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August 11, 2022, 11:20 AM

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Todd Spangler / Variety:
Disney announces Disney+ Basic, its ads tier for $7.99 per month, launching in the US on December 8, and raises the ad-free price from $7.99 to $10.99 per month  —  Disney has set pricing and date for the U.S. launch of the version of Disney+ with ads, while also hiking the monthly price of the Disney+ tier with no ads.
Aisha Malik / TechCrunch:
Disney hit 221.1M global streaming subscribers in Q3, surpassing Netflix's 220.7M in Q3; Disney+ had 152.1M subscribers, Hulu had 46.2M, and ESPN+ had 22.8M  —  The Walt Disney Company reported on Wednesday that total Disney+ subscriptions rose to 152.1 million during the company's third-quarter, posting better-than-expected results.
Sergiu Gatlan / BleepingComputer:
Cisco confirms the Yanluowang ransomware group breached its network in May 2022; Yanluowang claimed to have stolen 2.75GB of data, or ~3.1K files including NDAs  —  Cisco confirmed today that the Yanluowang ransomware group breached its corporate network in late May and that the actor tried …
Vishal Chawla / The Block:
Ethereum's third and final proof-of-stake test merge goes live on the Goerli test network, a dress rehearsal for the mainnet merge planned for September 2022  —  - Ethereum has passed the final test for proof of stake merge on Goerli.  — The event served as a dress rehearsal for the eventual mainnet merge planned in September.
Mariella Moon / Engadget:
Google says Search will use its AI model Multitask Unified Model to find consensus among results for info snippets and expands its “About this result” tool  —  You know that highlighted piece of text at the very top of a Google search results page when you look up a piece of information?
Felix Krause:
A detailed look at how Facebook and Instagram opening links in a custom in-app browser on iOS lets Meta track every interaction, including entering passwords  —  The iOS Instagram and Facebook app render all third party links and ads within their app using a custom in-app browser.
Ionut Ilascu / BleepingComputer:
Microsoft and CISA warn users about DogWalk, a now-patched actively exploited RCE vulnerability in Windows 7, 10, 11, and Server 2008 through 2022  —  The U.S. Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) has added two more flaws to its catalog of Known Exploited Vulnerabilities, based on evidence of active exploitation.
Lily Hay Newman / Wired:
Following the Nebraska abortion case, Meta tests expanded E2EE for Messenger, including backups, and promises a global rollout for messages and calls in 2023  —  The company says an expansion of privacy features in Messenger is unrelated to a high-profile Nebraska abortion case.
Twitter:
Twitter outlines its election integrity plans ahead of the US midterms, including redesigned tweet labels and “prebunks” for misleading narratives  —  Twitter is the place to find real-time, reliable information about the 2022 midterms - whether you're looking for breaking news from reporters …
Danny Nelson / CoinDesk:
Coinbase disclosed in its latest quarterly filing that the US SEC is investigating its token listing processes, staking programs, and yield-generating products  —  The company told investors it has received “investigative subpoenas” from the Securities and Exchange Commission.
Devin Coldewey / TechCrunch:
The FCC rejects SpaceX's application for an $885M subsidy to provide Starlink broadband to rural America over 10 years, after tentatively approving it in 2020  —  The FCC has rejected the application of Starlink to provide broadband to rural America at a cost of $885 million over ten years, nullifying a tentative approval back in 2020.
Bloomberg:
Sources: Apple signed a Futuro Studios deal to fund podcast development and production in exchange for the first look to turn any podcast into a film or TV show  —  Apple Inc., stepping up its spending on original podcasts, signed an agreement with a Pulitzer Prize-winning studio …
Kyle Wiggers / TechCrunch:
Superblocks, whose drag-and-drop tools help companies build and manage internal apps, raised $37M led by Kleiner Perkins, Greenoaks, Spark, and Meritech  —  The economic downturn prompted a hiring slowdown across the tech industry, forcing CTOs — and the teams that they manage — to do more with less.
Malavika Kaur Makol / Bloomberg:
India's central bank releases guidelines for digital lending, which is projected to reach $350B in India by 2023, after complaints over harsh recovery tactics  —  India's central bank released guidelines for digital lending, targeted at bringing transparency and data protection to the business …
Tom Warren / The Verge:
In documents filed with Brazil's competition regulator, Microsoft says Sony pays for “blocking rights” to “prevent developers from adding content to Game Pass”  —  An explosive claim from Microsoft  —  Microsoft has claimed Sony pays for “blocking rights” …
Bloomberg:
Sources: Elon Musk's lawyers asked the judge in the Twitter case to compel the company to hand over the names of employees who count spam and bot accounts  —  Elon Musk is accusing Twitter Inc. of hiding key witnesses in their legal battle over whether he must consummate a $44 billion buyout of the company …
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