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June 28, 2022, 9:30 AM

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TechCrunch:
Analysis of Stardust period tracking app, the top free app on the US App Store on June 25, shows it shares users' phone numbers with analytics company Mixpanel  —  The app was found sharing users' phone numbers with an analytics firm  —  Period tracking app Stardust surged to the top …
Olivia Snow / Wired:
How SCOTUS overturning Roe could be used to curb online freedoms and surveil vulnerable populations, as happened to sex workers following FOSTA/SESTA in 2018  —  FOSTA/SESTA—laws that deplatformed sex workers—helped build the gallows for overturning Roe v. Wade.
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Emma Roth / The Verge:
Google says Hangouts will shut down in November as it begins prompting mobile Hangouts users to move to Chat  —  It'll start moving mobile Hangouts users to Chat today  —  After sunsetting Google Hangouts for Workspace users in February, Google's now beginning the process of migrating free, personal Hangouts users to Chat.
Charlie Warzel / The Atlantic:
a16z's Marc Andreessen and Packy McCormick failing to coherently explain web3 use cases demonstrate the hollowness of the space, often obscured by boosterism  —  I cannot stop watching crypto profiteers get owned. … I cannot stop watching videos of Web3 boosters failing to explain the usefulness of the technology.
Bloomberg:
After freezing withdrawals, crypto exchange CoinFlex plans to issue a Recovery Value USD token, offering 20% annual returns, seeking to repay a $47M debt  —  Cryptocurrency exchange CoinFlex plans to raise funds by issuing a new token that will offer a 20% annual return …
Jacquelyn Melinek / TechCrunch:
Sam Bankman-Fried says there are no active talks for FTX to acquire Robinhood; Robinhood says no acquisition can go through without the founders' approval  —  SBF praises Robinhood, hints at possible partnerships  —  Crypto exchange FTX is open to partnering with Robinhood Markets …
James Vincent / The Verge:
Airbnb makes its ban on parties at rented properties, introduced in 2020, permanent, saying the ban “became much more than a public health measure”  —  But a 16-person cap on rentals has been removed  —  In 2020, Airbnb introduced a temporary ban on house parties and events …
Mike Butcher / TechCrunch:
A look at Plural, a €250M early-stage fund led by Wise co-founder Taavet Hinrikus, Teleport co-founder Sten Tamkivi, Songkick co-founder Ian Hogarth, and others  —  Until recently Taavet Hinrikus, cofounder of Wise, and Sten Tamkivi, cofounder of Teleport, had banded together as a sort of ‘mini Angel brand’ known as “Taavet+Sten”.
Documented:
Privacy advocates say the SmartLINK app, an alternative to ankle monitors, helped ICE increase the number of people it tracks from 6K to 230K within three years  —  ICE says the phone-based app is not meant to conduct “surveillance”—and a quick test didn't raise red flags.
Annie Palmer / CNBC:
Amazon plans to host two Prime shopping events in a year for the first time, the second one set for Q4 2022, according to a notice sent to third-party merchants  —  - Amazon is planning to hold a “Prime Fall” deal event in the fourth quarter, according to a notice viewed by CNBC.

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