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August 18, 2021, 9:35 PM

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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.
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.
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
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 …
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.
Maggie Fitzgerald / CNBC:
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:
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
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 …
Jordan Novet / CNBC:
Cisco beats in Q4 with revenue of $13.1B vs. $13.0B est., up 8% YoY, Infrastructure Platforms sales of $7.55B, up 13% YoY, and WebEx sales of $1.34B, down 1%  —  - Cisco exceeded quarterly estimates, but earnings guidance was just slightly off.  — The networking hardware maker called …
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 …
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 …
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 …

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