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May 8, 2022, 9:50 PM

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Mark Gurman / Bloomberg:
Opinion: Apple has the technical chops to safely open up its NFC chip for third party payments apps, and the main reason it is not doing it is the revenue  —  Apple's latest antitrust battle is all about Apple Pay and how the company reserves the tap-to-pay feature for its own service.
Zoë Schiffer / @zoeschiffer:
Ian Goodfellow, Apple's director of ML, is leaving due to its return to work policy, saying in a note that “more flexibility would have been the best policy”  —  Ian Goodfellow, Apple's director of machine learning, is leaving the company due to its return to work policy. In a note to staff, he said “I believe strongly that more flexibility would have been the best policy for my team.” He was likely the company's most cited ML expert.
Danny Nelson / CoinDesk:
Sources: Instagram to launch a pilot for NFT integrations for Ethereum, Polygon, Solana, and Flow as soon as Monday, will not charge users for showcasing NFTs  —  NFTs from some of the most popular blockchain networks for crypto art are coming to Instagram with the announcement of a pilot …
WABetaInfo:
WhatsApp announces Message Reactions, support for sharing files up to 2GB in size, and is rolling out the ability to add up to 512 people to a group  —  Like Love Haha Wow Sad Angry  —  After announcing to release the ability to react to messages to everyone on the latest versions of WhatsApp for Android …
Jared Newman / Fast Company:
Profile of AltStore, which has been downloaded 1.5M times since its launch in 2019, as it rolls out a curated section to make sideloading apps on iOS easier  —  The best way to install apps from outside Apple's App Store was only made possible because Riley Testut wanted to play Pokémon on his iPhone.
Leo Schwartz / Rest of World:
Some tech workers in Latin America advocate for Spanish-language training and a Spanish programming language, even as the best IT jobs still require English  —  Non-English speaking devs are getting more coding jobs than ever — but Spanish can only get them so far.  —  • MEXICO CITY, MEXICO
David Pierson / Los Angeles Times:
In the Philippines, presidential frontrunner Bongbong Marcos is using TikTok and troll farms to rewrite his dictator father's violent past for young Filipinos  —  The popular video-sharing app, TikTok, could tip the balance in the upcoming Philippine election.
Dylan Martin / The Register:
Interview with RISC-V International CEO Calista Redmond about the non-profit that oversees the open-source processor technology, industry adoption, and more  —  We speak to the head of ISA's governing body on industry adoption, timelines, and more  —  INTERVIEW The CEO of RISC-V's governing body …
Anthony Faiola / Washington Post:
A look at the rise of VPNs in Russia following its war in Ukraine; Apptopia: daily downloads of the top ten VPNs jumped from 15K before the war to 475K in March  —  A surge in virtual private network downloads is a challenge to Vladimir Putin and his version of the war

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