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October 6, 2021, 8:25 PM

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Chris Scullion / Video Games Chronicle:
Twitch acknowledges a “breach” after a 4chan user leaks its source code, creator payouts from 2019-2021, proprietary SDKs, internal AWS services, and more  —  SOURCE CODES AND USER PAYOUTS AMONG THE DATA RELEASED IN A 128GB TORRENT  —  An anonymous hacker claims to have leaked …
Mark Zuckerberg / Facebook:
Mark Zuckerberg says that Facebook does not prioritize profit over safety and well-being and argues that many of Frances Haugen's claims don't make sense  —  I wanted to share a note I wrote to everyone at our company.  —  Hey everyone: it's been quite a week, and I wanted to share some thoughts with all of you.
Wall Street Journal:
Sources: Facebook has begun limiting internal info sharing and paused product rollouts in recent days as employees conduct “reputational reviews”  —  Social-media company puts hold on some work for existing products while it addresses blowback from whistleblower, lawmakers
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Justine Calma / The Verge:
Google announces updates to Search, Maps, Travel, and Nest, focusing on reducing greenhouse gas emissions for users  —  There are updates to Search, Maps, Travel, Nest, and more  —  Google announced a suite of new features that it says will help people who use their platforms make more sustainable choices.
José Adorno / 9to5Mac:
Twitter is testing a feature that gives users advice for maintaining civility before they join a potentially controversial conversation  —  In its battle to add more “social privacy” upgrades to its platform and make Twitter a better place, the blue bird company announced a new feature they're testing …
Alex Heath / The Verge:
Brandon Silverman, the founder and CEO of the Facebook-owned analytics tool CrowdTangle, is leaving the company; team members were reassigned several months ago  —  CrowdTangle has been caught up in an internal transparency battle at Facebook  —  Brandon Silverman, the founder and CEO …
Ekin Genç / VICE:
Last week, the anonymous developer behind the NFT project Evolved Apes siphoned ~$2.7M from the project, took down its Twitter account and website, and vanished  —  The developer behind the NFT project, ‘Evil Ape,’ suddenly disappeared along with its Twitter account, website, and $2.7 million.
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Yashraj Sharma / Rest of World:
Instagram usage exploded in India after the TikTok ban, but the creator economy is still devastated, and critics say Reels content is comparatively bland  —  “TikTok was a canteen; Instagram is a café.  But the canteen has better food, and the café serves costly coffee that not everyone drinks."
Chris Bing / Reuters:
DOJ plans to crack down on crypto exchanges that allow money laundering and pursue companies with poor cybersecurity practices that receive federal funds  —  U.S. Deputy Attorney General Lisa Monaco on Wednesday unveiled two new Justice Department enforcement initiatives aimed targeting cryptocurrencies …
Stephen Shankland / CNET:
Samsung says its 3nm chips with gate-all-around transistor tech are delayed until 2022, and its 2nm chips will arrive in 2025  —  The company's 3-nanometer manufacturing technology is late, but Samsung also announced that its more advanced 2nm successor will arrive in 2025.
Elizabeth Lopatto / The Verge:
Survey of 1,200 US adults: 66% view Facebook favorably, down from 71% in 2020, compared to 79% for Apple (down 2%), 87% for Amazon (down 4%), and 90% for Google  —  After a year of the pandemic, we asked Americans if their trust in big tech companies has changed — and if the biggest ones should be broken up
Christopher Bing / Reuters:
TSA to mandate that critical US railroad and aviation companies name a chief cyber official, disclose hacks to the government, and draft hack recovery plans  —  (Reuters) -The Transportation Security Administration will introduce new regulations that compel the most important U.S. railroad …
New York Times:
Profile of Biden's DOJ antitrust chief nominee Jonathan Kanter, a star corporate lawyer who worked on anti-Google cases while representing Microsoft and others  —  How Jonathan Kanter, the Biden administration's choice to be the Justice Department's antitrust chief, became a progressive foe of Big Tech.
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Melissa Heikkilä / Politico:
EU Parliament overwhelmingly votes for a non-binding resolution banning police use of facial recognition and AI-powered predictive policing  —  The European Parliament today called for a ban on police use of facial recognition technology in public places, and on predictive policing …
Andrew J. Hawkins / The Verge:
GM unveils Ultra Cruise, a driver-assist system GM says will cover 2M+ miles of US and Canadian paved roads at launch, and eventually 95% of driving scenarios  —  ‘Ultra Cruise eventually can be used on every paved road in the US and Canada’  —  After years of teases …
Paul Alcorn / Tom's Hardware:
AMD warns that its CPUs running Windows 11 may suffer 3%-5% reduced performance for some apps, 10%-15% for esports games; AMD and Microsoft are working on a fix  —  AMD has announced that all of its WIndows 11-compatible processors can suffer from reduced performance in some applications …
Katie Roof / Bloomberg:
Modern Treasury, which helps improve the efficiency of bank transfers, raises $85M at a $2B+ valuation led by Altimeter, up from $300M at the start of 2021  —  - Altimeter leads $85 million investment in payments startup  — Benchmark-backed Modern Treasury focuses on bank payments

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