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February 10, 2022, 8:00 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’
Sergiu Gatlan / BleepingComputer:
Apple releases iOS 15.3.1, iPadOS 15.3.1, and macOS Monterey 12.2.1 to fix a WebKit flaw that may have been actively exploited, its third zero-day patch in 2022  —  Apple has released security updates to fix a new zero-day vulnerability exploited in the wild by attackers to hack iPhones, iPads, and Macs.
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 …
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' two largest 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.
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
Brandy Betz / CoinDesk:
Sardine, which offers fintechs real-time fraud scores based on users' identities, devices, and behavior, raises a $19.5M Series A from a16z, NYCA, and Experian  —  a16z, NYCA and Experian joined in the capital raise for the San Francisco startup.  —  Sardine, a fraud and compliance platform for fintechs …
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.
Mike Sorrentino / CNET:
MoviePass will relaunch as a credit-based marketplace and announces PreShow, an ad platform that uses facial detection to track whether a viewer watched an ad  —  MoviePass plans to make its big return this summer, with a retooled movie ticket service that the company likens to more of a credit-based marketplace.
Akayla Gardner / Bloomberg:
Messari: NFTs account for only 1% of the overall cryptocurrency market, or $16B in combined value, a sliver of the ~$2T cryptocurrency ecosystem  —  NFTs seem to be everywhere as of late, whether being touted by celebrities ranging from Justin Bieber to Heidi Klum, but data show they account …
Nathan Grayson / Washington Post:
How game studio Blackbird ran a trial of a four-day work week from Sept. to Dec. 2021, which resulted in a unanimous vote to permanently adopt the change  —  On Sept. 16 of last year, management at Blackbird Interactive, the 300-person studio behind “Hardspace: Shipbreaker” …
Mehnaz Yasmin / Reuters:
Branch, whose tools help businesses measure marketing programs, raises $300M led by NEA at a $4B valuation; PitchBook: Branch had a $1B valuation in 2019  —  Palo Alto-based Branch, which makes tools that help businesses measure their marketing programs, said on Thursday it raised $300 million …
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.
Charlie Taylor / The Irish Times:
EU ombudsman opens an inquiry into how GDPR is applied in Ireland, after claims that 98% of privacy infringement complaints to the Irish DPC remain unsolved  —  EU ombudsman acts after complaint from ICCL  —  EU ombudsman Emily O'Reilly has opened an inquiry into the European Commission's failure …
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 …

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