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August 21, 2021, 12:40 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 …
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 …
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 …
Noel Titheradge / BBC:
Documents show OnlyFans moderators are told to show more leniency for popular accounts posting illegal content than they do for smaller accounts  —  Internal documents, leaked to BBC News, reveal that OnlyFans allows moderators to give multiple warnings to accounts that post illegal content …
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.
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.
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 …
Biz Carson / Protocol:
Q&A with Nick Shenkin, an SF-based FBI special agent, on warning big tech companies about economic espionage and IP theft by Russian and Chinese spies and more  —  When FBI special agent Nick Shenkin starts talking about spies in Silicon Valley, he's not describing a James Bond movie …
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.
Bloomberg:
CEO of South Korea's online retail giant Coupang is facing renewed criticism about working conditions after a fire damaged one of its main fulfillment centers  —  - Coupang CEO Kim under fire for worker treatment in South Korea  — Company says it takes safety and health of employees seriously
Jon Porter / The Verge:
Google says it's shutting down the standalone Android Auto for Phone Screens app with Android 12, in favor of Google Assistant driving mode in Google Maps  —  Android 12 will mark the end of the stopgap app  —  Google has confirmed it's shutting down the standalone “Android Auto for Phone Screens” app with Android 12.
April Glaser / NBC News:
Facebook rolls out new security features for people in Afghanistan, including a one-click tool to quickly lock accounts and limit account discoverability  —  Facebook said Thursday it is rolling out new user controls for people in Afghanistan who are rushing to delete their digital footprints …

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