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July 21, 2021, 1:20 PM

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Dan Goodin / Ars Technica:
Researchers detail two new local privilege escalation vulnerabilities, one in recent builds of Windows 10 and the preview of Windows 11, and the other in Linux  —  Both OSes have flaws that allow attackers with a toehold to elevate access.  —  The world woke up on Tuesday to two new vulnerabilities …
Katie Deighton / Wall Street Journal:
Tumblr starts testing Post+, which allows users to charge their followers a monthly fee in exchange for access to exclusive content, with Tumblr taking a 5% cut  —  Social platform is the latest to let users earn money from posting  —  Microblogging stalwart Tumblr on Wednesday began …
Romain Dillet / TechCrunch:
Epic Games acquires Sketchfab, which operates a repository with 4M+ 3D assets, for an undisclosed sum; Sketchfab reduces its store commission from 30% to 12%  —  New York-based startup Sketchfab has been acquired by Epic Games, the company behind Fortnite and Unreal Engine.
BBC:
EU Commission proposes a new law that would force companies that transfer Bitcoin or other crypto-assets to collect details of recipients and senders  —  Proposed changes to EU law would force companies that transfer Bitcoin or other crypto-assets to collect details on the recipient and sender.
Matthew Green / A Few Thoughts …:
Apple and Google can do more to screw up the economics of NSO-style mass exploitation, and should be pressured to do so  —  This week a group of global newspapers is running a series of articles detailing abuses of NSO Group's Pegasus spyware.  If you haven't seen any of these articles …
Mehul Srivastava / Financial Times:
CTech:
Jessica Bursztynsky / CNBC:
Netflix reports Q2 revenue of $7.34B vs. $7.32B est., up 19% YoY, global paid net additions of 1.54M vs. 1.19M expected; US and Canada region lost 433K subs QoQ  —  - Netflix reported earnings that missed on the bottom line.  — The company's revenue and global paid net subscriber additions beat estimates.
Jay Peters / The Verge:
Washington Post:
Top US Catholic Church official resigns after a Catholic media site obtained his alleged Grindr app and phone location data from an undisclosed data broker  —  The top administrator of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops resigned after a Catholic media site told the conference it had access …
Jon Fingas / Engadget:
Spanish police have arrested UK citizen Joseph O'Connor at the US' request over his alleged involvement in last year's hack of high-profile Twitter accounts  —  Authorities are still cracking down on participants in the July 2020  —  Twitter celebrity hacks.  Spanish National Police have
Ben Schoon / 9to5Google:
Google is shutting down Google Bookmarks on September 30, 2021, and clarifies Starred locations in Google Maps will not be deleted after Bookmarks shuts down  —  After 16 years of service, Google is about to shut down a service that isn't very well known.  On September 30, 2021 “Google Bookmarks” will be closed off for all users.
Brian Heater / TechCrunch:
Samsung announces its next Galaxy Unpacked event will be held virtually on August 11, where it is expected to unveil new foldables  —  Samsung just sent out invites for its next Unpacked event.  There are those companies that like to sneak hints into their invites — and then there's Samsung.
Manish Singh / TechCrunch:
Byju's acquires Epic, a reading service for kids with a presence across 90% of elementary schools in the US, for $500M  —  Byju's said on Wednesday it has acquired California-headquartered reading platform Epic for $500 million, the latest in a series of moves from India's most valuable startup …
Brian Heater / TechCrunch:
LiveControl, whose software enables remote livestream camera operation from professional videographers, raises $30M Series A, bringing its total raised to $33M  —  One thing seems certain: The past year-and-a-half has fundamentally transformed the world of live events.
Abner Li / 9to5Google:
Chrome 92 for iOS enables Face ID and Touch ID protection of Incognito tabs, “Full Page” screenshot support, and more  —  Google is rolling out Chrome 92 for iOS today with a number of new user-facing features and tweaks.  — Chrome 92 rolling out: Android Toolbar shortcut …
Kris Holt / Engadget:
Chance Miller / 9to5Mac:
Twitter begins rolling out a preview of a revamped TweetDeck in the US, Canada, and Australia, featuring an option for wider columns, an Explore column, more  —  Twitter is beginning to test a completely redesigned version of TweetDeck, the company announced today.
Packy McCormick / Not Boring:
A look at Axie Infinity, a Pokémon-like blockchain-based game in which people buy digital pets as NFTs; the game generated $12.2M revenue in June, $79M+ in July  —  Welcome to the 1,267 newly Not Boring people who have joined us since last Monday!  Join 61,505 smart, curious folks by subscribing here:

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