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April 23, 2021, 12:15 PM

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Anne Steele / Wall Street Journal:
Sources: Spotify to announce an Apple Podcasts Subscriptions competitor next week that will let podcasters set prices without charging them or taking a cut  —  Podcasts exploded in popularity during the lockdown and are on track to bring in more than $1 billion in U.S. ad revenue this year
Technical University of Darmstadt:
Researchers: an AirDrop user's phone number and email address can be learned via nearby Wi-Fi-capable devices when they open an iOS or macOS sharing pane  —  TU-Researchers discover significant privacy leak in Apple's file-sharing service  —  Apple users can share files with each other using AirDrop.
BBC:
After decades of legal battles, 39 former UK postmasters who were convicted of fraud due to faulty accounting software from Fujitsu have their names cleared  —  Judges have quashed the convictions of 39 former postmasters after the UK's most widespread miscarriage of justice.
Arjun Kharpal / CNBC:
A digital coins sell-off, including bitcoin's plunge below $50K, wipes $200B+ in value from crypto markets, on reports Biden will seek a capital gains tax hike  —  - Bitcoin and other digital coins plunged on Friday wiping over $260 billion of the value of the cryptocurrency market.
Eriq Gardner / Hollywood Reporter:
Federal judge rejects motion to dismiss a lawsuit against Apple that alleges the “Buy” option in iTunes is deceptive as Apple can still terminate access  —  Rejecting a motion to dismiss, a federal judge says it is plausible that consumers don't know that access to purchased content can be revoked.
Bloomberg:
Turkish crypto exchange Thodex halts operations amid local media reports that its CEO has fled the country and its losses may be as high as ~$2B  —  - Government blocks bank accounts of crypto exchange Thodex  — Whereabouts of 27-year-old CEO Faruk Fatih Ozer unknown
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Facebook launches a series of global News Feed ranking tests to solicit user feedback on posts they're seeing and what posts users find valuable  —  Facebook may be reconfiguring its News Feed algorithms.  After being grilled by lawmakers about the role that Facebook played in the attack …
Ed Zitron / Where's Your Ed At:
Clubhouse lacks opportunities for virality and monetization that Twitch, Snapchat, and Discord have, and its product is one feature that has been copied easily  —  Clubhouse, an app which allows you to join audio conversations with other people (a function unavailable in any other app or device), is now worth $4 billion.
Andrew J. Hawkins / The Verge:
Consumer Reports says it was “easily” able to trick Tesla's Autopilot system to operate without anyone in the driver's seat  —  Consumer Reports says, ‘Under no circumstance should anyone try this’  —  Consumer Reports said Thursday it was “easily” able to trick Tesla's Autopilot system …
Jennifer Elias / CNBC:
Chris Poole, founder of 4chan, has left Google; he joined the company in 2016 and jumped between several different roles during his five years  —  - Chris “Moot” Poole has left Google five years after his hiring made waves.  — Poole is best known as the “boy-genius” …
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