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February 22, 2021, 11:00 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 …
Alex Barker / Financial Times:
Microsoft says it will work with Europe's four largest news publishing lobbying groups to “mandate payments” for content used by “gatekeepers”  —  Seattle-based company aligns with press industry and exploits difficulties of rivals  —  Microsoft has joined forces …
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.
Sara Fischer / Axios:
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, after banning them following …
Cory Doctorow / Pluralistic:
Deep dive on CALERA, the Competition and Antitrust Law Enforcement Reform Act unveiled by Sen. Klobuchar, that would effectively revamp US antitrust enforcement  —  When it's railroading time, you get railroads.  —  When the railroads turn into the personal satrapies of rail-barons, you get trustbusters.

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