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October 7, 2021, 10:20 AM

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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.
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.”
Ben Thompson / Stratechery:
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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:
As Twitch grapples with the giant data leak, a look at the impact on its streamers, who had extensive revenue and personal data leaked  —  The leak of source code and some internal security files does not expose sensitive data, according to a former Twitch employee.  —  Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai
Chris Scullion / Video Games Chronicle:
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 …
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 …
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 …
Haroon Siddique / The Guardian:
UK High Court rules that Dubai's ruler, Sheikh Mohammed, used NSO Group's Pegasus to hack the phone of his ex-wife and five associates  —  Sheikh Mohammed used spyware on Princess Haya and five associates in unlawful abuse of power, judge rules  —  The ruler of Dubai hacked the phone …
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 …
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 …
Lucas Matney / TechCrunch:
A look at Visionrare, a “fantasy startup investing” NFT game where users spend money to buy fake shares in real startups, starting with some Y Combinator ones  —  The meme-ification of ownership and the wild acceleration of private startup valuations have led us to this moment …
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 …
Chris Bing / Reuters:
DOJ says it will create a National Cryptocurrency Enforcement Team, focusing on crimes by exchanges and other services, recovering lost assets, and more  —  U.S. Deputy Attorney General Lisa Monaco on Wednesday unveiled two new Justice Department enforcement initiatives aimed targeting cryptocurrencies …
Foo Yun Chee / Reuters:
DuckDuckGo and three search rivals urge EU lawmakers to take against Google with new laws, saying they are yet to see positive results from an antitrust ruling  —  DuckDuckGo and three other search engine rivals to Google on Thursday urged EU lawmakers to take action against the Alphabet …
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