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April 23, 2022, 2:20 PM

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Javier Espinoza / Financial Times:
The EU finalizes the Digital Services Act, which will force social networks to toughen content moderation, reduce Google and Meta's ad targeting of minors, more  —  Companies such as Google and Facebook must moderate content more actively in regulatory clampdown
Natasha Lomas / TechCrunch:
As the EU finalizes the DMA and the DSA, a report reveals Big Tech companies' last-minute lobbying to limit crackdowns on surveillance advertising and more  —  A new report has peeled back the curtain on big tech's frenzied lobbying of European Union lawmakers as they finalize a major series of updates to the bloc's digital rulebook.
James Vincent / The Verge:
The EU's DSA forces Meta, Google, and other large online platforms to make their algorithms transparent to users, handle misinformation during crises, and more  —  The Digital Services Act will re-shape the online world  —  The EU has agreed on another ambitious piece of legislation to police the online world.
Cecilia Kang / New York Times:
Dan Goodin / Ars Technica:
Researchers detail a patched RCE flaw in the Apple Lossless Audio Codec on Android devices with Qualcomm and MediaTek chips; Apple open sourced ALAC in 2011  —  Flaw could be exploited with malicious audio file.  —  Security researchers said they uncovered a vulnerability that could have allowed hackers …
Bloomberg:
Sources detail how Elon Musk convinced Morgan Stanley and 11 other banks to back his Twitter bid, including ideas on how to run the business and boost revenue  —  Publicly, Elon Musk has said he doesn't care about the economics of owning Twitter Inc.  —  But during a hectic …
The Intercept:
Leaked sales pitch: US government contractor Anomaly Six, which says it can track ~3B phones in real time, demoed its capabilities by tracking CIA and NSA staff  —  In partnership with  —  In the months leading up to Russia's invasion of Ukraine, two obscure American startups met to discuss …
Paul Vigna / Wall Street Journal:
Research: hackers have stolen ~$2.9B worth of crypto across 37 hacks in 38 weeks since August, which is almost on par with the $3.2B stolen in all of 2021  —  Hacker steals $182 million over the weekend, the fifth largest hack on record  —  Cryptocurrency hacks are getting bigger.
Ash Parrish / The Verge:
The NLRB rules that 21 QA employees at Activision Blizzard's Raven Software unit are allowed to have a union election; they have until May 20 to submit ballots  —  The employees have until May 20th to submit their ballots  —  Twenty-one Raven Software QA employees have until May 20th …
Dave Lee / Financial Times:
Q&A with Dave Limp, Amazon SVP of devices and services, on how ambient computing can enhance the world, Fire Phone's failure, Alexa shopping, Astro, and more  —  When Amazon launched Alexa — its voice-activated virtual assistant — in 2014, it was met with scepticism.

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