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October 15, 2021, 4:40 PM

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James Clayton / BBC:
A Koran app developer says Apple took down their app in China over “content that is illegal”; another developer removed their Bible app in China this week  —  Apple has taken down one of the world's most popular Koran apps in China, after a request from officials, the company has confirmed to the BBC.
Zoe Schiffer / The Verge:
Netflix fires a leader of the trans employee resource group who was organizing a walkout, for allegedly leaking metrics related to the Dave Chappelle special  —  The company suspects they leaked metrics about the Dave Chappelle special to the press  —  Netflix has fired a leader …
Sergiu Gatlan / BleepingComputer:
Twitch downplays last week's hack, saying it had minimal impact and user login credentials, full credit card numbers, and bank information were not exposed  —  In an update regarding this month's security incident, Twitch downplayed the breach saying that it had minimal impact and only affected a small number of users.
Bloomberg:
Sources: the SEC is poised to let the first Bitcoin futures ETFs, from Proshares and Invesco, trade in the US as early as next week  —  - Cutoff for action on ProShares, Invesco filings is next week  — Tacit approval is seen after an almost decade-long push
Kellen Browning / New York Times:
Janneke Parrish, a leader of the #AppleToo movement, says she was fired for deleting files off her work devices before handing them over for an investigation  —  A leader of an activist movement within Apple said she was fired by the company on Thursday.  —  Janneke Parrish …
Reed Albergotti / Washington Post:
Mitchell Clark / The Verge:
Valve quietly updates Steam's rules to ban games “built on blockchain technology that issue or allow exchange of cryptocurrencies or NFTs”  —  Your move, Epic Games Store  —  Games that use blockchain technology or let users exchange NFTs or cryptocurrencies won't be allowed on Steam …
Fred Lambert / Electrek:
Tesla starts offering insurance in Texas using drivers' “real-time driving behavior” and a “safety score”  —  Tesla has now officially launched its insurance product using “real-time driving behavior.”  —  The product is only available in Texas for now.
David Uberti / Wall Street Journal:
At the White House's ransomware summit, 32 countries pledged to share cyberattack info, push firms to improve security, and disrupt hackers' financial tools  —  Officials from 31 countries and the EU say uneven enforcement allows hackers to cash in  —  Officials from 32 governments …
Kellen Browning / New York Times:
Security researchers say Apple and EU plans to monitor phones for illicit material are ineffective and could embolden government surveillance  —  A group of researchers said the “dangerous technology” was invasive and not effective at detecting images of child sexual abuse.
Joseph Cox / VICE:
White House details its plan for the federal government to adopt phishing-resistant multi-factor authentication methods, such as using hardware security keys  —  An Office of Management and Budget official explained the large scale plan to move the federal government to phishing-resistant multi-factor authentication.
Aislinn Keely / The Block:
CFTC files and settles charges against Tether and Bitfinex, ordering them to pay a total of $42.5M for making “untrue or misleading statements” about USDT  —  The Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) simultaneously filed and settled charges against Tether and Bitfinex today …
Catalin Cimpanu / The Record:
Google Threat Analysis Group says it tracks 270+ state-backed threat actors, and sent 50K+ alerts for email phishing attacks to Gmail users in 2021, up ~33% YoY  —  The Google Threat Analysis Group said today that its security researchers are currently tracking more than 270 different …
Wall Street Journal:
Microsoft is shuttering the Chinese version of LinkedIn and replacing it with a job board; sources say China told LinkedIn in March to better regulate content  —  LinkedIn cites challenging operating environment, as retreat marks the biggest departure from China by a major tech company in years

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