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August 9, 2022, 1:25 PM

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WhatsApp rolls out privacy features to let users leave Groups silently, choose who can see when they are online, and block screenshots of View Once messages  —  Like Love Haha Wow Sad Angry  —  WhatsApp is building new ways to increase user privacy and security in order to improve their experience while using the app.
Filipe Espósito / 9to5Mac:
WhatsApp now lets users delete a private or group chat message up to 2.5 days after sending it; before, users had one hour, eight minutes, and 16 seconds  —  While iMessage is getting the option to “unsend” messages for the first time with iOS 16 beta, WhatsApp already provides a similar feature.
Reuters:
AppLovin offers to buy Unity for $58.85/share, an 18% premium to Unity's Monday closing price, in a $17.54B all-stock deal; AppLovin stock is down 10%+  —  Gaming software company AppLovin Corp (APP.O) made an offer on Tuesday to buy its peer Unity Software Inc (U.N) in a $17.54 billion all-stock deal …
Katherine Tangalakis-Lippert / Insider:
Meta's BlenderBot 3 chatbot, released in the US on August 5, repeats antisemitic stereotypes, claims Donald Trump is the current US president, and more  —  - Meta's new machine-learning chatbot, BlenderBot 3, is the company's most advanced AI chatbot to date.
Kevin Breuninger / CNBC:
President Biden signs the CHIPS and Science Act into law, including $52B+ for US companies producing semiconductors, as well as billions more in tax credits  —  - President Joe Biden signed into law a bipartisan bill that aims to boost U.S. competitiveness with China.
CoinDesk:
An anonymous Tornado Cash user sends high-profile crypto users, such as Jimmy Fallon and Brian Armstrong, ETH from a sanctioned address, likely to troll them  —  An anonymous crypto user sent small amounts of ether from a sanctioned Tornado Cash address to celebrities and prominent crypto figures on Tuesday.
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Elizabeth Napolitano / CoinDesk:
The DOJ says BitMEX's head of business development, Gregory Dwyer, pleaded guilty to violating US federal anti-money laundering rules and will pay a $150K fine  —  A federal court in New York previously sentenced the firm's co-founders to probation time and fines.
Bloomberg:
ByteDance acquired Amcare Healthcare, one of China's largest private hospital chains, source says for about $1.5B, deepening its foray into health care  —  ByteDance Ltd. has acquired one of China's largest private hospital chains for about $1.5 billion, deepening a foray into health care via …
Mike Truppa / The Block:
Reddit partners with Ethereum Layer 2 platform Arbitrum to bring its Community Points system onto the Arbitrum Nova blockchain; FTX and others will advise  —  - Arbitrum announced that Reddit's Community Points will be built on the Arbitrum Nova chain.  — The deployment on Nova will open …
Sophie Fullerton / Washington Post:
Influencers on YouTube, TikTok, and Instagram are documenting trips to Syria, helping burnish the regime's image, often sponsored by brands, such as Surfshark  —  Sophie Fullerton is a political scientist and human rights researcher based in New York.  —  Last November, around the same …
Paul Sawers / TechCrunch:
Truework, which helps lenders verify borrowers' income and employment by integrating with payroll services like Zenefits, raises $50M Series C led by G Squared  —  Truework, a company that offers technology to help mortgage and consumer-focused lenders verify the income and employment of borrowers …
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