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August 15, 2022, 8:40 AM

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Mark Gurman / Bloomberg:
Sources: Apple ads team lead Todd Teresi now reports directly to Eddy Cue and wants to increase the group's ad revenues from $4B per year to double digits  —  Apple is set to expand ads to new areas of your iPhone and iPad in search of its next big revenue driver.
Tiffany Hsu / New York Times:
Ahead of the US midterms, a look at TikTok's ongoing struggles to contain misinformation during elections, such as in Australia, France, and Kenya this year  —  The fast-growing platform's poor track record during recent voting abroad does not bode well for elections in the U.S., researchers said.
David McCabe / New York Times:
A look at the growing bipartisan scrutiny of TikTok in the US; email: House officials told staff they did not recommend using the app, citing security concerns  —  National security concerns over the Chinese-owned viral video app remain unresolved.  Lawmakers and regulators are increasingly pushing for action.
New York Times:
a16z invests in Adam Neumann's residential real estate management startup Flow, sources say ~$350M at a $1B+ valuation, the firm's largest-ever individual check  —  WeWork's founder is back with a billion-dollar venture.  —  WeWork's founder is going residential
Lily Hay Newman / Wired:
A “jailbreak” for John Deere tractors, helping farmers modify and repair them, highlights issues with securing farm equipment and the right-to-repair debate  —  A hacker has formulated an exploit that provides root access to two popular models of the company's farm equipment.
Bobby Kent / GameLuster:
Court docs in Brazil show Microsoft sold approximately 58.5M Xbox One units in total, or half of the PS4's 117.2M sales; Microsoft has long hidden sales figures  —  A high-profile case is ongoing in Brazil, as Microsoft attempts to defend its Activision Blizzard acquisition from CADE, the Brazilian competition authority.
Emma Roth / The Verge:
Uber plans to end its free loyalty program Uber Rewards on November 1, 2022, to focus on its new Uber One membership program for $10 per month or $100 per year  —  You have until October 31st to spend your leftover Uber Rewards points  —  Uber is ending its free loyalty program, Uber Rewards …
Bloomberg:
Analysis: Google Maps in the US regularly misleads people looking for abortion providers, instead pointing them towards non-medical crisis pregnancy centers  —  Chey was a 19-year-old college sophomore living near Orlando, Florida, when she discovered she was pregnant and decided to have an abortion.
Wall Street Journal:
The US' $42.5B broadband budget for underserved areas is withheld until the FCC makes new service maps, which aren't expected by rural providers until late 2023  —  The $42 billion broadband plan is slowed by lack of accurate maps showing gaps in service  —  WASHINGTON—The government's …

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