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May 6, 2021, 2:00 PM

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Makena Kelly / The Verge:
NY AG's office says fake comments, including 8.5M funded by largest US ISPs, accounted for ~18M of the 22M+ net neutrality comments received by the FCC in 2017  —  The New York attorney general's office released a new report detailing the effort  —  The New York attorney general's office issued …
Patrick Howell O'Neill / MIT Technology Review:
Sources: US quietly informed Apple that a Qihoo 360 researcher's iPhone 0-day, which won China's 2018 top hacking contest, was used by China to spy on Uyghurs  —  An attack that targeted Apple devices was used to spy on China's Muslim minority—and US officials claim it was developed at the country's top hacking competition.
Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai / VICE:
Google says it will start verifying users with 2FA enabled using a prompt on their phones, and will soon start automatically enabling 2FA for all users  —  The company is making some changes to encourage more people to adopt a key digital security mechanism.  —  Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai
New York Times:
Nick Clegg, who shaped Facebook's handling of Donald Trump, will lead the final decision-making process after the Oversight Board handed it back to Facebook  —  Nick Clegg, a former deputy prime minister, has shaped the company's handling of Donald Trump at every turn.
Issie Lapowsky / Protocol:
Q&A: Facebook Oversight Board director Thomas Hughes on upholding Trump's ban, why the Board isn't a PR stunt, Facebook refusing to answer its questions, more  —  Following months of speculation, Facebook's Oversight Board issued a quasi-decision Wednesday in the case of former President Donald Trump's account.
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Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
Liam Tung / ZDNet:
Microsoft announces a new pledge for EU commercial users of Azure, Microsoft 365, and Dynamics 365, allowing them to store most of their data in the EU by 2022  —  EU business data stored in Microsoft cloud can almost stop flowing to the US by 2022, but customers might need to pay more for the capability.
Dr. Ian Cutress / AnandTech:
IBM says it has created the first 2nm chip, which can improve performance by 45% at the same power, or same performance at 75% power, compared to 7nm chips  —  Every decade is the decade that tests the limits of Moore's Law, and this decade is no different.
Dan Goodin / Ars Technica:
Manufacturers are rolling out a patch for a vulnerability in Qualcomm chips that affects high-end Android devices from Google, Samsung, LG, Xiaomi, and OnePlus  —  Higher-end devices made by Google, Samsung, LG, Xiaomi, and OnePlus are affected.  —  Makers of high-end Android devices …
Jon Porter / The Verge:
Google Play will add an App Store-like safety section starting next year, requiring apps to show details about the data they collect and other privacy info  —  In a new safety section  —  Starting next year, apps on Google Play will show details about what data they collect …
Lauren Kaori Gurley / VICE:
Drivers say Amazon's US delivery companies are ordering them to turn off an app called Mentor that is designed to prevent accidents by monitoring speed  —  Drivers say they're being asked to quietly disable a driver safety system partway through their shifts.  —  Lauren Kaori Gurley
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Twitter says it is rolling out improved prompts that discourage “harmful” language, first to iOS and then Android, after studies showed prompts were effective  —  A year ago, Twitter began testing a feature that would prompt users to pause and reconsider before they replied to a tweet using …
Maria Deutscher / SiliconANGLE:
Einride, which builds autonomous freight vehicles that have no driver cabin, raises $110M Series B  —  Startup Einride AB today announced that it has raised $110 million in funding to support the rollout of its autonomous freight vehicles, which have no driver cabin and promise …
Kyle Wiggers / VentureBeat:
Huntress, which offers an endpoint security service to IT resellers, raises $40M Series B led by JMI, bringing its total raised to $60M  —  Join Transform 2021 this July 12-16.  Register fo r the AI event of the year.  —  Cybersecurity startup Huntress today announced it has closed …

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