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July 6, 2022, 9:40 PM

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Joe Rossignol / MacRumors:
Apple announces Lockdown Mode in iOS 16, iPadOS 16, and macOS Ventura to protect against “highly targeted cyberattacks” by disabling features, apps, and more  —  Apple today announced a new Lockdown Mode coming to the iPhone, iPad, and Mac with iOS 16, iPadOS 16, and macOS Ventura.
Bloomberg:
Voyager Digital files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, estimating it has 100K+ creditors and $1B-$10B in assets; Bankman-Fried's Alameda Research is its main creditor  —  Crypto broker Voyager Digital Ltd. filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection just weeks after getting a lifeline …
Mark Gurman / Bloomberg:
Sources: rugged Apple Watch planned for 2022 will have a larger, ~2" shatter-resistant screen, non-aluminum metal case, workout tracking improvements, and more  —  Apple Inc. plans its largest smartwatch display to date, a bigger battery and a rugged metal casing as part …
Ryan Browne / CNBC:
The UK's CMA opens an antitrust investigation into Microsoft's proposed Activision Blizzard acquisition, setting a September 1 deadline for its initial decision  —  - It marks one of the first probes by a major antitrust enforcer into the $68.7 billion deal, which was announced in January.
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James Vincent / The Verge:
Meta open sources its AI translation model, which works across 200 languages, as part of its ambitious R&D project to create a “universal speech translator”  —  Meta's ambition to build a ‘universal translator’ continue  —  Social media conglomerate Meta has created …
Ryan Weeks / The Block:
Sources: a senior Axie Infinity engineer was duped by a fake LinkedIn job ad before downloading a PDF containing spyware, leading to the $600M+ Ronin hack  —  - Hackers duped a senior engineer at Axie Infinity into applying for a job at a fictitious company.
Manish Singh / TechCrunch:
Source: Glance, owned by adtech firm InMobi Group, is partnering with carriers to launch its media service for Android lock screens in the US within two months  —  Glance, a subsidiary of adtech giant InMobi Group, is planning to launch its lock screen platform on Android smartphones …
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Amazon partners with Just Eat Takeaway to offer a free one-year Grubhub+ subscription to US Prime members; Amazon gets equity in Grubhub; DoorDash drops 9%+  —  Amazon tried but then ultimately stepped away from building its own cost-intensive Grubhub and DoorDash competitor in the U.S. back in 2019.
David Uberti / Wall Street Journal:
Cybersecurity and privacy firms, many of which raised hundreds of millions, have laid off ~1,400 workers since May; OneTrust axed 950, Lacework laid off 200  —  Security startups hunker down and stockpile cash as they prepare for a bear market  —  Companies that help businesses battle hackers …
Dina Bass / Bloomberg:
Tom Keane, a Microsoft VP of Azure, says he is leaving the company after 21 years; a report in May accused him of verbally abusing staff  —  Microsoft Corp. cloud Vice President Tom Keane said he's leaving the software giant, where he's spent 21 years.  His departure comes after a report …
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