned 2018's FOSTA-SESTA law, which, with the full support of Facebook, resulted in over-moderation, hurting smaller sites  —  What is it going to take to get good tech policy in America?  —  1 hr  —  An error message is seen as Sen. Rick Scott (R-FL) …
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Anne Steele / Wall Street Journal:
Spotify had total Q3 revenue of €1.97B, up 14% YoY, ARPU of €4.19, down 10% YoY, with 320M MAUs, up 29% YoY, and 144M paying subscribers, up 27% YoY  —  Listening time, revenue increased as use in cars and homes grew  —  Spotify Technology SA moved past a slump that hit early in the pandemic …
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Shara Tibken / CNET:
Samsung reports operating profit of $10.9B in Q3, up 59% YoY, on highest ever quarterly revenue of $59B, up 8% YoY, led by strong demand for its smartphones  —  While the pandemic continues to rage, consumers are buying phones and other electronics again.  —  The pandemic-caused lull …
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Microsoft adds live custom data types to Excel, letting users import their data, a feature currently available to Office beta testers in the Insiders program  —  Excel now goes far beyond text and numbers  —  Microsoft is overhauling Excel with the ability to support custom live data types.
New York Times:
A look at startup culture wars happening around Coinbase, Expensify, and others as they become embroiled in a debate over the role of politics in the workplace  —  Coinbase, Expensify, Soylent, Clubhouse and others are embroiled in a culture war over politics and the workplace.
Ashley Cullins / Hollywood Reporter:
Craig Chapple / Sensor Tower Blog:
Genshin Impact, a freemium mobile RPG, grossed $245M in worldwide player spending in its first month, making it one of the largest mobile game launches ever  —  Global blockbuster Genshin Impact from miHoYo has amassed $245 million in player spending during its first month …
Brandon Russell / XDA Developers:
Sony updates its PlayStation App for iOS and Android, introducing in-app voice chat support, a revamped UI, PlayStation Store integration, and more  —  Ahead of the PlayStation 5's launch on November 12, Sony has introduced a big update to its PlayStation App for Android and iOS.
Jonathan Albright / Medium:
A look at 493 COVID related iOS apps across 98 countries including each app's permissions requests, developer location and embedded SDKs, sorted by categories  —  Health and Fitness - Pandemic: The Next App Store Genre?  —  Since the Coronavirus pandemic began, a host of Covid-19 applications have emerged.
Dade Hayes / Deadline:
Sports streaming service DAZN is expanding to 200 countries and territories on December 1  —  EXCLUSIVE: Sports streaming service DAZN is expanding to 200 countries and territories on December 1, with initial monthly pricing of £1.99 or less.  —  Launched in 2016 and backed …
Uwagbale Edward-Ekpu / Quartz:
Facebook and Instagram mislabeled some posts on Nigeria's EndSARS protests as “fake news”, while Twitter actively boosted posts on the mostly peaceful protests  —  The two and a half week-long #EndSARS protests in Nigeria against police brutality has garnered attention …

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