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October 15, 2021, 10:45 PM

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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 …
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.
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 …
James Clayton / BBC:
Apple took down a Koran app in China citing “content that requires additional documentation from Chinese authorities”; another developer removed their Bible app  —  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.
Chavi Mehta / Reuters:
Jack Dorsey says Square is considering building an open source Bitcoin miner, using custom silicon, for individuals and businesses  —  Square Inc (SQ.N) Chief Executive Officer Jack Dorsey said on Friday the fintech firm is looking to build a bitcoin mining system based on custom silicon …
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
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 …
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Spot AI, which makes software that can search through video footage, raises $22M, including a $20M Series A led by Redpoint Ventures  —  Security cameras, for better or for worse, are part and parcel of how many businesses monitor spaces in the workplace for security or operational reasons.
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.
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.
Christine Hall / TechCrunch:
Clarifai, which uses AI to help companies manage unstructured data, raises a $60M Series C led by New Enterprise Associates, bringing its total raised to $100M  —  Clarifai wants to bring artificial intelligence into the lives of developers, business operators and data scientists …

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