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April 22, 2021, 8:55 AM

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Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai / VICE:
Signal's CEO says he analyzed a Cellebrite device, used to extract data from phones, that fell off a truck, and it is full of easily exploitable security flaws  —  One of the biggest encrypted chat apps in the world just showed how a device used to decrypt messages can be hacked and tampered with.
Senate Judiciary Subcommittee:
Recording of the Senate Judiciary subcommittee hearing to examine competition in app stores, with testimony from Apple, Google, Spotify, Tile, and others  —  Subcommittee on Competition Policy, Antitrust, and Consumer Rights.  Mr. Kyle Andeer Chief Compliance Officer Apple Cupertino …
Bloomberg:
During Senate hearing, Spotify and Match said Apple abuses its power over app developers, leveraging its user base; Spotify said the goal is to hurt rivals  —  - Spotify, Match, Tile blast Apple over fees, barriers to rivals  — Match lawyer says Apple told company: ‘You owe us every dime’
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Mark Gurman / Bloomberg:
Sources: iOS 15 and iPadOS 15 to include upgrades to notifications, redesigned iPad Home Screen, updated Lock Screen, and additional privacy protections  —  - New privacy tools, updates to iMessage app also planned  — Company to show software updates at June developer conference
Financial Times:
Sources: Apple plans to expand its ad business and add a second ad slot in the App Store search page even as it introduces privacy rules crippling ads by rivals  —  New privacy rules deal a huge blow to how the mobile advertising industry works  —  Apple will expand its advertising business …
Chaim Gartenberg / The Verge:
Twitter rolls out the option to upload and view 4K images on Android and iOS to all users, after testing the feature earlier this year  —  Twitter finally fixes its low-res picture problem  —  Get ready for Twitter to start looking a whole lot crisper — starting today …
Ryan Tracy / Wall Street Journal:
FTC nominee Lina Khan appeared on track to be confirmed after she signaled support for an aggressive approach to Big Tech during her hearing  —  Sen. Cruz ‘looks forward’ to working with Lina Khan, but other Republicans question her views and experience  —  WASHINGTON— Lina Khan …
Nic Fildes / Financial Times:
Dish partners with AWS to build the first public cloud-based 5G network, which Dish plans to launch initially in Las Vegas in the third quarter  —  World's first public cloud-based 5G network will run on AWS in major test for global telecoms  —  Dish Network has become the first telecoms company …
Bloomberg:
Sources: Google's Ethical AI group was in turmoil long before the ouster of Gebru and Mitchell, after friction over handling of harassment and bias allegations  —  The ouster of lead researchers Gebru, Mitchell followed years of friction over how Google handled allegations of harassment and bias
Juli Clover / MacRumors:
Files from REvil, which is extorting Apple supplier Quanta, appear to confirm new MacBook Pros with MagSafe, USB-C, HDMI, SD card slot, and no Touch Bar  —  Schematics stolen from Apple supplier Quanta Computer outline Apple's plans for the next-generation MacBook Pro models that are expected in 2021 …
Catalin Cimpanu / The Record:
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Google announces updates to Meet, rolling out next month on desktop, including a new UI, improved presentation features, and background replacement  —  Background video, automatic light adjustment, and much more  —  Google is refreshing its Meet user interface next month for desktop and laptop users.
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Bux, which lets users in Europe invest in shares and ETFs without paying commissions, raises $80M co-led by Prosus Ventures and Tencent  —  A new wave of apps have democratized the concept of investing, bringing the concept of trading stocks and currencies to a wider pool of users who can use …
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Joseph Cox / VICE:
Bipartisan lawmakers introduce Fourth Amendment Is Not For Sale Act to address police surveillance, including banning warrantless location data purchases  —  The sweeping bill has support from both Democrats and Republicans, and will address multiple forms of surveillance.  —  Joseph Cox
Ari Levy / CNBC:
UiPath closes at $69 on its debut, valuing the company at $35.8B, after pricing shares at $56 and raising $1.34B  —  - UiPath and its investors sold about 23.9 million shares at $56 apiece, bringing in $1.34 billion in the IPO.  — The company, whose software automates repetitive office tasks …
Cody Godwin / BBC:
UK's Met Office and Microsoft plan to build a weather forecasting supercomputer in the UK for more detailed weather models, better local forecasts, and more  —  The Met Office is working with Microsoft to build a weather forecasting supercomputer in the UK.
Mary Ann Azevedo / TechCrunch:
Tribal Credit, which offers credit lines to startups and SMBs in emerging markets via an AI-driven approval process, raises $34.3M in a Series A and debt round  —  The B2B payments space has seen an explosion in demand, and investor interest, in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic as businesses try …
More: PYMNTS.com
Gillian Tan / Bloomberg:
Deep Instinct, whose software uses deep learning to predict and prevent malware and other cyberattacks, raises $100M led by BlackRock  —  BlackRock Inc. is leading a $100 million investment round for Deep Instinct, a cybersecurity software startup.  —  Other participating investors include …
Nicolas Parasie / Bloomberg:
Saudi startup Tamara, which offers customers the flexibility to pay later for online purchases, raises $110M Series A led by Checkout.com  —  - Deal is one of the Mideast's largest startup investments ever  — Payments business Checkout.com is among biggest fintech firms

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