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January 28, 2022, 1:10 PM

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New York Times:
An investigation into the rise of NSO's Pegasus shows its widespread use by the CIA, UAE, Mexico, Saudi Arabia, and others; the FBI bought but didn't use it  —  A Times investigation reveals how Israel reaped diplomatic gains around the world from NSO's Pegasus spyware — a tool America itself purchased but is now trying to ban.
Joe Rossignol / MacRumors:
Apple removes Python 2.7 from macOS 12.3, asks developers to use alternative languages like Python 3; Python 2 has not been supported since January 1, 2020  —  Apple will no longer bundle Python 2.7 with macOS 12.3, according to developer release notes for the upcoming software update.
Juli Clover / MacRumors:
Juli Clover / MacRumors:
Apple:
Apple reports Q1 revenue of $123.9B, up 11% YoY, net income of $34.6B, up from $28.8B YoY, Services sales of $19.5B, up from $15.8B YoY, iPhone sales of $71.6B  —  Revenue up 11 percent to new all-time record  —  iPhone, Mac, Wearables, and Services revenue reach new all-time highs
Kif Leswing / CNBC:
Alex Heath / The Verge:
Will Cathcart says WhatsApp has no plans for RCS support, as Meta launches its first marketing push for WhatsApp in the US, touting its privacy compared to SMS  —  The Meta-owned messaging app wants to be as popular in the US as it is everywhere else — will a big marketing push work?
Florian Mueller / FOSS Patents:
Microsoft and 35 US states led by Utah support Epic Games against Apple through amicus curiae briefs filed with the Ninth Circuit appeals court  —  [Update] The Biden Administration is also supporting Epic.  [/Update]  —  Apple just reported record numbers.
Ron Amadeo / Ars Technica:
After customer backlash, Google says users of legacy free G Suite accounts will be able to migrate data to free, consumer accounts  —  Last week, Google essentially told free G Suite users “pay up or lose your account.”  —  There is hope for users of Google's “legacy” free G Suite accounts.
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
FTC: US consumers lost $770M to social media scams in 2021, about 25% of all fraud losses for the year and up 18x from the $42M in losses reported in 2017  —  A growing number of U.S. consumers are getting scammed on social media according to a new report by the Federal Trade Commission …
Catalin Cimpanu / The Record:
Qubit Finance, a DeFi service that lets users lend and borrow cryptocurrencies, says hackers stole around $80M in cryptocurrency on January 27  —  A threat actor has used an exploit to steal approximately $80 million from Qubit Finance, a decentralized finance (DeFi) platform that allows users …
Daren Fonda / Barron's Online:
Source: White House is readying an executive action to task federal agencies with regulating Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies as a matter of national security  —  The Biden administration is preparing to release an executive action that will task federal agencies with regulating digital assets …
Jonathan Browning / Bloomberg:
Mike Lynch, founder of Autonomy, loses $5B court battle with HP over false accounting; UK government will now decide whether to extradite him to the US  —  Mike Lynch, the Autonomy Corp. founder lost his acrimonious court battle with Hewlett Packard Enterprise Co. over false accounting.
Alexandra S. Levine / Politico:
A for-profit spinoff of Crisis Text Line uses anonymized data collected by the AI-driven suicide chat service to create and market customer service software  —  Crisis Text Line is one of the world's most prominent mental health support lines, a tech-driven nonprofit that uses big data …
P R Sanjai / Bloomberg:
Google to invest $700M in Bharti Airtel, India's second largest telecom operator, for a 1.28% stake; an additional $300M will go to multiyear agreements  —  Google will invest as much as $1 billion in India's second-largest mobile phone operator, as firms race to offer inexpensive data …
Jordan Novet / CNBC:
Alphabet's Google Cloud division has formed a group to build business around blockchain applications and plans to hire a slew of blockchain experts  —  - Alphabet's Google Cloud division is forming a team to win blockchain business after making a concerted effort in retail and other industries.
Russ Mitchell / Los Angeles Times:
Waymo sues California DMV to keep secret safety details, including descriptions of driverless car crashes, and says the data should be designated a trade secret  —  Waymo, the driverless car company operating an autonomous taxi fleet in San Francisco, is suing the California Department of Motor Vehicles.
Saheli Roy Choudhury / CNBC:
SoftBank confirms COO Marcelo Claure is leaving the company after nine years and names Michel Combes as CEO of SoftBank Group International  —  - Japanese conglomerate SoftBank Group confirmed Friday that its Chief Operating Officer Marcelo Claure is leaving the company following a nine-year tenure.
Casey Newton / Platformer:
Three things Web3 should fix in 2022: make crypto transactions safe and reliable, make blockchains efficient, develop tech for mitigating harassment and abuse  —  A viral video highlights some very real shortcomings in the next-generation internet  —  Last weekend, it felt like everyone I knew was sending me the same link.

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