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October 7, 2021, 6:05 PM

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Twitch Blog:
Twitch says a server configuration change left data exposed on the internet and let a third-party access its data  —  Out of an abundance of caution, we have reset all stream keys.  You can get your new stream key here: https://dashboard.twitch.tv/settings/ stream.
Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai / VICE:
Chris Scullion / Video Games Chronicle:
Mark Gurman / Bloomberg:
Sources: Apple is developing an iPhone-based car control system that could access climate control, speedometer, radio, seats, and more, expanding on CarPlay  —  - Company looks to build on success of CarPlay, launched in 2014  — Initiative, known as ‘IronHeart,’ is still in the early stages
Reuters:
Sources: Dutch antitrust regulator finds Apple requiring developers to use its in-app payment system is anti-competitive and orders changes  —  The Dutch antitrust authority has found that Apple's rules requiring software developers to use its in-app payment system are anti-competitive …
Joe Rossignol / MacRumors:
Payments company Paddle announces an alternative in-app payments system for iOS, charging 5%-10% fees and launching December 7, following Epic v. Apple ruling  —  In response to the Epic Games vs. Apple ruling last month, payments platform Paddle today announced that it plans to launch …
Anya Kamenetz / NPR:
Facebook's research on teens and mental health is not as conclusive as it appears, relying on teens' self-reported views and a small sample size  —  On Tuesday, Facebook whistleblower Frances Haugen testified before a Senate panel.  The hearing's focus was advertised as “protecting kids online.”
Zeke Faux / Bloomberg:
Investigation into Tether, which issued 48B coins this year, as regulators struggle to understand its cash reserves, organizational structure, and other details  —  A wild search for the U.S. dollars supposedly backing the stablecoin at the center of the global cryptocurrency trade …
Louis Barclay / Slate:
Developer says Facebook banned him for life and threatened to sue after he made Unfollow Everything, a browser extension to help people use Facebook less  —  If someone built a tool that made Facebook less addictive—a tool that allowed users to benefit from Facebook's positive features …
Frank Bajak / Associated Press:
Microsoft says Russia carried out 58% of detected state-backed hacks in the year ending June 30, with a 32% success rate; China accounted for 8%  —  BOSTON (AP) — Russia accounted for most state-sponsored hacking detected by Microsoft over the past year, with a 58% share …
Sara Fischer / Axios:
Google and YouTube say they will prohibit ads and monetization on content that denies climate change, starting next month  —  Google and YouTube on Thursday announced a new policy that prohibits climate deniers from being able to monetize their content on its platforms via ads or creator payments.
Lucas Matney / TechCrunch:
Visionrare, an NFT marketplace for “fantasy startup investing” where users spend money to buy fake shares in startups, shuts down the service after one day  —  Just over 24 hours into its open beta, Visionrare, which launched an NFT marketplace for “fantasy startup investing,” …
Brian X. Chen / New York Times:
Many popular VPN services are owned by companies with shady track records, like London-based Kape Technologies, which also owns VPN review sites  —  Many virtual private network services that were meant to protect your web browsing can no longer be trusted.  Here are other ways.
Kevin McLaughlin / The Information:
Sources: Salesforce COO Bret Taylor told people close to him that he expects to be promoted to CEO soon  —  What will Salesforce look like when its co-founder and CEO, Marc Benioff, finally passes the baton to someone else?  —  The tech industry may get to find out sooner rather than later.
Maddie Stone / Grist:
Microsoft reaches an agreement with investor advocacy nonprofit As You Sow to make its devices easier to fix, increasing access to spare parts and repair docs  —  In a first-of-its-kind agreement, the company has committed to increasing access to spare parts and repair documents.
Ian Carlos Campbell / The Verge:
Apple says developers will need to offer users a way to delete accounts attached to third-party apps starting January 31, 2022  —  The company also confirmed its app reporting tool is supported on macOS  —  Apple will require developers that offer a way to create accounts in their apps …
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Facebook details its efforts to bring more people online, including Bombyx, a robot that climbs medium-voltage power lines to install fiber  —  The Transform Technology Summits start October 13th with Low-Code/No Code: Enabling Enterprise Agility.  Register now!
Ian Hamilton / UploadVR:
Facebook removes its brand from its in-development social VR platform Facebook Horizon, renaming it as Horizon Worlds, and announces a $10M Creator Fund  —  Facebook removed its brand from in-development social VR platform Horizon and plans to focus the effort around VR-based building tools …
Nikkei Asia:
Japan's FTC will investigate whether Apple and Google are using their smartphone OS dominance to severely limit options for consumers by eliminating competition  —  Fair Trade Commission probes iOS and Android for potential market manipulation  —  TOKYO — Japan's Fair Trade Commission …
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 …
Paul Sawers / VentureBeat:
Massachusetts-based Solo.io, which offers APIs to connect networking software, data, and hardware, raises $135M Series C at a $1B+ valuation  —  The Transform Technology Summits start October 13th with Low-Code/No Code: Enabling Enterprise Agility.  Register now!
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 …

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