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August 13, 2021, 12:45 PM

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Wall Street Journal:
Craig Federighi says introducing two similar features, iMessage protections for children and CSAM scanning of iCloud photos, at the same time caused confusion  —  Facing criticism about eroding privacy on the iPhone, Apple's Craig Federighi says new tools aimed at best ensuring privacy while fighting illegal images
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Disney+ beats Q3 subscriber estimates, reaching 116M subscribers vs. 114.5M expected; ESPN+ subscribers rose 75% YoY to 14.9M, Hulu grew 21% YoY to 42.8M  —  Disney's streaming service is seeing improved growth, after initially seeing slower numbers of subscriber additions in Q2 as Covid lockdowns and mask mandates came to an end.
Reuters:
Poly Network offers a $500K “bug bounty” to the hacker who returned $340M+ in assets and placed the rest in a wallet jointly controlled by the hacker and Poly  —  Poly Network, the cryptocurrency platform which lost $610 million in a hack earlier this week, confirmed on Friday …
Russell Brandom / The Verge:
Researchers at Berlin-based AlgorithmWatch say they abandoned their research project monitoring the Instagram algorithm after legal threats from Facebook  —  A chilling echo of NYU ad observatory issues  —  Researchers at AlgorithmWatch say they were forced to abandon their research project monitoring …
Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai / VICE:
Nvidia says part of its April keynote was led by a virtual replica of CEO Jensen Huang, created by scanning Huang and then training an AI to mimic his gestures  —  Nvidia pulled off a stunt to promote and showcase its latest technology by digitizing its CEO Jensen Huang in a conference keynote.
Hirsh Chitkara / Protocol:
Illustrators say Corporate Memphis, an art aesthetic synonymous with tech marketing, has stuck around because execs continue to overlook the value of their work  —  You may not have heard of “Corporate Memphis,” but you've almost certainly seen it.  The illustration style can be found …
Amanda Silberling / TechCrunch:
Reddit is quietly rolling out a TikTok-like video feed button on iOS  —  From Instagram's Reels to Snapchat's Spotlight, most social media platforms are looking toward the TikTok boom for inspiration.  Now, even Reddit, a discussion-based forum, is making short-form video more pronounced on its iOS app.
Rory Smith / New York Times:
How soccer industry database Transfermarkt arrives at its highly influential player valuations, even as its data is crowdsourced from volunteers and staff  —  Soccer takes the player valuations posted on the website Transfermarkt extremely seriously.  It has never really stopped to ask where they come from.
Kevin Roose / New York Times:
A look at community NFT projects like Pudgy Penguins, which have become a new kind of financial and social status symbol on the internet  —  Is this what the metaverse looks like?  —  Earlier this week, I got attacked by penguins.  —  Not real ones, mind you.
Mary Ann Azevedo / TechCrunch:
Ualá, which offers a finance management app in Argentina, raises $350 Series D led by SoftBank Latin America Fund and Tencent, at a $2.45B valuation  —  The dollars keep flowing into Latin America.  —  Today, Argentine personal finance management app Ualá announced …
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Naman Ramachandran / Variety:
UK's CMA says it has provisionally found that Facebook's Giphy acquisition could negatively impact competition, such as by denying competitors access to GIFs  —  The merger of social media giant Facebook and Giphy, the largest provider of GIFs, has run into a roadblock from the U.K.'s Competition and Markets Authority (CMA).

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