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November 23, 2021, 7:20 PM

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Apple:
Apple plans to notify targets of state-sponsored spyware attacks like NSO's ForcedEntry and commits $10M to cybersurveillance researchers and advocates  —  Apple also announced a $10 million contribution to support cybersurveillance researchers and advocates
Nicole Perlroth / New York Times:
Apple sues NSO Group in US federal court, seeking to ban NSO from using Apple products and alleging NSO illegally targeted Apple users with surveillance tools  —  Apple accused NSO Group, the Israeli surveillance company, of “flagrant” violations of its software, as well as federal and state laws.
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Spotify debuts Netflix Hub, collecting official soundtracks, playlists, and podcasts for top Netflix content, in seven countries including the US, UK, and India  —  Looking for the soundtrack from your favorite Netflix show?  Now, it will be easier to find thanks to an expanded partnership between Netflix and Spotify.
Jillian Deutsch / Bloomberg:
EU approves Digital Markets Act measures: mandating social app interoperability, banning ad targeting to minors, and fines up to 20% of global annual sales  —  - Competing messaging apps may have to be interoperable  — Companies would have to stop targeting some ads to minors
Reuters:
Italy's antitrust regulator fines Amazon $77M and Apple $151M for alleged anti-competitive cooperation to sell Apple and Beats products  —  Italy's antitrust authority has fined U.S. tech giants Amazon.com (AMZN.O) and Apple Inc (AAPL.O) a total of more than 200 million euros ($225 million) …
Jordan Pearson / VICE:
ConstitutionDAO's organizers say the project has run its course and will shift its Discord channel into read-only mode in two weeks  —  The attempt by crypto fans to buy a copy of the Constitution has been defined by chaos since it failed.  Now, it's dead.  —  Jordan Pearson
Daniel Cooper / Engadget:
SEC filing: a third party had access to GoDaddy's Managed WordPress hosting from September 6 to November 17, including 1.2M customer numbers and admin passwords  —  In disclosures to the Securities and Exchange Commission, web registrar and hosting company GoDaddy has revealed that it discovered it had been hacked.
David Thiel / @elegant_wallaby:
[Thread] A former Facebook employee says Meta announced an “absurdly accelerated timeline” for e2ee messaging to preempt antitrust action and generate good PR  —  Please stop with this. Child safety is not FUD, nor disingenuous. Here is what happened with Facebook's haphazard E2EE plan, from someone who was there and familiar with the underlying systems. 1/
Joe Rossignol / MacRumors:
Apple delays the release of its digital ID feature in Wallet until early 2022  —  Apple recently updated its website to indicate that an upcoming iOS 15 and watchOS 8 feature that will let you add your driver's license or state ID to your iPhone and Apple Watch in participating U.S. states has been delayed until early 2022.
The Verge:
Samsung says it will build a ~$17B, 1,200+ acre chip factory in Taylor, Texas, operational in H2 2024 and roughly 30 miles away from its Austin facility  —  Creating 1,800 jobs in the city of Taylor  —  Samsung officially announced a new advanced chip-making plant in Texas …
Mike Wheatley / SiliconANGLE:
Kore.ai, which helps companies make AI assistants with low-code tools, raises a $73.5M extended Series C after Nvidia joins as an investor  —  Conversational artificial intelligence startup Kore.ai Inc. said today it has extended its Series C funding round to $73.5 million following a further investment from Nvidia Corp.
Emma Betuel / TechCrunch:
UK-based mental health provider Ieso raises a $53M Series B as it plans to use its real-life therapy session data to fuel AI-powered text-based therapy  —  UK-based digital therapy company ieso announced a $53 million Series B round on Tuesday.  The round is the funding the company needs …
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Stephanie Condon / ZDNet:
VMware beats in Q3 with revenue of $3.19B, up 11% YoY, vs estimates of $3.12B, and Subscription and SaaS revenue of $820M, up 21% YoY  —  The company reported 25% growth in Subscription and SaaS annual recurring revenue.  —  VMware on Tuesday published its third quarter financial results …

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