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June 16, 2022, 4:10 PM

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Katie Collins / CNET:
The EU toughens its disinformation Code of Practice, covering deepfakes, bots, fake accounts, and more; Meta, Google, TikTok, Twitter, and others have signed up  —  Katie Collins  —  Katie a UK-based news reporter and features writer.  Officially, she is CNET's European correspondent …
Bloomberg:
Sources: Elon Musk addressed Twitter employees for the first time since agreeing to buy the company, discussing potential layoffs, content moderation, and more  —  Tesla Inc. Chief Executive officer Elon Musk discussed his stance on what types of content should be allowed on Twitter Inc.'s social network …
The Markup:
Analysis: 33 of the top 100 US hospitals used the Meta Pixel tracker, sending data back to Facebook, including details about prescriptions and conditions  —  Experts say some hospitals' use of an ad tracking tool may violate a federal law protecting health information
Andy Greenberg / Wired:
Researchers find a link between Indian police and hackers who planted evidence in 2018 on the PCs of human rights activists jailed on terrorism charges  —  New details connect police in India to a plot to plant evidence on victims' computers that led to their arrest.
Dana Mattioli / Wall Street Journal:
A look at Andy Jassy's first year as Amazon CEO, as he seeks to reverse some of Jeff Bezos' aggressive pandemic investments, close physical stores, and more  —  Amid one of the worst stretches for financial performance in Amazon's history, the new CEO is working to cut back the excesses …
Allison Johnson / The Verge:
Samsung merges its Pay and Pass apps to create Wallet, letting users organize ID cards, keys, and crypto, rolling out now  —  Bringing Samsung Pay and Pass under one roof  —  First, there was Samsung Wallet.  Then it became Samsung Pay.  Now, because time is a flat circle …
Ed Smith / PCGamesN:
Activision Blizzard says its internal review found that there is “no widespread harassment, or systemic harassment” at the company  —  Following a series of lawsuits, and claims of misconduct, an internal investigation by Activision concludes there is “no widespead harassment” - at Activision
Sergiu Gatlan / BleepingComputer:
Microsoft patches the Follina Windows zero-day, which let hackers execute malicious PowerShell commands and had been exploited by state-backed actors  —  Microsoft has released security updates with the June 2022 cumulative Windows Updates to address a critical Windows zero-day vulnerability known …
Bloomberg:
Some Ethereum miners express reservations about the planned shift to a proof-of-stake model, arguing it makes expensive mining equipment useless  —  The Ethereum mining community is a diverse bunch, geographically and demographically.  There's a 28-year-old translator in Ukraine …
New York Times:
Sources, docs, and a Google staffer's discrimination lawsuit show how religious sect Fellowship of Friends dominated Developer Studio, which makes promo videos  —  A video producer claims he was fired after he complained that an obscure group based in the Sierra foothills dominated a business unit at Google.
Ivan Mehta / TechCrunch:
A summary of the apps that Apple “Sherlocked” at WWDC 2022, like Camo with Continuity Camera, Klarna with Apple Pay Later, and Pillbox with medication tracking  —  Apple introduced some amazing updates across iOS, iPadOS, watchOS, and macOS at the worldwide developer conference (WWDC) last week.
CNN:
Japan passes an amendment making “online insults” punishable by up to a year in prison, after the suicide of a reality TV star who had faced social media abuse  —  Tokyo (CNN)Japan's parliament on Monday passed legislation making “online insults” punishable by imprisonment amid …
Ryan Broderick / Garbage Day:
A look at Twitter's research into its offensive content tweet pop-up, resulting in a positive change in long-term behavior even though 69% still sent the tweet  —  This Is What Friction Looks Like  —  Twitter released some really interesting research last week regarding that sort …
Matt Burgess / Wired:
In occupied Ukraine, Russia is forcing multiple ISPs to shut down connections or reroute traffic through Russia's powerful censorship and surveillance machine  —  In occupied Ukraine, people's internet is being routed to Russia—and subjected to its powerful censorship and surveillance machine.
Cat Zakrzewski / Washington Post:
The White House launches a task force to examine if existing federal laws adequately address online gender-based violence and suggest changes by the end of 2022  —  Group will create recommendations for governments, companies and schools to address the link between online harassment and violence in the wake of mass shootings
Wall Street Journal:
Analysis: 50%+ of the areas covered by the FCC's Rural Digital Opportunity Fund had been fully or partially covered by at least one prior US broadband program  —  Flaws in government programs have left some residents behind  —  The U.S. government has spent billions of dollars on several rounds …

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