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August 5, 2021, 7:15 AM

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Gilad Edelman / Wired:
Mozilla's analysis says Facebook's justifications for cutting off access to researchers running NYU's Ad Observatory project “simply do not hold water”  —  The company says privacy concerns forced it to block access for a team of academics.  Whose privacy, exactly?
Bloomberg:
Facebook says it has disabled the accounts, apps, Pages, and access to its APIs for researchers running NYU's Ad Observatory Project, citing TOS violations  —  - Company says researchers of political ads were scraping data  — NYU's Ad Observatory got cease-and-desist letter last October
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
TikTok says it is testing TikTok Stories; source says Stories are available in a handful of markets outside the US  —  Twitter may have shut down its Stories features known as Fleets, but the Stories format will continue to invade other social platforms.  TikTok today confirmed it's piloting …
Michael McSweeney / The Block:
Senators Lummis, Wyden, Toomey propose amendment to infrastructure bill excluding crypto developers, miners, node operators, others from the “broker” definition  —  A trio of U.S. senators is proposing a legislative exclusion for crypto companies, including miners and software developers …
Jessica Bursztynsky / CNBC:
Uber beats estimates with record gross bookings of $21.9B, up 114% YoY, adjusted EBITDA loss of $509M, an improvement from $837M YoY; stock down ~5%  —  - Uber beat on both the top and bottom lines in its second-quarter earnings report Wednesday.  — The company reported a net income of $1.1 billion for the quarter.
Zoe Schiffer / The Verge:
Apple places female engineering program manager on administrative leave after she tweeted about sexism in the office  —  Ashley Gjøvik says the employee relations team implied she should stay off Slack pending an ongoing investigation  —  Apple has placed senior engineering program …
Benjamin Mayo / 9to5Mac:
Apple is reportedly considering using on-device hashing algorithms to match photos with known child abuse material, a potentially problematic practice  —  Apple is reportedly set to announce new photo identification features that will use hashing algorithms to match the content of photos …
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Microsoft pauses free trials of its new Windows 365 service, which lets users stream Windows 10 or 11 via web browser, after “significant demand”  —  Windows 365 lets you stream a cloud PC to a web browser  —  Microsoft launched its new cloud PC Windows 365 service earlier this week …
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
EA beats estimates with Q1 total net revenue of $1.55B, up from $1.46B YoY, net income of $204M, down from $365M YoY, and net bookings of $1.34B, down 3% YoY  —  Watch now.  —  Electronic Arts reported better-than-expected earnings today for the first fiscal quarter ended June 30 …
Joseph Cox / VICE:
Internal document: Google fired dozens of engineers between 2018 and 2020 for abusing their access to data and tools  —  Some allegations potentially center around accessing Google user or employee data.  —  Joseph Cox  —  Google has fired dozens of employees between 2018 and 2020 …

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