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March 25, 2022, 12:40 PM

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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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Daniel Michaels / Wall Street Journal:
The EU and US reach a preliminary pact to store data about Europeans on US soil, but 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 …
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.
Bloomberg:
Instacart says it has voluntarily cut its valuation to ~$24B to boost recruiting and retention; Instacart was valued at $39B during its latest raise last March  —  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.
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.
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 …
David Gilbert / VICE:
A look at Lantern, a company backed by the US' Open Technology Fund that has spent the last two years building a peer-to-peer network to bypass Russian censors  —  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.
John Reynolds / AltFi:
London-based Causal, which makes spreadsheet software that can connect with live data sources, raises a $20M Series A co-led by Coatue and Accel  —  The Series A funding round in Causal was led by Coatue, the investment management firm and Accel, the venture capital outfit …
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