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May 2, 2021, 8:55 PM

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Lora Kolodny / CNBC:
Neuralink's President and co-founder Max Hodak tweets that he has left the brain-computer interface startup  —  - Neuralink co-founder Max Hodak announced Saturday that he is no longer working with the brain tech company he started with Elon Musk.  — Musk - who is also the CEO of auto …
Bloomberg:
Sources: Verizon is nearing a deal to sell its media division, including AOL and Yahoo!, to Apollo; deal could be worth ~$5B and be announced as soon as Monday  —  - Deal for Verizon Media could be announced as soon as Monday  — Division includes online brands Yahoo!, AOL and TechCrunch
Doug Kramer / The Cloudflare Blog:
Cloudflare, which was sued by “patent troll” Sable Networks, is offering a $100K bounty to those who can find evidence of prior art on Sable Networks' patents  —  Here we go again.  —  On March 15, Cloudflare was sued by a patent troll called Sable Networks …
Mark Gurman / Bloomberg:
Epic expert's testimony, based on internal Apple docs, estimates that App Store had an operating margin of 77.8% in 2019; Apple says the estimates are wrong  —  - Apple: Calculations are “simply wrong,” will refute in court  — App Store's profits at heart of allegations of Apple monopoly
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Tom Warren / The Verge:
Microsoft planned to reduce its cut from 30% to 12% for Xbox games too, a document filed as part of Epic vs Apple lawsuit in January shows  —  Confidential Microsoft documents reveal some big plans  —  Microsoft had been planning to cut its Xbox store cut to just 12 percent …
Joseph Cox / VICE:
At least 15 Basecamp employees announced on Twitter that they are leaving the company, with some specifically citing new policy banning political talk at work  —  Multiple employees say they are leaving specifically because of recent policy changes.  —  On Friday, numerous employees …
Alyse Stanley / Gizmodo:
After an investigation found 800+ Etsy listings for weapons, porn, other items violating its policies, Etsy says it'll invest ~$40M in policy enforcement in '21  —  The online marketplace Etsy has been flooded with activity since the pandemic's onset as millions flocked to online shopping to stave off lockdown blues.
Anton Shilov / Tom's Hardware:
Researchers find new exploit leaving all modern AMD and Intel processors with micro-op caches defenseless to Spectre threat, in spite of all current mitigations  —  Micro-op caches prone to attacks.  —  Researchers from two universities have discovered several new variants of Spectre exploits …

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