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August 18, 2021, 7:45 PM

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Joseph Cox / VICE:
Apple says NeuralHash flaw found by researchers in CSAM detection system was in a generic version of the software and not in the final version it plans to use  —  Apple said the version of NeuralHash analyzed by researchers is not the final version that will be used for iCloud Photos CSAM detection.
Issie Lapowsky / Protocol:
Facebook, for the first time, shares a report on the most widely viewed domains, links, posts, and Pages on Facebook in the US during Q2  —  A video of two cats walking, tails intertwined, looking like the best of friends.  A resource site for Green Bay Packers alumni.
Ethan Zuckerman:
Facebook's new report reinforces its narrative that most content on the News Feed is not news, but doesn't provide enough data to make meaningful conclusions  —  What content is popular on Facebook?  —  This is a surprisingly difficult - and very important - question to answer.
Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai / VICE:
Profile of Andrey Shumeyko, who advertised internal Apple docs and devices on forums while being an Apple informant and who says Apple took advantage of him  —  He spent years inside the iPhone leaks and jailbreak community.  He was also spying for Apple.  —  Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Microsoft has made changing default browsers in Windows 11 unnecessarily complex compared to Windows 10, drawing criticism from Firefox and Opera  —  Competitors aren't happy  —  Microsoft's upcoming release of Windows 11 will make it even harder to switch default browsers and ignores browser defaults …
Amy Thomson / Bloomberg:
T-Mobile says an investigation found 7.8M current users and over 40M past and prospective users who applied for credit had information stolen in a cyberattack  —  - About 7.8 million current customers had information stolen  — Records from former and prospective users also accessed
Jon Porter / The Verge:
Samsung confirms it will stop showing ads in default apps, including Weather, Pay, and Theme, starting later this year  —  Including its Weather, Pay, and Theme apps  —  Samsung has confirmed that it will stop showing ads in default apps including Samsung Weather, Samsung Pay, and Samsung Theme.
Russell Brandom / The Verge:
As Facebook bans the Taliban, Twitter says it only takes action against accounts breaking its rules, and YouTube says it will terminate Taliban-linked accounts  —  Who will control Afghanistan's official Facebook page?  —  Social platforms including Facebook, Twitter …
Madhumita Murgia / Financial Times:
Ashley Carman / The Verge:
Podcasters say Apple Podcasts Connect, a requirement for using its new subscriptions product, is buggy and has a confusing UI  —  In April, Apple Podcasts was poised to revolutionize the industry.  It announced in-app subscriptions, as well as an entirely new backend, representing …
Matt Robinson / Bloomberg:
SEC sues three ex-Netflix software engineers and two others for allegedly using confidential subscriber growth numbers to trade ahead of earnings announcements  —  - Group allegedly made $3 million in profits from illicit tips  — Scheme involved illegal trades on subscriber data, SEC says
Nikkei Asia:
Recent COVID-19 outbreaks are slowing plans by Apple, Google, and Amazon to shift production from China to Vietnam as governments tighten border controls  —  Suppliers say tighter border controls are hindering output expansion in Vietnam  —  TAIPEI — Recent outbreaks of COVID-19 …
Ron Miller / TechCrunch:
London-based Stacker, which offers no-code tools to build business apps, raises $20M Series A led by a16z, bringing its total funding to $23M  —  No code platforms have developed into a hot market, and Stacker, a London-based no-code platform is attempting to bring the concept to a new level.
Joseph Bernstein / Harper's:
A look at the focus on disinformation by media, tech, and academic leaders, and how assumptions about disinfo effectiveness echo old media and advertising myths  —  In the beginning, there were ABC, NBC, and CBS, and they were good.  Midcentury American man could come home after eight hours …
Annie Palmer / CNBC:
Amazon is emailing some third-party merchants warning them that Congress' proposed antitrust reforms could limit their ability to sell on Amazon  —  - Amazon is contacting a limited group of third-party sellers to discuss how sweeping antitrust reforms approved in June by the House Judiciary Committee …
Lizette Chapman / Bloomberg:
Filing: Palantir acquired $50.7M in 100-ounce gold bars in August, in preparation for a “black swan event”, and will accept payment from clients in gold  —  - Company spent $50.7 million on 100-ounce gold bars in August  — Customers can now pay for software in Bitcoin, though none has
Chance Miller / 9to5Mac:
Apple says FaceTime's SharePlay feature, heavily promoted during WWDC, will not be released in iOS 15, arriving instead in a later update  —  Apple has made the decision to delay the launch of its new SharePlay feature in iOS 15.  The new feature will be available in a later update to iOS 15 …
Bloomberg:
Sources: several execs at Waymo, which saw a mass exodus of top talent this spring, felt frustrated about the sluggish pace of progress with its driverless tech  —  The world's most famous autonomous car shop has lost its CEO and is still getting stymied by traffic cones.  What's taking so long?
South China Morning Post:
Tencent reports Q2 revenue rose 20% YoY to $21.3B, beating estimates, as profit reached $6.6B, up 29% YoY from $5.1B  —  The Hong Kong-listed company reported a profit of US$6.6 billion in the quarter ended June The results come amid a recent stock market rout for the country's tech sector …
Manish Singh / TechCrunch:
Postman, which helps developers build, test, and iterate their APIs, raises $225M Series D led by Insight Partners at a $5.6B valuation, up from $2B in 2020  —  San Francisco-based Postman, which operates a collaborative platform for developers to help them build, design, test and iterate their APIs …

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