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June 1, 2022, 7:00 AM

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Greg Stohr / Bloomberg Law:
SCOTUS blocks Texas' social media content moderation law in a 5-4 vote, putting the measure on hold while a constitutional challenge proceeds in a lower court  —  The US Supreme Court blocked a Texas law that critics say would fundamentally transform Twitter Inc. and Meta Platforms Inc.'s Facebook …
Scott Chipolina / Financial Times:
A group of 26 leading computer experts urge US lawmakers to resist crypto lobbying efforts, calling crypto financial instruments “risky, flawed, and unproven”  —  Computer scientists and academics target US lawmakers in effort to counter well-financed lobbying efforts
Bloomberg:
Filings and holdings data at the end of April show Fidelity cut the valuation of Instacart by 50%, Reddit by 33%, ByteDance by 13%, and Stripe by 13%  —  Fidelity Investments cut valuations for several closely held technology companies, including social media platform Reddit and payment software provider Stripe.
Ariel Shapiro / The Verge:
Podcasts hosted on Spotify-owned Megaphone were unavailable for over eight hours on Monday night and early Tuesday morning due to an expired SSL certificate  —  Podcasts hosted on Megaphone were unavailable on Spotify and other apps for eight hours  —  Podcast listeners could not access …
Atlas VPN:
Safari now has an estimated 1B+ users, making it the second browser to pass the milestone, behind Chrome's 3.37B+, but ahead of Edge's 212M+ and Firefox's 179M+  —  Browsers can connect you to any place on the internet.  It retrieves and renders data to show it nicely on your screen.
Aisha Malik / TechCrunch:
TikTok is testing a “clear mode” feature with select users that removes usernames, captions, audio information, and more for distraction-free scrolling  —  TikTok is testing a new feature that would allow for a distraction-free scrolling experience on the app, the company confirmed to TechCrunch.
Financial Times:
An investigation details NSO's severe financial troubles, after human rights groups documented Pegasus abuses, as executives weigh selling to risky clients  —  The inside story of the Pegasus spyware maker's perilous financial situation and its way ahead following US blacklisting
David Pierce / The Verge:
Hands-on with Murena One, a privacy-focused $369 Android smartphone that replaces all Google apps and services with its own custom versions  —  /e/OS does a lot, but it can't fix the ecosystem  —  An Android phone without Google.  No Google apps, no Google Play Services, no peppy Google Assistant.
Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai / VICE:
A look at Discord's outsized role in crypto and Web3 communities, as the platform struggles with rampant spam, phishing attacks, scammers, and malware  —  Rampant spam, phishing attacks, scammers, and malware—Discord has a lot of challenges securing crypto projects.  —  Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai
Dan Goodin / Ars Technica:
Researchers told Microsoft on April 12 about an RCE Windows exploit active in the wild; Microsoft called the flaw critical on May 30 but still hasn't patched it  —  All supported versions of Windows affected.  —  A critical code execution zero-day in all supported versions of Windows …

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