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February 22, 2021, 10:15 AM

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Bloomberg:
Clubhouse says it has added security safeguards and banned a user after some Clubhouse audio and metadata was found on a third-party website  —  - The app's creators had been warned user data was vulnerable  — An unidentified user streamed audio chats to their own website
Sami Fathi / MacRumors:
Gartner: in Q4 2020, Apple sold 80M new iPhones globally, overtaking Samsung to become the largest smartphone vendor, increasing its market share by ~15%  —  Apple overtook Samsung to become the largest smartphone vendor worldwide in the fourth quarter of 2020, a feat not achieved by Apple since 2016 …
Anton Troianovski / New York Times:
Russian officials are trying to lure people onto social networks tied to the government, in an attempt to keep dissent from going viral at moments of crisis  —  The Kremlin has constructed an entire infrastructure of repression but has not displaced Western apps.  Instead, it is turning to outright intimidation.
Ben Smith / New York Times:
Russian investigative journalism is flourishing alongside “probiv”, the buying of data on phone calls, cell location, or air travel off Telegram or the dark web  —  A new wave of news outlets has used conventional, and unconventional, methods to pierce the veil of Putin's power.
BuzzFeed News:
Sources: Zuckerberg's personal intervention to reduce the severity of Alex Jones' ban in 2019 slowed down Facebook's efforts to deal with dangerous content  —  In April 2019, Facebook was preparing to ban one of the internet's most notorious spreaders of misinformation and hate, Infowars founder Alex Jones.
Dina Bass / Bloomberg:
Seattle-based Highspot, which makes software for training and managing sales employees, raises $200M led by Tiger Global at a $2.3B valuation  —  New investments from Tiger, Bain value the sales software maker at $2.3 billion  —  Salesforce.com Inc.-backed Seattle startup Highspot …
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Sara Fischer / Axios:
Internal email: Google tells ad partners that it will lift its ban on all political ads starting Wednesday, after banning them following the Capitol riot  —  Google informed its advertising partners Monday that its platforms will resume accepting all political ads starting Wednesday …

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