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July 24, 2022, 1:25 PM

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Katie Bo Lillis / CNN:
Sources: the FBI determined around 2017 that Huawei gear in cell towers near US military bases in the Midwest was capable of capturing and disrupting DoD comms  —  On paper, it looked like a fantastic deal.  In 2017, the Chinese government was offering to spend $100 million to build  …
Cat Zakrzewski / Washington Post:
A South Carolina bill would make it illegal to host a website or “an internet service” with information that is “reasonably likely to be used for an abortion”  —  More states could follow, setting up a battle over the future of online speech across the country.  —  Listen
Karen Hao / Wall Street Journal:
How China's mass collection of personal info and its new, unevenly enforced data security rules contribute to a thriving underground market for stolen data  —  Government's mass collection of personal information aids social control but undermines national security, cybersecurity researchers say
Alex Kantrowitz / Big Technology:
Google fires engineer Blake Lemoine, who said he believes Google's LaMDA conversational tech is sentient, citing employment and data security policy violations  —  Google has fired Blake Lemoine, the engineer who said he believed the company's LaMDA conversational technology was sentient.
Gilad Edelman / Wired:
A look at the bipartisan American Data Privacy and Protection Act, which privacy experts say might finally give the US a strong federal data protection law  —  A bill with bipartisan support might finally give the US a strong federal data protection law.  —  Usually, when Congress is working …
Zeyi Yang / MIT Technology Review:
Gamers in China, where online porn is banned, are using the Steam app Wallpaper Engine as a cloud drive and a video player to exchange adult-only content  —  Wallpaper Engine has become a haven for ingenious Chinese users who use it to smuggle adult content as desktop wallpaper.  But how long can it last?
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Andy Maxwell / TorrentFreak:
Epidemic Sound, which offers music tracks to creators, sues Meta, alleging approximately 94% of content using Epidemic's music on Meta's platforms is unlicensed  —  Faced with the prospect of copyright strikes, Content ID claims and potential account loss, thousands of YouTubers, TikTok users …
Todd Bishop / GeekWire:
T-Mobile agrees to pay $350M to settle class action lawsuits over a 2021 cyberattack that impacted ~76.6M customers and pledges to invest $150M in data security  —  T-Mobile agreed Friday to pay $350 million to settle class-action lawsuits brought over an August 2021 cyberattack …

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