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October 16, 2021, 3:25 AM

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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.
Catalin Cimpanu / The Record:
A joint advisory by the FBI, NSA, CISA, and the EPA reveals three more ransomware attacks on water treatment plants this year in Nevada, Maine, and California  —  Ransomware gangs have silently hit three US water and wastewater treatment facilities this year, in 2021, the US government …
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 …
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 …
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 …
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.
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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