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August 10, 2021, 8:35 AM

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Ben Thompson / Stratechery:
Apple's plan to find CSAM should have centered around scanning images on iCloud servers, not on users' devices, where there is a greater expectation of privacy  —  It was in August 2009, two months after the release of the iPhone 3GS, that the barbarians crashed the gates; from The Online Photographer:
Ben Lovejoy / 9to5Mac:
Apple publishes a CSAM FAQ to address misconceptions and concerns about photo scanning  —  Apple has responded to misconceptions and concerns about its photo scanning announcements by publishing a CSAM FAQ - answering frequently asked questions about the features.
Jeff Benson / Decrypt:
The latest cryptocurrency compromise amendment to Senate's infrastructure bill fails to reach a vote after Sen. Shelby files an objection over military spending  —  The Senate rejected an amendment championed by the cryptocurrency industry that exempts non-custodial crypto actors …
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Sam Byford / The Verge:
Samsung unveils the 5nm Exynos W920 for wearables, featuring two Cortex-A55 cores and a Mali-G68 GPU, and claims 20% better CPU and 10x better GPU performance  —  New hardware for new software  —  Samsung has announced the Exynos W920, a new processor designed for smartwatches and other wearables.
Stephen Shankland / CNET:
Twitter's photo cropping algorithm favors people with slimmer, younger-looking faces, and lighter skin; a researcher was awarded $3,500 for the discovery  —  A researcher at Switzerland's EPFL technical university won a $3,500 prize for determining that a key Twitter algorithm favors faces …
Dave Lee / Financial Times:
Amazon says it will pay up to $1,000 in damages for dangerous goods sold by third-party merchants starting September 1 in the US  —  More than half of products sold on the platform come from third parties and are not vetted by ecommerce giant  —  Amazon will start directly paying compensation …
Zoe Schiffer / The Verge:
Labor lawyers say Apple has violated worker protections by shutting down three employee-run surveys on women and underrepresented minorities' pay equity  —  Apple insists it does not have a problem with pay inequality.  Skeptical Apple employees have been trying to verify that claim by sending …
Taylor Lorenz / New York Times:
How text-heavy meme posts, often paired with nonsensical, low-quality images, have begun sweeping through Instagram, thanks largely to Gen-Z accounts  —  Fueled by Gen Z, text-heavy meme posts, often paired with nonsensically unrelated pictures, are turning the photo and video app into a destination for written expression.
Mitchell Clark / The Verge:
Google adds NFC to its Titan Security Key lineup, with a USB-C model available for $35 and a USB-A model for $30, and discontinues the Bluetooth-based model  —  Fewer decisions to make, and one less model  —  Google announced updates to its Titan security key lineup on Monday …

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