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August 21, 2021, 5:35 PM

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New York Times:
Facebook shelved its content transparency report in Q1 fearing public criticism, as the most-viewed link suggested a doctor died due to a COVID-19 vaccine  —  The company praised itself this week for being “the most transparent platform on the internet.”  —  When Facebook this week released …
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Richard Lawler / The Verge:
OnlyFans shares new TOS for “sexually explicit conduct”: no intercourse, masturbation, exhibition of genitals; any such content must be removed before Dec. 1  —  Sex and masturbation, whether simulated or real, aren't allowed  —  On Thursday the video and image sharing site …
Jeong Park / Sacramento Bee:
A California superior court judge rules that Prop 22 is unconstitutional because it infringes on the Legislature's power to set workplace standards  —  A California judge on Friday ruled that a 2020 ballot measure exempting rideshare and food delivery drivers from a state labor law …
Wall Street Journal:
Sources detail how Jack Ma's relationship with China's leadership soured, as he failed to keep up with Beijing's shifting views and tuned out warnings for years  —  The billionaire entrepreneur matched the heights of America's tech legends but failed to heed warnings that Chinese leader Xi Jinping still called the shots
MacKenzie Sigalos / CNBC:
Chainalysis: global cryptocurrency adoption grew 881% YoY, led by Vietnam, India, and Pakistan, according to metrics such as P2P exchange trading volume  —  - Global crypto adoption has taken off in the last year, up 881%, with Vietnam, India and Pakistan firmly in the lead, according to new data from Chainalysis.
Matthew Hutson / New Yorker:
Profile of Cerebras, which made the world's largest chip by using a “wafer-scale” approach that offers one possibility for AI chips to keep up with Moore's law  —  In the race to accelerate A.I., the Silicon Valley company Cerebras has landed on an unusual strategy: go big.
Eric Benjamin Seufert / Mobile Dev Memo:
FTC's updated suit against Facebook incorrectly claims that Facebook has driven up ad prices via monopoly control over the personal social networking market  —  re-filed its antitrust lawsuit against Facebook  —  after a federal judge deemed that the agency failed to prove …
Catalin Cimpanu / The Record:
Cloudflare says it mitigated a 17.2M rps DDoS attack last month, ~3x larger than any previous DDoS attack, targeting a customer in the financial industry  —  Internet infrastructure company Cloudflare disclosed today that it mitigated the largest volumetric distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack that was recorded to date.
Emily Birnbaum / Politico:
A deep dive into the aggressive lobbying tactics that Apple is using to fight app store bills in Georgia, Arizona, North Dakota, Louisiana, and other US states  —  When Apple wanted to kill off two bills in Georgia this year, it rushed lobbyists to the state legislature …

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