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May 19, 2022, 1:10 AM

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Dan Goodin / Ars Technica:
The CISA orders US federal civilian agencies to patch or remove VMware products affected by a critical RCE 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 …
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
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 …
Manish Singh / TechCrunch:
India says cloud providers and VPN operators that don't comply with its cybersecurity rules, effective as of June 27, “will have to pull out” of the country  —  India is pushing ahead with its new cybersecurity rules that will require cloud service providers and VPN operators …
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 …
Aisha Malik / TechCrunch:
TikTok launches Branded Mission, a product that lets advertisers crowdsource content from creators with 1K+ followers and turn top-performing videos into ads  —  TikTok announced today that it's launching a new ad product called “Branded Mission” that will allow creators to connect with brands and possibly receive rewards for videos.
Alex Heath / The Verge:
Meta freezes hiring of engineers for product teams including Facebook Gaming, Dating, and Commerce; Zuckerberg said internally Meta is not planning layoffs  —  Mark Zuckerberg has internally downplayed the possibility of layoffs  —  Meta is pulling back its investments in a number of products …
Mitchell Clark / The Verge:
Amazon refreshes its Fire 7 tablet with USB-C charging, better battery life, and a 30% faster processor, and raises the price from $50 to $60, coming June 29  —  And faster internals  —  Amazon is updating its small and inexpensive Fire 7 tablet for the first time in three years …
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Following years of complaints, TikTok announces its first crediting tools, letting creators link back to the videos of other creators and trend originators  —  TikTok is finally going to let users of the short-form app properly give credit where credit is due.
Annie Palmer / CNBC:
New York accuses Amazon of discriminating against pregnant workers and those with disabilities; the state seeks civil fines and an end to discriminatory conduct  —  - New York Gov. Kathy Hochul on Wednesday announced a state agency has filed a complaint against Amazon, alleging it discriminates …
Bloomberg:
Four Democratic senators ask the FTC to investigate whether ID.me illegally misled consumers and government agencies about its use of facial recognition tech  —  A group of Democratic senators has asked the Federal Trade Commission to investigate whether identity verification company ID …
Cat Zakrzewski / Washington Post:
Texas asks SCOTUS to keep the state's social media law in effect; AG Ken Paxton argues that social media platforms should be regulated as common carriers  —  Texas attorney general Ken Paxton argues social media platforms are the 'twenty-first century descendants of telegraph and telephone companies …
Brian Stelter / CNN:
Twitter's board says “Mr. Musk agreed to a transaction at $54.20 per share” and that it intends to “close the transaction and enforce the merger agreement”  —  Who wants to own Twitter?  Maybe Elon Musk doesn't.  Sure, maybe he is causing chaos to extract a lower price …
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Monica Chin / The Verge:
Acer refreshes the Swift 3 laptop, starting at $900 with a 14" OLED display, 12th Gen Intel Core H-series CPUs, and claimed 10-hour battery life, coming in July  —  A new 14-inch OLED for $899.99  —  It wasn't too long ago that the phrase “OLED laptop” implied a luxury product.
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