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May 23, 2022, 6:40 AM

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Bloomberg:
Sources: Broadcom is in talks to acquire VMware, which has a ~$40B market cap; the discussions are ongoing and there's no guarantee they will lead to a purchase  —  Broadcom Inc. is in talks to acquire cloud-computing company VMware Inc., according to people familiar with the matter …
Dan Milmo / The Guardian:
YouTube takes down 70K+ videos and 9K+ channels about the war in Ukraine for violating content guidelines, including videos referring to a “liberation mission”  —  Exclusive: Platform takes ‘unprecedented action’ to address content guideline violations since invasion
Sean Hollister / The Verge:
Hands-on with Apple's Self-Service Repair kit to swap iPhone batteries: users rent 79 pounds of tools including a heat station for a seven-day $1,200 card hold  —  Apple must be joking.  —  That's how I felt again and again as I jumped through hoop after ridiculous hoop to replace the battery in my iPhone Mini.
Cagan Koc / Bloomberg:
European Central Bank President Christine Lagarde says crypto “should be regulated” to deter people from speculating on assets that are “based on nothing”  —  European Central Bank President Christine Lagarde said crypto-currencies are “based on nothing” …
Lily Hay Newman / Wired:
Google details three campaigns that used Predator spyware, developed by North Macedonia's Cytrox, that exploited five Android vulnerabilities found in 2021  —  New research from Google's Threat Analysis Group outlines the risks Android users face from the surveillance-for-hire industry.
Wall Street Journal:
Analysis: 46 wallets bought a combined $17.3M worth of tokens that were listed shortly after on Coinbase, Binance, and FTX, and sold to make $1.7M+ in profit  —  Anonymous wallets buy up tokens right before they are listed and sell shortly afterward  —  Public data suggests …
Yang Jie / Wall Street Journal:
Sources: Apple told some suppliers that it wants to boost production outside China, such as in India and Vietnam, citing Beijing's strict anti-COVID-19 policy  —  iPhone maker tells suppliers it wants to manufacture more in India and Southeast Asia  —  TOKYO—Apple Inc. AAPL 0.17%▲ …
Gavin Bonshor / AnandTech:
AMD announces Ryzen 7000 CPUs with up to 16 Zen 4 cores based on TSMC's 5nm process, PCIe 5 and DDR5 on an AM5 motherboard, coming in fall 2022  —  During the AMD Keynote at Computex 2022, its CEO, Dr. Lisa Su officially unveiled their next generation of Ryzen processors and the successor to the highly successful Ryzen 5000 series.
Tripp Mickle / New York Times:
Facebook, Apple, Amazon, Microsoft, and Google will emerge stronger from this downturn; Refinitiv: from 2008 to 2010, these companies acquired 100+ firms  —  Flush with cash, Facebook, Apple, Amazon, Microsoft and Google are positioned to emerge from a downturn stronger and more powerful.  As usual.
Rita Liao / TechCrunch:
Singapore-based BUD, which offers a metaverse for Gen Z consumers and plans to launch an NFT marketplace, raises a $36.8M Series B led by Sequoia Capital India  —  BUD, a nascent app taking a shot at creating a metaverse for Gen Z to play and interact with each other, has raised another round of funding in three months.

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