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December 2, 2021, 10:10 AM

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Kate Rooney / CNBC:
Square is changing its name to Block, effective December 10, and renaming Square Crypto to Spiral, as its business shifts toward technologies like blockchain  —  - Payments giant Square will change its corporate name to Block, effective Dec. 10.  — The move comes as Square expands beyond …
Elizabeth Dwoskin / Washington Post:
In its end-of-year threat report, Meta says it took down several global disinformation networks, including anti-vaccine groups and groups linked to state actors  —  The takedowns described in the company's latest threat report demonstrate how the cat-and-mouse game between Facebook and bad actors is escalating
Bloomberg:
Sources: Apple, which cut its projected iPhone 13 production targets for 2021 by up to 10M units, tells suppliers that it may not make up the shortfall in 2022  —  Apple Inc., suffering from a global supply crunch, is now confronting a different problem: slowing demand.
CNBC:
Meta expands the number of eligible regulatory licenses for running crypto ads on Facebook and Instagram from three to 27  —  - Facebook on Wednesday announced its decision to reverse long-standing policy that prevented most cryptocurrency companies from running ads on its services.
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Chaim Gartenberg / The Verge:
Qualcomm announces Snapdragon 8cx Gen 3, a 5nm chip with 5G and Wi-Fi 6, promising up to 85% better CPU and up to 60% faster GPU performance compared to Gen 2  —  Third time's the charm?  —  Qualcomm has announced its latest flagship chip for PCs: the Snapdragon 8cx Gen 3, which …
Haje Jan Kamps / TechCrunch:
Sergiu Gatlan / BleepingComputer:
DOJ charges an ex-employee of IoT manufacturer Ubiquiti with data theft and for attempting to extort his employer while posing as a whistleblower and a hacker  —  Nickolas Sharp, a former employee of networking device maker Ubiquiti, was arrested and charged today with data theft and attempting …
Michelle Singletary / Washington Post:
The CFPB's rule that lets debt collectors send texts, emails, and private social media messages to debtors, and requires opt-out instructions, goes into effect  —  Federal regulators have given debt collectors the okay to pursue debtors via email, text messages and social media sites
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Apple announces the best apps and games of 2021, across iPhone, iPad, Mac, Apple TV, and Apple Watch, and the most downloaded apps of the year  —  Apple today released its anticipated annual list of the best apps and games of the year across iPhone, iPad, Mac, Apple TV and Apple Watch.
Tom Simonite / Wired:
AI researcher Timnit Gebru, who left Google last year, launches Distributed Artificial Intelligence Research, focusing on the responsible use of AI  —  The researcher, who says Google fired her a year ago, wants to ask questions about responsible use of artificial intelligence. … APPLICATION
The Verge:
Federal judge blocks a Texas law that limits large social media platforms' ability to moderate content, saying it violates the platforms' First Amendment rights  —  ‘Social media platforms have a First Amendment right to moderate,’ wrote the judge  —  A federal judge has blocked a Texas law …
Mary Ann Azevedo / TechCrunch:
Mexico City-based buy now, pay later service and online consumer lender Kueski raises $102M in equity and $100M in debt, bringing its total funding to $300M+  —  Kueski, a Mexico City-based “buy now, pay later” and online consumer lender, announced today it has secured $202 million in equity and debt funding.
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Washington Post:
Planned Parenthood Los Angeles says a hacker gained access to its network in October, compromising the information of ~400,000 patients including clinical data  —  A hacker gained access to the personal information of hundreds of thousands of Planned Parenthood patients in October …

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