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April 26, 2021, 12:15 AM

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New York Times:
India's government says it ordered Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter to take down dozens of posts critical of its handling of the pandemic; companies complied  —  Aimed at Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, the move sets up a clash over free speech amid a widening political and public health crisis.
Aroon Deep / MediaNama:
Twitter complies with an emergency order from India and hides 50+ tweets, some of which were critical of Modi's handling of COVID-19, from users in the country  —  You're reading it here first: Twitter has complied with government requests to censor 52 tweets that mostly criticised India's handling …
New York Times:
A deep look at the slander industry, and the symbiotic relationship between the sites that host slander and the “reputation management” companies who remove it  —  I wanted to slander someone.  —  My colleague Kashmir Hill and I were trying to learn who is responsible for …
CircleID:
Dan Kaminsky, the celebrated security researcher widely known for his work on discovering crucial DNS security flaws and Sony Rootkit infections, has died at 42  —  The celebrated security researcher, Dan Kaminsky, widely known for his work on discovering crucial DNS security flaws …
Ben Smith / New York Times:
Facebook says it has a policy letting any person initiate a takedown of a post containing an image of their residence, regardless of the post's newsworthiness  —  The New York Post has complained that Facebook is blocking and downplaying its stories.  But the platform doesn't pay any special deference to journalists.
Joanna Ossinger / Bloomberg:
Survey finds direct correlation between the percentage of someone's net worth invested in crypto and negative impacts to their personal relationships  —  - A greater portion of assets in crypto makes issues more likely  — Big gains or losses of money can have an effect: analyst
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Documentary short Colette, co-produced by EA and Oculus Studios for VR game Medal of Honor: Above and Beyond, wins an Oscar, a first for the videogame industry  —  Facebook just won its first Oscar.  —  “Colette,” from the social giant's Oculus VR group and EA's Respawn Entertainment …
Matthew Panzarino / TechCrunch:
Washington Post:
An obscure Florida company began acquiring DoD's IP addresses, now totaling 175M, on Jan. 20; DoD says it is a pilot to prevent unauthorized use of its IP space  —  After decades of not using a huge chunk of the Internet, the Pentagon has given control of millions of computer addresses …
Anna Hensel / Modern Retail:
Affirm to acquire Returnly, a software startup that allows retailers to offer store credit before an item is returned, for $300M in a cash and equity deal  —  Buy now, pay later startup Affirm is looking to acquisitions to gain an edge over its competitors.

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