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April 24, 2022, 1:45 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
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.
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.
Emma Roth / The Verge:
Apple warns it will remove apps from the App Store that haven't been “updated in a significant amount of time” and is giving developers 30 days to update them  —  Wiping apps that haven't been updated in a ‘significant amount of time’  —  Apple may be cracking down on apps that no longer receive updates.
Shruti Shekar / Android Central:
Leaked images seem to show a Google Pixel Watch testing model left at a restaurant in the US, with a minimalist design in black and a proprietary Google band  —  If this is the final design of the Google Pixel Watch, then many of the rumors have come true.  —  What you need to know
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 …
Kyle Chayka / New Yorker:
Elon Musk's bid for Twitter appears to be about preserving Twitter as a means for himself and others to continue influencing vast audiences without interference  —  The world's richest man seems intent on preserving Twitter as a means for himself and others to continue influencing vast audiences without interference.
Bloomberg:
Joy Press / Vanity Fair:
Streamers are acting like network TV, as they pull back on edgy content and seek “elevated broadcasts”, like sitcoms, under financial pressure and competition  —  Desperate for subscriber eyeballs, streamers are pulling back on edgy content—and acting more like the networks they trounced in the revolution.
Philip Bump / Washington Post:
How Telegram became the most prominent platform for the right-wing fringe, including by not having a recommendation algorithm, which helps groups stay hidden  —  Once conservative America decided that mainstream social media platforms were unfairly censoring them — a belief born of pressure …
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 …

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