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June 14, 2022, 11:00 PM

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Brian Armstrong / The Coinbase Blog:
Stephanie Kirchgaessner / The Guardian:
Sources: US defense contractor L3Harris is in talks with NSO Group to acquire its core tech; White House says such a deal would raise serious security concerns  —  Deal - which would require approval from US and Israel - would give L3Harris control over controversial Pegasus tool
Filipe Espósito / 9to5Mac:
Sources: Apple plans to refresh its entry-level iPad with a USB-C port instead of Lightning, an A14 chip, 5G, and an improved display, likely coming in 2022  —  Earlier this year, 9to5Mac exclusively reported that Apple was working on a new generation iPad Air to have the M1 chip and 5G support …
José Adorno / 9to5Mac:
Wall Street Journal:
Source: crypto lender Celsius Networks is looking for financing options from investors and exploring other strategic alternatives, like financial restructuring  —  Celsius Network, among the largest crypto lenders, has paused user accounts, citing extreme market conditions
Chris Welch / The Verge:
Sonos Voice Control assistant review: fast, private, and good at tasks like grouping rooms, but lacks Spotify support and doesn't understand some artists' names  —  Sonos' assistant only takes music requests, and that actually works out in its favor  —  When Sonos Voice Control was announced last month …
WABetaInfo:
Mark Zuckerberg announces WhatsApp users can securely transfer their chat history from Android to iOS while keeping e2ee, expanding on iOS to Android support  —  Like Love Haha Wow Sad Angry  —  After announcing important changes for the Cloud API at the Conversations 2022 keynote …
Jacob Kastrenakes / The Verge:
Adobe begins testing a freemium version of Photoshop for the web in Canada to introduce more users to the app; some features will eventually be subscriber-only  —  For now, it's testing a freemium version in Canada  —  Adobe has started testing a free-to-use version of Photoshop on the web …
Wall Street Journal:
Apple and Major League Soccer announce a 2023-2032 broadcasting deal, with games available via MLS Apple TV app or Apple TV+; source: deal is worth $250M+/year  —  Deal underscores iPhone maker's streaming ambitions and battle for sports programming  —  Apple Inc. AAPL 0.71%▲ …
Dan Goodin / Ars Technica:
Researchers find a vulnerability in Intel and AMD CPUs that could let hackers steal encryption keys via a side channel attack on power management feature DVFS  —  Hertzbleed attack targets power-conservation feature found on virtually all modern CPUs.  —  Microprocessors from Intel, AMD …
Sarah Nassauer / Wall Street Journal:
Wonder, a food delivery app led by Marc Lore, raised $350M in May 2022 sources say at a ~$3.5B valuation, bringing its total funding in equity and debt to $900M  —  The New York-based company cooks hot meals from a network of neighborhood trucks and wants to expand its service area
Kellen Browning / New York Times:
A Massachusetts court rules that a proposed ballot measure, backed by Uber and Lyft, to classify gig drivers as independent contractors, violates state law  —  The ruling ends a $17.8 million campaign by companies like Uber and Lyft that would have led to the classification of their drivers as independent contractors.
Tim Hardwick / MacRumors:
Germany's Bundeskartellamt regulator launches an antitrust investigation into whether Apple's ATT tracking rules and anti-tracking tech are self-preferencing  —  Germany's Federal Cartel Office, the Bundeskartellamt, has initiated proceedings against Apple to investigate whether its tracking rules …
Mariella Moon / Engadget:
Mozilla turns Firefox desktop's Total Cookie Protection on by default, after launching the feature in February 2021 and enabling it in privacy mode in June 2021  —  All Firefox users on desktop will now be protected by the browser's Total Cookie Protection feature by default.
Kate Beioley / Financial Times:
The UK's Competition Appeal Tribunal backs the CMA's right to find that Meta's purchase of Giphy may harm innovation, ruling against all but one appeal by Meta  —  CMA may have to look again at decision as result of Facebook parent's one successful challenge at tribunal

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