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April 27, 2021, 9:50 AM

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Javier Espinoza / Financial Times:
Sources: EU will charge Apple with anticompetitive behavior later this week, over concerns that the rules it sets for developers on its App Store break EU law  —  Case began two years ago and is among a number against the US tech group  —  Margrethe Vestager, the EU's competition chief …
Zack Whittaker / TechCrunch:
Researcher shows that for months macOS had a flaw that would let apps run despite not being notarized by Apple's service; bug is patched in macOS Big Sur 11.3  —  Old malware, new tricks.  —  Apple has spent years reinforcing macOS with new security features to make it tougher for malware to break in.
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Spotify launches paid podcast subscriptions for creators in the US, at no cost to creators for two years and a 5% fee starting in spring 2023  —  Spotify today is officially rolling out paid podcast subscriptions, after first unveiling its new subscription platform at the company's “Stream On” event in February.
Jason Fried:
Basecamp's CEO announces a ban on “societal and political discussions” at work, saying the company does not need to solve or even chime in on social problems  —  At Basecamp, we treat our company as a product.  It's not a rigid thing that exists, it's a flexible, malleable idea that evolves.
Catalin Cimpanu / The Record:
DC Police confirm a data breach after a ransomware gang threatens to release files that expose police informants unless the department agrees to pay a ransom  —  A ransomware gang is threatening to leak sensitive police files that may expose police investigations and informants unless …
Patience Haggin / Wall Street Journal:
With iPhone's privacy changes, advertisers will get more ad-performance data for ads bought through Apple than via third parties, giving its ad business an edge  —  Under the iPhone maker's new rules, advertisers will get more ad-performance data for ads bought through Apple than through third parties
New York Times:
Brian X. Chen / New York Times:
Sergiu Gatlan / BleepingComputer:
Microsoft says Microsoft Defender for Endpoint now blocks cryptojacking malware using Intel's silicon-based Threat Detection Technology  —  Microsoft today announced that Microsoft Defender for Endpoint, the enterprise version of its Windows 10 Defender antivirus, now comes with support …
Byron Tau / Wall Street Journal:
A look at the risks posed by data, including geolocation, harvested from common apps for phones belonging to US intelligence officers and military personnel  —  Apps show troop movements buried in data available for purchase: ‘a major risk to national security’
Kirsten Korosec / TechCrunch:
Lyft says it is selling its self-driving unit, called Lyft Level 5 with ~300 employees, to Toyota's Woven Planet Holdings subsidiary for $550M  —  Ride-hailing company Lyft has sold off its autonomous vehicle unit to Toyota's Woven Planet Holdings subsidiary for $550 million …
Alfred Ng / The Markup:
Researchers say preinstalled Android apps can access a log where sensitive contact tracing app information is stored; Google says a fix is being rolled out  —  Researchers say hundreds of preinstalled apps can access a log found on Android devices where sensitive contact tracing information is stored
Kyle Wiggers / VentureBeat:
Automox, which lets security teams automate and conduct cybersecurity actions through policies, raises $110M led by Insight Partners  —  Join Transform 2021 this July 12-16.  Register fo r the AI event of the year.  —  Endpoint management platform Automox today announced it has closed …
Jacqueline Davalos / Bloomberg:
DoorDash revises its pricing structure for US restaurants with three different plans with commissions varying between 15% to 30%  —  - Fees will range from 15% to 30% depending on area, marketing  — Restaurants relied on delivery amid the pandemic but fees hurt
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
US-based neobank Current raises $220M Series D led by a16z, roughly tripling its valuation in five months to $2.2B  —  U.S.-based challenger bank Current, which has now grown to nearly 3 million users, announced this morning it has raised a $220 million round of Series D funding, led by new investor Andreessen Horowitz (a16z).
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