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September 2, 2021, 4:50 AM

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Apple:
Apple will let developers of “reader” apps worldwide link to a website to set up or manage accounts early next year, closing an antitrust investigation by Japan  —  Apple will let developers of “reader” apps around the world link to an external website to set up or manage an account beginning early next year
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Kait Sanchez / The Verge:
Twitter launches Super Follows for iOS, letting a select group of US test users charge either $2.99, $4.99, or $9.99 per month for their tweets  —  Select users in the US can now charge for tweets  —  Twitter is starting to roll out Super Follows, its new feature that lets users charge for subscriber-only content.
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Microsoft announces an online-only Surface hardware event for September 22, where an updated Surface Duo and Laptop are expected  —  New Surface hardware is on the way  —  Microsoft is holding a special Surface hardware event on September 22nd.  The software maker has started sending media invites …
Lauren Feiner / CNBC:
FTC bans “stalkerware” company Support King, whose Android app allegedly secretly harvested users' location and other data, from the surveillance business  —  - The Federal Trade Commission voted unanimously to ban what it called a “stalkerware app company” and its CEO …
Jarrod Doherty / Twitter:
Twitter introduces Safety Mode, which blocks harassing accounts for seven days, in beta for some English-language accounts  —  Feeling safe on Twitter looks different for everyone.  We've rolled out features and settings that may help you to feel more comfortable and in control of your experience …
Jonathan Stempel / Reuters:
Filing: SEC sues Satish Kumbhani, the founder of now-defunct BitConnect, and a promoter over alleged $2B crypto fraud scheme; Kumbhani's location is unknown  —  The top U.S. securities regulator on Wednesday sued the founder of the now-defunct cryptocurrency exchange platform BitConnect …
Jeffrey Dastin / Reuters:
Makena Kelly / The Verge:
Texas Senate passes bill banning social media companies with 50M+ users from censoring users' political views; Gov. Abbott is expected to sign it into law  —  But experts argue it's unconstitutional  —  Texas is one step closer to enacting a law that would make it more difficult …
Taylor Lorenz / New York Times:
Profile of Li Jin, an aggressively pro-worker VC who founded Atelier Ventures, which manages $13M, to invest in influencer-related startups  —  Li Jin, 31, began backing creators years ago.  She has raised her own fund to invest in influencer-related start-ups.
Kishan Vyas / XDA Developers:
Qualcomm announces aptX Lossless, a new feature of its aptX Adaptive codec that Qualcomm says can deliver 16bit/44.1kHz CD-quality audio over Bluetooth  —  Qualcomm today announced aptX Lossless, a new feature of aptX Adaptive that promises to deliver CD-quality lossless audio over Bluetooth.
Mark Gurman / Bloomberg:
Apple says it has asked all of its US employees to report their vaccination status voluntarily by mid-September, but stops short of mandating COVID-19 vaccines  —  - Company is still stopping short of mandating Covid-19 shots  — It previously ramped up an optional virus testing program
Amy Lewin / Sifted:
French grocery delivery startup Cajoo raises $40M Series A from Carrefour and others and plans an expansion into Europe early next year  —  Landing a supermarket as a strategic investor gives Cajoo an edge, argues Capoul.  —  “Some competitors have much more money than us, but we have an advantage in Carrefour,” he says.
Khari Johnson / Wired:
300+ organizations are urging the EU to redefine key terms in the draft AI Act, asking to label more AI systems as high risk and ban some forms of AI entirely  —  Everyone from tech companies to churches wants a say in how the EU regulates AI that could harm people.  —  The AI Database →
Ionut Ilascu / BleepingComputer:
Bangkok Airways confirms LockBit ransomware has leaked 200GB+ of data including passenger details; LockBit has also published stolen data of Ethiopian Airlines  —  Bangkok Airways, a major airline company in Thailand, confirmed it was the victim of a cyberattack earlier this month that compromised personal data of passengers.
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