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February 10, 2022, 3:10 PM

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Juli Clover / MacRumors:
Apple plans AirTags updates to reduce stalking: Precision Finding for unknown AirTags, displaying alerts with sound, earlier tracking alerts, and louder sounds  —  Apple today announced that it is making some updates to AirTags with the aim of cutting down on unwanted tracking.
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:
Google releases the first Android 13 developer preview, emphasizing security and privacy, dynamic colors, and more, available exclusively on Pixels  —  Right on schedule, Google today announced the first developer release of Android 13.  These very early releases, which are only meant …
Jay Peters / The Verge:
Google says Samsung, OnePlus, Oppo, Vivo, Realme, Xiaomi, and others will adopt Android 12's dynamic color themes; currently, the feature is mostly on Pixels  —  One of Android 12's signature features is coming to more phones  —  Google's Material You dynamic color theming …
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Senator Blumenthal admits the EARN IT Act won't “offer a blanket exemption to using encryption as evidence”, after denying for two years it targets encryption  —  Senator Richard Blumenthal has now admitted that EARN IT is targeting encryption, something he denied for two years, and then just out and said it.
Russell Brandom / The Verge:
The Senate Judiciary Committee advances the EARN IT Act, targeting Section 230 sexual exploitation content protections, despite numerous free speech concerns  —  Critics say the EARN IT Act would ‘make it far riskier for platforms to host user-generated content’
Hugh Son / CNBC:
Binance invests $200M to help Forbes with its plan to go public via a SPAC in Q1 2022, making Binance one of Forbes' biggest two owners after its listing  —  - Binance, the world's biggest cryptocurrency exchange, is making a $200 million strategic investment in Forbes, the 104-year old magazine and digital publisher, CNBC has learned.
Catie Keck / The Verge:
YouTube details creator updates: new video effects, editing capabilities, and monetization tools for Shorts, Shopping expansion, Studio improvements, and more  —  A lot of new features are in the works for 2022  —  YouTube is expanding the ways creators can monetize their content …
Lauren Feiner / CNBC:
Twitter misses with Q4 revenue of $1.57B, up 22% YoY, net income of $182M, down 18% YoY; 217M mDAUs, up from 192M YoY; FY 2021 revenue hit $5.08B, up 37% YoY  —  - Twitter reported earnings for the fourth quarter of 2021 Thursday that missed analyst estimates on earnings, revenue and user growth.
Paul Alcorn / Tom's Hardware:
Kioxia and WD report contamination at two NAND production factories, impacting up to 6.5EB of storage; TrendForce says NAND prices could rise 5%-10% in Q2  —  Update 2/10/2022, 3am PT: Analyst firm TrendForce has now reported that the incident could cause NAND flash prices to spike 5 to 10% in Q2 …
Reed Albergotti / Washington Post:
Apple confirms it changes every ex-employee's job title to “associate” in job verification databases, after #AppleToo leader Cher Scarlett's SEC complaint  —  In job databases used by employers to verify resume information, every former Apple employee's title gets erased and replaced with a generic title
Sergiu Gatlan / BleepingComputer:
Apple releases iOS 15.3.1, iPadOS 15.3.1, and macOS Monterey 12.2.1 with security updates to patch a WebKit zero-day that “may have been actively exploited”  —  Apple has released security updates to fix a new zero-day vulnerability exploited in the wild by attackers to hack iPhones, iPads, and Macs.
Abner Li / 9to5Google:
Apple Music on Android beta code suggests Apple's classical music streaming service, coming in early 2022, is called Apple Classical  —  The latest beta version of Apple Music is rolling out on Android this evening with a very sizable upgrade to homescreen widgets, while possibly also revealing …
Stephanie Bodoni / Bloomberg:
France's CNIL data regulator says Google Analytics fails to sufficiently protect EU citizens' data from potentially illegal US surveillance and could be banned  —  Alphabet Inc.'s Google Analytics doesn't sufficiently protect European Union citizens' data from potentially illegal U.S. surveillance and could be banned altogether.
Bloomberg:
Netflix in 2021: 51.7% of workers were women, up from 48.7%; 13.3% of US leaders were Black, up from 10.9%, and 8.6% of US workers were Hispanic, up from 7.9%  —  Netflix has increased the diversity of its U.S. staff, including more Black top executives, as the company looks to have its workforce better mirror the broader population.
Wall Street Journal:
The US Senate follows the House in approving a bill barring companies from using forced arbitration in sexual assault or harassment claims; Biden will sign it  —  Some lawmakers want to ban such clauses for other complaints, such as racial discrimination  —  WASHINGTON—Companies would no longer …
Nikita Richardson / New York Times:
How The Sims, which lets avatars eat or cook 300+ dishes, has evolved into a world where players can farm, forage, cook, and learn how people experience food  —  The 22-year-old life-simulation video game has evolved into a world where players can farm, forage, cook and learn about the many ways people experience food.
Joanna Stern / Wall Street Journal:
LinkedIn is testing a no-politics setting for some US users' feeds that filters out content about political parties and candidates, election outcomes, and more  —  CEO Ryan Roslansky lays out new features arriving on the professional networking platform, including a no-politics button and live video and audio events

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