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August 11, 2022, 1:40 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 hits 221.1M global streaming subscribers in Q3, surpassing Netflix's 220.7M; 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 a breach by the Yanluowang ransomware group in May 2022; Yanluowang claims 2.75GB of data consisting of ~3.1K files, including NDAs, was stolen  —  Cisco confirmed today that the Yanluowang ransomware group breached its corporate network in late May and that the actor tried …
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Microsoft open sources its library of 1,500+ 3D emoji, available now on GitHub and Figma, letting creators remix and customize them for free  —  Get ready for lots of custom 3D emoji  —  Microsoft is open sourcing more than 1,500 of its 3D emoji, making them free for creators to remix and build upon.
Pew Research Center:
An in-depth look at US teenagers and social media in 2022: 95% say they use YouTube, 67% use TikTok, 62% use Instagram, 59% use Snapchat, and 32% use Facebook  —  TikTok has established itself as one of the top online platforms for U.S. teens, while the share of teens who use Facebook has fallen sharply
Tom Warren / The Verge:
In documents filed with Brazil's competition regulator, Microsoft claims 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” to stop developers from adding their content to Xbox Game Pass.
Devin Coldewey / TechCrunch:
The FCC rejects SpaceX's application for a $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.
Danny Nelson / CoinDesk:
Coinbase disclosed in its latest quarterly report that the 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.
Rebecca Elliott / Wall Street Journal:
Jacquelyn Melinek / TechCrunch:
Nebraska-based Pinata, which provides NFT media infrastructure and support for crypto projects, raised a $18M Series A, bringing its total raised to $21.5M  —  Pinata, an NFT-focused media distribution platform, has raised a total of $21.5 million in funding, the company exclusively told TechCrunch.
Kyle Wiggers / TechCrunch:
Nightfall AI, which provides cloud data loss prevention services, announces a $40M Series B led by WestBridge Capital, bringing its total funding to $60M  —  Nightfall AI, a startup providing cloud data loss prevention services, today announced that it raised $40 million in Series B financing …
Allison Johnson / The Verge:
Samsung debuts the $1,800 Galaxy Z Fold 4 with 6.2" and 7.6" displays, Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1, 12GB of RAM, 256GB+ storage, and a 50MP camera; preorders now open  —  Minor camera and software improvements, big $1,799 price tag  —  Samsung, purveyor of the only serious foldables available on a global scale …
Nirave Gondhia / XDA Developers:
Jon Fingas / Engadget:
Samsung unveils the Galaxy Z Flip 4, featuring the same 1.9" and 6.7" displays, battery and camera upgrades, and the Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1, starting at $999  —  As expected, Samsung has unveiled the Galaxy Z Flip 4 — but the phone's greatest improvements might come through upgrades to software, not specs.
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