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August 9, 2022, 11:35 AM

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WABetaInfo:
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.
Kollen Post / The Block:
The US Treasury sanctions crypto mixing service Tornado Cash and 44 related ETH and USDC wallets, citing their use in high-profile hacks, such as by North Korea  —  - The Treasury is sanctioning DeFi mixing service, Tornado Cash.  — The move is the agency's second sanction of a mixing service.
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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.
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 …
Brad Stone / Bloomberg:
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Snapchat rolls out parental controls through a new Family Center feature, letting parents see who teens are talking to, but not view the content of the messages  —  Snapchat today is rolling out its first set of parental controls, after announcing last October it was developing tools …
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.

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