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May 6, 2021, 12:05 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 …
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
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.
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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.
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 …
Cayce Clifford / American Banker:
California regulators say neobank Chime has agreed to stop using the words “bank” and “banking” in ads  —  The fintech Chime is nearing a deadline to stop implying that it operates as a bank, according to a settlement agreement with California regulators.
More: Finextra and TechCrunch
Mark Bergen / Bloomberg:
Memo: Google relaxes WFH rules to let more staff work remotely, expecting 20% to be fully remote, 20% to move sites, 60% to return to offices a few days a week  —  Google is giving its employees more flexibility to work from different locations or entirely from home, taking a more lenient policy …
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
TikTok announces new tools for developers, including TikTok Login Kit to let users sign into apps using their TikTok credentials and sound sharing  —  TikTok is expanding its integrations with third-party apps.  The company today announced the launch of two new tool sets for app developers …
Jemima Kelly / Financial Times:
Substack adds Sections so writers can set up and manage multiple newsletters or podcasts within one main publication, facilitating the creation of newsrooms  —  Substack, the $650m Andreessen Horowitz-backed newsletter platform that journalists like to moan talk incessantly about on Twitter, is introducing a new feature.
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Snap to launch a Creator Marketplace later this month to let businesses find Snapchat creators, including lens makers, with plans to expand to Snap Stars  —  Snap on Wednesday announced its plan to soon launch a Creator Marketplace, which will make it easier for businesses to find and partner …
More: MUO and Variety
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 …
Chance Miller / 9to5Mac:
On Day Two of the Apple vs Epic trial, Sweeney said he would have taken an exclusive App Store deal, Apple recounted Epic's praise of Apple's Metal API, more  —  The Apple vs. Epic trial continued today, with Epic CEO Tim Sweeney testifying and facing cross-examination from Apple's layers.
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