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October 22, 2021, 8:45 AM

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Anna Kramer / Protocol:
Twitter says its research shows its algorithms amplify right-leaning content more than left-leaning content, but doesn't know what causes the amplification  —  Twitter is publicly sharing research findings today that show that the platform's algorithms amplify tweets from right-wing politicians …
Reuters:
Sources: ransomware gang REvil was hacked and forced offline this week by an active multi-country operation that includes US law enforcement  —  The ransomware group REvil was itself hacked and forced offline this week by a multi-country operation, according to three private sector cyber experts working …
Kif Leswing / CNBC:
Intel reports Q3 revenue of $18.1B, up 5% YoY, vs. $18.2B est., Client Computing Group revenue fell 2% to $9.7B due to component shortages; stock down 10%+  —  - Intel reported third-quarter earnings on Thursday.  — The semiconductor company is in a period of massive capital expenditure …
Salvador Rodriguez / CNBC:
Snap Q3: $1.07B revenue, up 57% YoY, vs. $1.10B est., DAUs up 23% to 306M, net loss down 64% to $72M, blames iOS ATT changes for revenue miss; stock down 20%+  —  - Snap reported its third-quarter earnings on Thursday, missing revenue expectations after Apple's iPhone privacy changes disrupted its advertising business.
Paul Alcorn / Tom's Hardware:
Windows 11 update fixes AMD CPU latency issues that reduced performance 3-5% for some apps and 10-15% for esports games  —  First patch arrives, second is inbound … AMD has also confirmed to Tom's Hardware that it has released a patch for one of the two bugs that lead to reduced performance …
Sami Fathi / MacRumors:
Apple says the 16-inch MacBook Pro with M1 Max will feature a High Power Mode for intensive, sustained workloads  —  The new 16-inch MacBook Pro with the M1 Max Apple Silicon chip will feature a new High Power Mode for intensive, sustained workloads, according to Apple.
Tonya Riley / CyberScoop:
FTC study on the six largest ISPs finds that some fail to fully inform consumers on how their data is monetized, such as using browsing history to serve up ads  —  Internet service providers fail to disclose to consumers how they use sensitive data, obscure privacy practices and making …
New York Times:
Russian official says its deep packet inspection tech is now installed at 500 telco locations, covering 100% of mobile and 73% of broadband traffic  —  Russia's boldest moves to censor the internet began in the most mundane of ways — with a series of bureaucratic emails and forms.
Drew Harwell / Washington Post:
The TOS for TRUTH Social shows it bans “excessive use of capital letters”, reserves the right to ban users, and hopes to benefit from Section 230 protections  —  Truth Social has some unusual rules for a Trump-run site: It reserves the right to ban users and safeguard itself from lawsuits with Section 230 protections.
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Ryan Browne / CNBC:
Sam Altman's Worldcoin launches its cryptocurrency that it gives in exchange for users' eye scans, says it has 100K users globally and is valued at $1B  —  - Tech millionaire Sam Altman's new start-up Worldcoin uses orb-shaped devices to scan people's eyes in exchange for free cryptocurrency.
The Markup:
Analysis of 23K+ websites of nonprofits: about 86% had third-party cookies or trackers, with some, like Planned Parenthood, tracking user keystrokes  —  Such organizations often deal in sensitive issues, like mental health, addiction, and reproductive rights—and many are feeding data about website visitors to corporations
Dieter Bohn / The Verge:
Kate O'Keeffe / Wall Street Journal:
US Commerce Dept. data shows it issued ~$103B in export licenses for semiconductors and other products to suppliers of Huawei and SMIC from Nov. 2020-April 2021  —  Commerce Department data shows that suppliers of the blacklisted Chinese tech companies maintained access to U.S. products including semiconductors
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Bloomberg:
Vodafone sues the UK, claiming Fujitsu was unfairly awarded a contract to upgrade the secure network connecting 532 embassies and other government locations  —  - Both bidders fell short of quality thresholds, filings say  — London judge orders an expedited trial over procurement
Mary Ann Azevedo / TechCrunch:
Sources: Brex, which offers credit cards tailored to startups, raises $300M at a $12.3B valuation, following a $425M Series D at a $7.4B valuation in April  —  Fast-growing fintech Brex has raised $300 million in funding that propels it to decacorn status, just six months after it was valued at $7.4 billion …

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