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April 27, 2021, 9:30 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 …
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 …
Evan Selleck / iDownloadBlog.com:
Apple releases iOS 14.5, iPadOS 14.5, and watchOS 7.4, allowing Apple Watch owners to unlock with Face ID while wearing a mask  —  Apple has been working on the next update for iPhone and iPad for quite some time, seeding more than half dozen betas in the process.  But now iOS 14.5 and iPadOS 14.5 are now live.
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 …
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
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