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May 2, 2022, 2:15 PM

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Javier Espinoza / Financial Times:
In preliminary findings, the EU says Apple abused its mobile payments dominance by limiting competitors' access to the NFC chip in iPhones, benefiting Apple Pay  —  EU preliminary findings say US group limits rivals' access to ‘tap and go’ technology  —  Brussels regulators have charged Apple …
Sam Jones / The Guardian:
Spain says the phones of its prime minister and defense minister were infected by NSO's Pegasus spyware in 2021; Spain's highest criminal court will investigate  —  Minister for presidency says ‘illicit’ targeting will be investigated by Spain's highest criminal court
Wall Street Journal:
Sources: millions of Grindr users' location data has been collected from a digital ad network and sold since at least 2017; Grindr says it has cut the data flow  —  Gay-dating app's user locations were collected and sold via ad networks since at least 2017; Grindr says it has curtailed the data it shares
Joseph Menn / Washington Post:
Hacking Russian targets was once considered off-limits by some, but after invading Ukraine the country has been hit by an unprecedented wave of cyberattacks  —  Experts anticipated a Moscow-led cyber-assault; instead, unprecedented attacks by hacktivists and criminals have wreaked havoc in Russia
New York Times:
Google fires AI researcher Satrajit Chatterjee; sources: he was fired after Google refused to publish his paper rebutting a celebrated Google paper in Nature  —  The researchers are considered a key to the company's future.  But they have had a hard time shaking infighting and controversy over a variety of issues.
Danny Nelson / CoinDesk:
Solana's network was down again on Saturday, for seven hours, when bots hit NFT minting tool Candy Machine, leading to ~4M transaction requests per second  —  It wasn't immediately clear how the bot traffic overcame network safeguards.  —  Solana stakeholders rushed to right …
Nicole Wetsman / The Verge:
Mozilla analysis of 32 mental health and prayer apps shows 29 have lax privacy and security practices and collect large amounts of data  —  Prayer apps were also worse than other categories  —  As a category, mental health apps have worse privacy protections for users than most other types of apps …
Sam Machkovech / Ars Technica:
European game publisher Embracer buys Square Enix's three Western game studios, with many game series including Tomb Raider and Dues Ex, and their IP, for $300M  —  $300 million deal includes “over 50” classic games' rights, over 1,000 devs.  —  On Monday, Japanese game publisher Square Enix confirmed …
Josh Sisco / The Information:
Internal FTC survey: overall satisfaction among staff has dropped from 89% in 2020 to 60% in 2021; in an email, Lina Khan pledges to fix sinking staff morale  —  Under both Republican and Democratic administrations, the Federal Trade Commission has consistently ranked in the top five …

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