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May 19, 2022, 2:45 PM

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Joseph Cox / VICE:
In a policy shift, the DOJ says it will no longer prosecute good-faith security research that violates the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act  —  The new policy addresses decades of uncertainty around the law and security research.  —  Joseph Cox  —  On Thursday the Department of Justice announced …
Twitter:
Twitter announces a crisis misinformation policy, including adding a warning to highly visible tweets with misleading information and disabling engagement  —  Around the world, people use Twitter to find reliable information in real time.  During periods of crisis - such as situations of armed conflict …
Dan Goodin / Ars Technica:
The CISA orders US federal civilian agencies to patch or remove VMware products with a remote code execution vulnerability that hackers are actively exploiting  —  Security flaws in VMware and F5's BIG-IP are being exploited by malicious hackers.  —  Malicious hackers, some believed to be state-backed …
Emily Nicolle / Bloomberg:
Tether's accounting firm says Tether holds $20.1B in commercial paper, down 17% QoQ; Tether had $82.4B in total assets on March 31 and $82.2B in liabilities  —  Tether, the operator of the world's most used cryptocurrency, said it had reduced the amount of commercial paper in the reserve backing …
David Pierce / The Verge:
Framework updates the 13.5" modular Framework Laptop with 12th-Gen Intel CPUs, starting at $1,049; owners can upgrade existing laptops with a $538 kit  —  A new laptop that fits inside your old laptop  —  A little more than a year after announcing the first version of its ultra-repairable …
Keach Hagey / Wall Street Journal:
A new bipartisan Senate bill prohibits companies with $20B+ in annual digital ad transactions from participating in more than one part of the ad ecosystem  —  Legislation, which has some Democratic support, takes aim at conflicts of interest in the advertising technology industry
Bloomberg:
Sources: Vijaya Gadde told Twitter staff at an all-hands that there is “no such thing as a deal being on hold”, as execs said Musk's deal is moving as planned  —  Twitter Inc. executives told employees on Thursday that the $44 billion deal to sell the company to billionaire Elon Musk …
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
An interview with a16z's Jonathan Lai on Games Fund One, the VC firm's new $600M fund for games that will invest in studios, infrastructure, and technologies  —  Andreessen Horowitz has raised a $600 million fund to invest in games.  The storied venture capital firm is already a big investor in games …
Jacob Kastrenakes / The Verge:
Fastly acquires Glitch, the web coding service formerly called Fog Creek Software; Glitch CEO Anil Dash will join Fastly as its VP of developer experience  —  The coding platform will continue under the new owner  —  Fastly, a major provider of cloud services, announced today that it's acquiring Glitch …
Henry Grabar / Slate:
As Uber begins to rein in costs, having lost ~$30B in five-odd years, a look at the impact of cheap rides on city transit and the opportunities that were lost  —  Recently I was talking with an executive who used to work in car-sharing—the wave of companies, led by Zipcar and car2go …
Frank Chaparro / The Block:
FTX.US launches FTX Stocks, a zero-commission stock trading feature available through the FTX app, rolling out in the US over the coming months  —  - The news comes shortly after Sam Bankman-Fried's acquisition of a 7.6% stake in retail trading giant Robinhood.
Kim Velsey / Curbed:
AirDNA, Inside Airbnb, and Douglas Elliman data: NYC has ~3K to ~13K more Airbnb listings than rental apartments despite Airbnb listings falling in the pandemic  —  The fever isn't breaking.  There are now bidding wars for one in every five Manhattan rental apartments (and one in three luxury units) …
Jan Hoffman / New York Times:
As drug overdoses soar in the US, Snap, Instagram, Discord, and other major platforms have become a quick and easy conduit for drug deals  —  The soaring drug fatalities in the U.S. are being fueled partly by fentanyl-tainted pills bought by teenagers and young adults on Snapchat, Instagram, TikTok and other social media apps.
Emma Roth / The Verge:
Report: Netflix had 3.6M cancellations in Q1 2022, up from ~2.5M for each past five quarters; 13% came from subscribers who had the service for over three years  —  Users subscribed to Netflix for more than three years represented 13 percent of total cancellations
Financial Times:
Chinese citizens angered by Shanghai's ongoing lockdowns are evading censorship of a viral post and video criticizing the government by minting them into NFTs  —  Growing popularity of decentralised ledger technology presents fresh challenge for country's censors
Lauren Feiner / CNBC:
New York AG plans to investigate social media platforms “used to stream, promote, or plan” the Buffalo attack, including Twitch, Discord, 4chan, and 8chan  —  - New York Attorney General Letitia James will investigate social media companies in connection to the apparently racially motivated attack …
Washington Post:
Republicans, who opposed common carrier status for ISPs during the net neutrality debate, are now calling for the status to be applied to social media platforms  —  Happy Thursday!  I know, I know, going to law school probably would've helped writing today's newsletter.

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