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June 8, 2022, 5:30 PM

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Elizabeth Dwoskin / Washington Post:
Source: Twitter's board plans to comply with Elon Musk's demands for internal data on bots by offering access to its full “firehose”, after a weeks-long impasse  —  The billionaire is in a protracted battle with the company over information about spam and fake accounts
Alex Konrad / Forbes:
After leaving Amazon on July 1, Dave Clark will join supply chain software startup Flexport as co-CEO starting September 1, becoming sole CEO six months later  —  Former Amazon consumer chief Dave Clark has a new job: co-CEO, and eventually sole CEO, of $8 billion-valued supply chain software startup Flexport.
Prakhar Khanna / Digital Trends:
Apple says Stage Manager is limited to M1 iPads because the feature relies on iPadOS 16's fast memory swap, which lets demanding apps use storage as virtual RAM  —  At its Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) 2022, Apple announced numerous new features for iPadOS 16.
Cristina Criddle / Financial Times:
Sources: since its launch in October 2021, TikTok Shop in the UK has lost ~50% of its staff, or at least 20 people, due to a culture clash with Chinese owners  —  Chinese-owned social media group launches investigation into ‘toxic’ working practices at London offices
Ian Allison / CoinDesk:
Source: Citadel Securities is building a “cryptocurrency trading ecosystem” in partnership with market maker Virtu, VC firms Sequoia and Paradigm, and others  —  The effort also includes Citadel Securities' recent venture capital (VC) backers, Sequoia and Paradigm …
Dina Bass / Bloomberg:
Microsoft plans to “significantly scale down” its operations in Russia, impacting 400+ staff, while continuing to fulfill its “existing contractual obligations”  —  Microsoft Corp. is substantially reducing its business in Russia, joining the list of prominent technology firms cutting …
Joe Rossignol / MacRumors:
Apple's iOS 16 introduces the ability to transfer an eSIM from another iPhone via Bluetooth while setting up cellular service  —  iOS 16 introduces a useful new feature that allows an eSIM to be transferred between iPhones via Bluetooth while setting up cellular service.
Florence Ion / Gizmodo:
Google releases Android 13 Beta 3 for Pixel phones and says Android 13 has reached platform stability, meaning the developer APIs and how apps perform are final  —  As the beta reaches Platform Stability, Google would like to remind you that Android tablets aren't dead yet.  —  Alerts
Mark Gurman / Bloomberg:
Apple will handle Apple Pay Later's lending, a company first; a wholly owned subsidiary, Apple Financing LLC, will oversee credit checks and make loan decisions  —  Apple Inc. will handle the lending itself for a new “buy now, pay later” offering, sidestepping partners as the tech giant pushes deeper …
Todd Bishop / GeekWire:
Internal email: Microsoft splits its HoloLens group as its leader Alex Kipman leaves the company; a recent Insider report described Kipman's “toxic” behavior  —  Microsoft is splitting its HoloLens mixed reality group and parting ways with Alex Kipman, the leader of the group …
Sergiu Gatlan / BleepingComputer:
In a joint cybersecurity advisory, the NSA, CISA, and the FBI reveal China-backed hackers exploited publicly known vulnerabilities to snoop on network traffic  —  Several US federal agencies today revealed that Chinese-backed threat actors have targeted and compromised major telecommunications companies …
Malathi Nayak / Bloomberg:
Meta faces eight lawsuits this week that claim its algorithms lead to attempted suicide, eating disorders, sleeplessness, and other issues in young people  —  Meta Platforms Inc. is now a leader in another social media trend — lawsuits claiming the company built algorithms in its platforms …
Andrew Asmakov / Decrypt:
Ethereum's proof-of-stake Merge upgrade goes live today on the Ropsten testnet, which allows for blockchain development testing before deployment on the mainnet  —  First rolled out in 2016, Ropsten is Ethereum's oldest testnet that allows for blockchain development testing before deployment on the mainnet.
Odanga Madung / Mozilla Foundation:
Analysis of disinformation on TikTok ahead of Kenya's August 9 general election: hate speech, community incitement, and manipulated content is spreading widely  —  2. Extensive Disinformation and TikTok Policy Violations  —  3. Looking Back: Familiar Terrain for Kenyans
Anton Wilen / Bloomberg:
Saudi Arabia's PIF-backed Savvy Gaming Group acquires an 8.1% stake in Sweden's Embracer for ~$1.05B, after its Modern Times acquisition and Nintendo investment  —  Saudi Arabia's wealth fund has made its second $1 billion foray into the Swedish gaming industry this year as part of a drive …
Emma Roth / The Verge:
Mark Zuckerberg: Meta's Crayta, a service built on Unreal Engine 4 that lets players create, share, and play games with friends, is coming to Facebook Gaming  —  The Roblox-meets-Fortnite platform lets you build games with friends  —  Crayta, a platform that lets players create, share …
Lawrence Abrams / BleepingComputer:
The FBI and IRS led an international operation taking down online marketplace SSNDOB that sold the names, SSNs, and dates of birth of about 24 million US people  —  SSNDOB, an online marketplace that sold the names, social security numbers, and dates of birth of approximately 24 million US people …

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