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December 15, 2021, 6:50 PM

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Tim Hardwick / MacRumors:
Apple quietly removes all mentions of CSAM scanning on its Child Safety webpage, but says its plans have not changed since September when it delayed the feature  —  Apple has quietly nixed all mentions of CSAM from its Child Safety webpage, suggesting its controversial plan …
Dan Primack / Axios:
Katie Haun is leaving Andreessen Horowitz to start a new firm focusing on crypto and Web3 startups; Haun's deals at a16z included OpenSea and Coinbase  —  Katie Haun, one of the world's most influential crypto venture capitalists, is leaving Andreessen Horowitz to form her own firm.
Wall Street Journal:
Microsoft and cybersecurity company Mandiant say state-backed hacking groups linked to China, Iran, North Korea, and Turkey are exploiting the Log4j flaw  —  Researchers call it one of the most dire cybersecurity threats to emerge in years and could enable devastating attacks
Jennifer Elias / CNBC:
Leaked memo: Google tells employees they must comply with vaccine policies by January 18 or lose pay and eventually be fired  —  - In a memo circulated by leadership, Google told employees that they must comply with vaccine policies or they face losing pay and then losing their job.
Project Zero:
A deep dive into an NSO zero-click iMessage exploit, captured in the wild by Citizen Lab and one of the most sophisticated Google's Project Zero has seen  —  We want to thank Citizen Lab for sharing a sample of the FORCEDENTRY exploit with us, and Apple's Security Engineering and Architecture …
Mark Gurman / Bloomberg:
Memo: Apple delays its return to corporate offices to a “date yet to be determined”, after previously setting a February 1 return date  —  - Company had planned to bring corporate workers back by Feb. 1  — Delay comes in response to rising Covid-19 cases, new variant
Reuters:
Eighteen Democratic lawmakers ask the Treasury and State Departments for Magnitsky rights abuse sanctions on four spyware firms, including NSO and DarkMatter  —  A group of U.S. lawmakers is asking the Treasury Department and State Department to sanction Israeli spyware firm NSO Group and three …
Rest of World:
A look at Chinese fast fashion online retailer Shein, as 2020 sales reportedly hit $10B thanks to knockoff items, a nimble supply chain, and social media  —  By connecting China's garment factories with Western Gen-Z customers, Shein ushered in a new era of “ultra-fast” shopping.
Financial Times:
Sources: the US will ban eight Chinese companies, including DJI, for their alleged involvement in the surveillance of Uyghur Muslims  —  American investors will be banned from groups accused of involvement in Xinjiang abuses  —  The Biden administration will place eight Chinese companies including DJI …
Catalin Cimpanu / The Record:
Meta updates its bug bounty program to pay researchers who find anti-scraping loopholes and reward those who find scraped Facebook data with charity donations  —  The Meta (formerly Facebook) security team has added scraping attacks to the list of incidents covered by the company's bug bounty program.
Chaim Gartenberg / The Verge:
IBM and Samsung say Vertical Transport Field Effect Transistors, an alternative to FinFET chip designs, can offer 2x performance, amid similar claims from Intel  —  The next big advance in chips is looking up  —  IBM and Samsung have announced their latest advance in semiconductor design …
Emily Birnbaum / Politico:
The Internet Association says it is closing at the end of the year; sources describe financial struggles and tension between members  —  The Internet Association, once branded as Silicon Valley's most important trade group in Washington, announced Wednesday that it is shutting down.
Mary Ann Azevedo / TechCrunch:
Swimply, a marketplace for renting private swimming pools, raises $40M led by Mayfield, seven months after raising $10M  —  The concept of creating a marketplace for underutilized assets that can turn into a meaningful business for hosts is not a new one.  And there is no higher profile of how successful that model can be than Airbnb.
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New York Times:
How China helps foreign influencers in the country who spread pro-China messages, funding their travel and generating lucrative, likely inauthentic, traffic  —  We are on the outskirts of Shanghai today at the most incredible hotel we've ever stayed at.  —  It's the first in the world built inside a quarry.
Foo Yun Chee / Reuters:
The EU Parliament passes the Digital Markets Act, after Vestager's suggestion last month; EU countries and the Commission will consider the law next year  —  EU lawmakers voted on Wednesday to beef up draft rules to rein in U.S. tech giants, including extending the scope to their retailing activities …
Gertrude Chavez-Dreyfuss / Reuters:
Anchorage Digital, which offers institutions digital asset services for secure crypto custody, trading, and more, raises $350M led by KKR at a $3B valuation  —  Anchorage Digital, a digital asset financial platform, said on Wednesday it raised $350 million in its latest funding round led by private equity firm KKR & Co Inc (KKR.N).
Kyle Alspach / VentureBeat:
Noname Security, which automatically discovers and remediates API vulnerabilities, raises a $135M Series C at a $1B valuation led by Georgian and Lightspeed  —  API protection startup Noname Security, which today disclosed a $135 million series C funding round at a post-money valuation of $1 billion …
Martin Matishak / The Record:
The US Department of Homeland Security launches “Hack DHS”, a bug bounty program that pays hackers between $500 and $5,000 per flaw found in its systems  —  The Homeland Security Department has launched a bug bounty program that will allow hackers to report vulnerabilities …
Amanda Silberling / TechCrunch:
TikTok is testing TikTok Live Studio, a Windows app that lets users stream directly to TikTok Live from their computer  —  What if instead of watching your favorite TikTok star stream on Twitch, you could watch them play video games live on TikTok?  For the last few days, according to the platform …
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Jennifer Pattison Tuohy / The Verge:
A look at the industry-backed smart home standard Matter, slated for mid-2022, and whether it can achieve its promises to fix smart home interoperability  —  The smart home should be a natural evolution of our homes, bringing better appliances, better systems, better experiences.

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