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September 29, 2021, 10:10 PM

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Gerrit De Vynck / Washington Post:
YouTube says it is banning prominent anti-vaccine activists, including Robert F. Kennedy Jr, and blocking all anti-vax content, not just about COVID-19 vaccines  —  The Google-owned video site previously only banned misinformation about coronavirus vaccines.  Facebook made the same change months ago.
Cheyenne Ligon / CoinDesk:
Ethereum developer Virgil Griffith pleads guilty to violating US sanctions law following a crypto and blockchain presentation at a 2019 North Korean conference  —  Griffith was charged with violating sanctions law by giving a cryptocurrency and blockchain presentation at a North Korean conference in 2019.
Reuters:
Russia arrests Ilya Sachkov, the CEO of cybersecurity company Group-IB, on suspicion of treason and will hold him in custody for two months  —  Russia has arrested Ilya Sachkov, the chief executive of top Russian cybersecurity company Group IB, on suspicion of state treason and will hold …
Catalin Cimpanu / The Record:
Researchers discover a malware operation that has infected 10M+ Android devices in 70+ countries via benign-looking apps, netting $1.5M-$4M per month  —  Security researchers have found a massive malware operation that has infected more than 10 million Android smartphones across …
Antonio G. Di Benedetto / The Verge:
Google announces online shopping tools, including a Lens upgrade coming first to iOS and Chrome desktop that helps users find products seen in images and videos  —  New search tools designed for shopping from home  —  Shopping online isn't always a convenience.
Dieter Bohn / The Verge:
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Facebook is rolling out Reels to all US mobile users, after launching a beta last month, and announces a Reels Play bonus program for creators  —  After launching into beta tests just last month, Facebook today is rolling out Reels to all Facebook users in the U.S. on both iOS and Android.
Ron Amadeo / Ars Technica:
Google Maps adds a wildfire info layer, rolling out to Android this week and iOS and desktop in October, expands its Tree Canopy tool to 100 cities worldwide  —  “Fire” will be a top-level layer just like traffic, satellite, and transit maps.  —  Google Maps is getting a few new features …
Andrew Cunningham / Ars Technica:
Apple says the “jelly scroll” issue on the 6th-gen iPad mini is normal for LCD screens; the issue isn't noticeable on other latest iPad models with LCD screens  —  Apple says the issue is caused by normal LCD screen behavior.  —  Update, 9/28/2021: In response to our inquiry …
The Verge:
Facebook shares its internal research about Instagram's impact on teen mental health reported on by WSJ, with annotations for context  —  The company shared the PDFs Wednesday night  —  Facebook has shared the internal research about the impact of Instagram on teenage mental well-being reported …
Ana Diaz / Polygon:
Twitch rolls out the option for streamers to require phone and email-verified accounts in chat, as part of the company's effort to reduce targeted harassment  —  Curbing harassment continues to be a “top priority” for Twitch  —  After an upswell in targeted harassment on the streaming platform Twitch …
Bloomberg:
Employees at 11 video game companies say their teams had a 4K Switch dev kit, despite sources saying a 4K Nintendo console won't go on sale until late 2022  —  At least 11 companies, including Zynga, have tools from Nintendo to make 4K Switch games.  —  Many people were surprised to learn …
Wall Street Journal:
Sources: the FTC is considering strengthening online privacy protections, including for children, in an effort to bypass legislative logjams in Congress  —  Agency is looking at strengthening rules that govern how digital businesses collect user data  —  WASHINGTON—The Federal Trade Commission …
Joanna Ossinger / Bloomberg:
Ripple Labs says it is starting a $250M fund for NFT creators, exploring new use cases and providing financial, creative, and technical support  —  - Mintable, mintNFT, VSA Partners will have access to the fund  — Projects will be tokenized on the XRP Ledger blockchain
Rachel Pannett / Washington Post:
Russia threatens to block YouTube unless it restores two German-language RT channels that were banned for COVID-19 misinformation  —  Russia has threatened to block YouTube unless the Google-owned video service restores two German-language channels managed by Russia's state media company RT …
Jennifer Lynch / Electronic Frontier Foundation:
Ninth Circuit court confirms police need a warrant before opening people's email attachments, even if containing potentially illegal content such as CSAM  —  In a powerful new ruling for digital privacy rights, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has confirmed that the police need to get a warrant …
Tom Krazit / Protocol:
A look at IBM Cloud's missteps, driven by marketing mistakes, duplicated development processes, and a sales-driven culture catering to existing clients  —  The words stunned IBM's cloud executives in November 2013.  Former CEO Ginni Rometty had just told them that Watson, IBM's dubious crown jewel …
Reuters:
Senators Blackburn and Blumenthal say a Facebook whistleblower will testify at an October 5 Senate hearing on child safety  —  Two U.S. senators said on Tuesday a Facebook Inc (FB.O) whistleblower will testify at a Senate hearing next week about what one of them called the social media company's “toxic effects” on young users.
PYMNTS.com:
Buckle, which provides credit and insurance to ridesharing and delivery drivers, raises $60M Series B led by Volery Capital Partners  —  Buckle Corp, an insurance and credit provider for rideshare and delivery drivers and those who earn less than the average American wage, announced on Wednesday …
Natasha Mascarenhas / TechCrunch:
AngelList launches AngelList Stack, a set of tools to help founders start and run their companies, including end-to-end incorporation and banking services  —  AngelList Stack is a new suite of workflow products for founders  —  AngelList this week launched AngelList Stack …
Clive Cookson / Financial Times:
UK Met Office and DeepMind partner to improve short-term weather forecasts using AI, particularly predictions of storms and heavy rain  —  Better rainfall predictions could save lives when floods threaten, say researchers  —  Artificial intelligence improves the accuracy of short-term weather forecasts …
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Netflix acquires its first game studio, Night School Studio, which was founded by Sean Krankel and Adam Hines in 2014 and is best known for the game Oxenfree  —  Netflix has acquired its first game studio with the acquisition of Oxenfree creator Night School Studio.  The purchase price wasn't disclosed.

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