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July 12, 2021, 1:20 AM

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Kif Leswing / CNBC:
Profile of PodSwap, a startup offering a battery replacement service for Apple's AirPods, and a great example of why we need right-to-repair legislation  —  - Owners have noticed that Apple AirPods eventually will last only an hour or so before needing to be recharged, compared to their four-to-five-hour battery life out of the box.
Eriq Gardner / The Hollywood Reporter:
Netflix will benefit from Biden's EO as net neutrality resurfaces and competitors' mergers face scrutiny, such as the Amazon-MGM and WarnerMedia-Discovery deals  —  The streaming giant should welcome — even celebrate — the White House's efforts to promote competition.  Why?  Look closely.
James Pearson / Reuters:
Investigation sheds light on Force 47, the Vietnamese army's online information warfare unit behind pro-state Facebook Groups that aim to correct “wrong views”  —  In Vietnam, where the state is fighting a fierce online battle against political dissent, social media “influencers” …
Wall Street Journal:
Sources: ridesharing giant Didi gave Chinese regulators the impression it would pause its IPO, as it told bankers in New York it had a green light from Beijing  —  The ride-sharing giant gave regulators in Beijing the impression it would pause the IPO.  It told bankers in New York it had a green light.
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Cal Newport / New Yorker:
The key for tech companies to make remote work sustainable is not through policy, but by shifting “work” away from in-person surveillance toward defined results  —  Companies must move away from surveillance and visible busyness, and toward defined outcomes and trust.
The Economic Times:
Twitter names a resident grievance officer for India and publishes a compliance report, meeting two key requirements under India's new IT rules  —  Amid tensions with the government, Twitter has appointed a Resident Grievance Officer, days after it designated a chief compliance officer …
Rebecca Rubin / Variety:
Disney says Marvel's Black Widow has earned $60M+ on opening weekend via its Premier Access program, which lets Disney+ subscribers rent the movie for $30  —  The film, starring Scarlett Johansson, is the first from the Marvel Cinematic Universe to open simultaneously in movie theaters and on Disney Plus …
Bloomberg:
Five former Kaseya employees say they had warned the company about its lax security practices, and were laid off or quit as Kaseya failed to address the issues  —  - Ransomware attack hit as many as 1,500 businesses this month  — Workers say Kaseya ignored warnings about key vulnerabilities

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