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May 2, 2022, 3:25 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 …
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 since at least 2017; Grindr two years ago curtailed the data it shares with advertising partners
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
The Information:
Roadmap: Meta plans four VR headsets by 2024; source says high-end MR headset Cambria, once set for 2021, could debut in September before its successor in 2024  —  Meta Platforms is planning to release four virtual reality headsets between now and 2024, according to an internal road map viewed by The Information.
Joseph Menn / Washington Post:
Hacking Russia was once considered off-limits but after invading Ukraine, unprecedented cyberattacks by hacktivists and criminals have wreaked havoc in Russia  —  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:
A Mozilla analysis of 32 mental health and prayer apps finds 29 have poor privacy protections and security practices and collect large amounts of personal data  —  Prayer apps were also worse than other categories  —  As a category, mental health apps have worse privacy protections for users …
Sam Machkovech / Ars Technica:
Swedish game publisher Embracer buys Square Enix's three Western game studios, including their game series Tomb Raider, Deus Ex, and Legacy of Kain, 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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