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March 25, 2022, 9:10 AM

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Samuel Stolton / Politico:
EU lawmakers provisionally agree on the DMA, which mandates messaging service interoperability, limits bundling services, prohibits self-preferencing, and more  —  The European Union today adopted landmark rules clamping down on anti-competitive abuses by the world's largest technology platforms …
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Mark Gurman / Bloomberg:
Sources: Apple plans to launch a monthly subscription service by 2023 for the iPhone and other hardware that could tie into Apple One bundles and AppleCare  —  Apple Inc. is working on a subscription service for the iPhone and other hardware products, a move that could make device ownership similar …
New York Times:
The DOJ charges four Russian officials for alleged hacking campaigns from 2012 to 2018 on critical US infrastructure, including a Kansas nuclear power plant  —  The announcement covered hackings from 2012 to 2018, but served as yet another warning from the Biden administration of Russia's ability to conduct such operations.
Daniel Michaels / Wall Street Journal:
The EU and US announce a preliminary transatlantic data pact bur reveal few details, after the EU declared the previous pact illegal in 2020  —  Agreement could assuage concerns of companies with operations on both sides of the Atlantic  —  BRUSSELS—The U.S. and the European Union reached …
Adi Robertson / The Verge:
The DOJ arrests and charges two men with wire fraud and money laundering over an alleged $1.1M NFT rug pull scheme for their collection of 8,888 “Frosties”  —  They'd already announced a follow-up series  —  US government prosecutors have charged two men with fraud and money laundering …
Kellen Browning / New York Times:
Netflix acquires Boss Fight Entertainment, a mobile game developer with 130 employees, its third studio purchase since sharing its gaming ambitions last summer  —  The acquisition is the company's third since it announced plans to move into video games last summer.
Bloomberg:
Instacart slashes its valuation by almost 40% to ~$24B, down from $39B in March 2021 when it raised $265M, in hopes of boosting recruiting and retention efforts  —  Instacart Inc. is slashing its valuation by almost 40% to about $24 billion, a move it says will help the company attract talent and adapt to market conditions.
Mike Peterson / AppleInsider:
Filing: Apple argues that Epic lost the Epic Games v. Apple trial because it failed to prove wrongdoing and not because of any legal errors on the judge's part  —  In a new brief, Apple declares that Epic Games lost the Epic v. Apple trial because it failed to prove wrongdoing — and not because of any legal errors on the judge's part.
David Gilbert / VICE:
A look at Lantern, an app backed by the US' Open Technology Fund that has spent the last two years building a peer-to-peer network to bypass Russian censorship  —  Backed with funding from the U.S. government's Open Technology Fund, Lantern has spent two years building a peer-to-peer network inside Russia.
BBC:
UK police arrest seven people aged 16 to 21 as part of an investigation “into a hacking group”, but did not say if the teenager behind Lapsus$ is among them  —  A 16-year-old from Oxford has been accused of being one of the leaders of cyber-crime gang Lapsus$.

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