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August 6, 2021, 1:00 PM

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Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
In addition to scanning for known child abuse photos, Apple will also begin using on-device ML to warn parents and kids of sexually explicit photos in Messages  —  Apple later this year will roll out new tools that will warn children and parents if the child sends or receives sexually explicit photos through the Messages app.
Financial Times:
Security experts voice privacy concerns over Apple's new plan to scan users' devices for child abuse images, saying governments will likely increase its scope  —  Security researchers raise alarm over potential surveillance of personal devices  —  Apple intends to install software …
Zack Whittaker / TechCrunch:
Apple says in the next couple of months it will begin scanning photos on iOS 15 and macOS Monterey devices in the US for known child abuse images  —  The feature lands later this year, but already faces resistance from security and privacy experts  —  Later this year, Apple will roll …
James Rubin / CoinDesk:
Senators Warner and Portman propose an amendment to infrastructure bill that only excludes crypto miners from broker definition; White House shows support  —  The bill excludes only proof-of-work mining, or the selling of hardware or software that gives individuals control of private keys to access digital assets.
Cristiano Lima / Washington Post:
In a letter to Zuckerberg, the FTC called Facebook's initial claim it cut off NYU researchers' access to comply with an FTC privacy agreement “inaccurate”  —  The Federal Trade Commission has dismissed as “inaccurate” Facebook's claim that it cut off a group of researchers' access …
Nathalie Maréchal / Tech Policy Press:
Facebook's decision to disable researcher's ability to run the NYU's Ad Observatory Project should be a call to regulate the ad tech industry as a whole  —  Another day, another Facebook accountability scandal.  —  On Wednesday, Facebook shut down the accounts of NYU researchers Laura Edelson …
Kareem Anderson / OnMSFT.com:
Microsoft's Panos Panay teases Spotify integration with Windows 11 through a Focus Sessions feature “coming soon”  —  Microsoft's chief product officer, Panos Panay has been on a bit of leak streak as of late, teasing new Spotify integration coming to Windows 11 among other new application focuses.
Dan Strumpf / Wall Street Journal:
Huawei reports Q2 revenue fell 38% YoY to ~$26B, up from a 16.5% drop in Q1 and 11.2% drop in Q4, as US sanctions continue to hurt sales  —  Revenue declines deepen amid U.S. restrictions on chip supply, pressure on buyers  —  HONG KONG—China's Huawei Technologies Co. reported a 38% fall …
José Adorno / 9to5Mac:
Twitter Spaces launches a co-hosting feature, which will now allow rooms to have one host, up to two co-hosts, and ten additional speakers active at once  —  Twitter Spaces is launching a long-awaited feature for its users: co-hosting a Space.  The Clubhouse competitor has been improving …
Keith Zhai / Wall Street Journal:
Sources: China plans to levy a roughly $1B fine on Meituan in the coming weeks for abusing its market position  —  The penalty for allegedly abusing its dominant market position could be announced within weeks, people familiar with the matter say  —  SINGAPORE—China's antitrust regulator …
Jason Schreier / Bloomberg:
Interviews with 50 current and former Blizzard employees detail a toxic workplace, where sexual harassment and discrimination against women were common  —  One summer day in 2018, employees of the video game maker Blizzard Entertainment opened their email to find a brusque message from the chief executive officer, Mike Morhaime.
Adi Robertson / The Verge:
Court filings: Epic says Google called plans to distribute Fortnite via sideloading a threatening “contagion”, and contemplated buying some or all of Epic  —  It also apparently called sideloading ‘an awful experience’  —  Google considered buying Epic Games as the companies sparred …
Ari Levy / CNBC:
Users of Doximity, which has long described itself as a LinkedIn for doctors, find their news feed inundated with anti-vaccine comments from fellow physicians  —  - Doctors on the industry networking site Doximity are finding their news feed inundated with anti-vaccine comments from fellow physicians.
Brian Heater / TechCrunch:
Agricultural manufacturing giant John Deere acquires autonomous tractor startup Bear Flag Robotics for $250M  —  In the world of robotic startups, acquisition is often as good an outcome as any.  And when it comes to robotic tractor startups, you could do worse than being acquired by John Deere.
Wall Street Journal:
China Telecom, one of the country's three big carriers, plans to raise ~$7.3B in a Shanghai share sale, after being delisted from NYSE  —  The stock offering would be the world's biggest new listing in more than a year  —  One of China's big three telecommunications carriers set the price …

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