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September 24, 2021, 8:45 AM

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Jon Porter / The Verge:
EU's proposal forces companies to make fast-charging standards interoperable and “unbundles” charger sales; if adopted, companies will have 24 months to comply  —  With the aim of reducing e-waste  —  The European Commission, the executive arm of the European Union …
Associated Press:
European Commission proposes legislation mandating USB-C charging for mobile devices, citing electronic waste; Apple is the main USB-C holdout  —  LONDON (AP) — The European Union unveiled plans Thursday that would require smartphone makers to adopt a single charging method for mobile devices.
Ryan Browne / CNBC:
China's central bank says all cryptocurrency-related activities are prohibited and overseas crypto exchanges providing services in mainland China are illegal  —  - The People's Bank of China said services offering trading, order matching, token issuance and derivatives for virtual currencies are strictly prohibited.
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Twitter integrates Strike's wallet to let users receive tips in bitcoin, rolls out Tips globally on iOS, and will explore support for NFT authentication  —  Twitter's slate of new product announcements is not slowing down.  The company today introduced a number of new initiatives aimed …
Florence Ion / Gizmodo:
Google announces a range of features for Android, Google TV, Assistant, and Gboard, including some that were previously Pixel exclusives  —  The company just pushed out over a dozen new Android features, including some we thought would be limited to Android 12.  —  Alerts
Jon Porter / The Verge:
Google details several accessibility features coming to Android 12, including facial gesture controls, handwriting recognition, and an app for low-vision users  —  Alongside new Assistant and Gboard additions  —  Google's raft of new features coming to Android this fall includes some interesting new accessibility features.
Bloomberg:
New York City passes bills establishing minimum pay and worker protections for app-based couriers, including those working for Grubhub, Uber, and DoorDash  —  - Legislation includes setting a minimum per-trip payment  — Couriers and customers will be granted more tip transparency
Lauren Feiner / CNBC:
Facebook says its global head of safety, Antigone Davis, will testify before the Senate Commerce subcommittee on consumer protection on September 30  —  - Facebook agreed to send Antigone Davis, global head of safety, to testify before the Senate Commerce subcommittee on consumer protection on Sept. 30.
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Cristiano Lima / Washington Post:
Illusionofchaos / Habr:
Researcher discloses three iOS zero-days, says they were reported to Apple before May 4 and are still exploitable in iOS 15 after Apple failed to fix them  —  Information Security *Development for iOS *Development of mobile applications *Reverse engineering *
The Verge:
Tim Sweeney says Apple told Epic that it will not consider reinstating Epic's developer account until all legal appeals have concluded, likely years from now  —  Epic CEO Tim Sweeney revealed the conversation in a series of tweets  —  Fortnite will not be returning to the iOS App Store any time soon …
Andy Greenberg / Wired:
Interview with DeSnake, the self-proclaimed co-founder of dark web market AlphaBay taken down by the DOJ in 2017, on relaunching, security, and more  —  DeSnake apparently eluded the DOJ's takedown of AlphaBay.  The admin talked to WIRED about his return—and the resurrection of the notorious underground marketplace.
FinSMEs:
Hayden AI, an AI-powered autonomous traffic management service, raises $20M Series A led by TYH Ventures  —  Hayden AI, a San Francisco CA-based autonomous traffic management platform provider, raised $20M in Series A funding.  —  The round, which brought the total funding to over $30m …
JD Alois / Crowdfund Insider:
OY! Indonesia, an offline and online payments service, raises $30M Series A led by SoftBank Ventures Asia at a $100M valuation  —  SoftBank Ventures Asia has led the $30 million Series A funding round in OY!  Indonesia.  MDI, Pavilion Capital, AC Venture, CCV, Wavemaker, PT SAT, Saison Capital Pte.
Davey Alba / New York Times:
Interview with Maryana Iskander, Wikimedia Foundation's next CEO, on the org's transparency, handling misinformation on Wikipedia pages, and more  —  Two decades ago, Wikipedia arrived on the scene as a quirky online project that aimed to crowdsource and document all of human knowledge and history in real time.
Clara Molot / Bloomberg:
Opentrons, whose robots help life scientists automate experiments and processes, raises $200M Series C led by SoftBank Vision Fund 2 at a $1.8B valuation  —  - $200 million funding boosts Opentrons' value to $1.8 billion  — Startup uses pool testing to speed the process, lower costs

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