February 11, 2022, 8:01 AM

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Dustin Volz / Wall Street Journal:
Senators Wyden and Heinrich: declassified docs show a CIA bulk surveillance program collecting Americans' data without clear judicial or congressional oversight  —  The lawmakers called for the immediate declassification of details about the surveillance program and what data was collected
Juli Clover / MacRumors:
Apple plans AirTag 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.
Jon Porter / The Verge:
UK's CMA accepts Google's plan to phase out third-party cookies and replace them with Privacy Sandbox and will closely monitor the development of the product  —  The UK's competition regulator will keep a ‘close eye’ on development  —  Google's plan to phase out third-party cookies and replace …
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.
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:
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:
Lauren Kaori Gurley / VICE:
Report: Amazon has received $4.7B in tax breaks globally over the past decade; $4.1B was from the US and weak disclosure laws could put the rest well over $600M  —  The report highlights how little is known about the cost of Amazon's expansion to taxpayers around the planet.  —  Lauren Kaori Gurley
More: Benzinga
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.
Akayla Gardner / Bloomberg:
Messari: NFTs account for 1%, or $16B in value, of the ~$2T cryptocurrency ecosystem; 46.6% are avatar NFTs, 19.8% are game NFTs, and 13.5% are collectible NFTs  —  NFTs seem to be everywhere as of late, whether being touted by celebrities ranging from Justin Bieber to Heidi Klum …
Nathan Grayson / Washington Post:
How game studio Blackbird tested a four-day work week from September 2021 to December 2021, which resulted in a unanimous vote on Thursday to permanently switch  —  On Sept. 16 of last year, management at Blackbird Interactive, the 300-person studio behind “Hardspace: Shipbreaker” …

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