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August 18, 2022, 12:15 PM

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Michael Horowitz:
A researcher says iOS devices do not fully route all network traffic through VPNs, leading to data leaks; ProtonVPN first publicized the issue in March 2020  —  VPNs on iOS are broken.  At first, they appear to work fine.  The iOS device gets a new public IP address and new DNS servers.
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Nielsen: in July, for the first time, streaming had the largest share of US TV viewing at 34.8%; Netflix had an 8% share, followed by YouTube with 7.3%  —  Americans now watch more stuff on TV from streaming services than either broadcast or cable TV.  —  Streaming platforms, led by Netflix …
Yogita Khatri / The Block:
Tether partners with “top five” accountancy firm BDO Italia to issue monthly assurance and attestation reports of its reserves “very soon”  —  - Tether said it has partnered with BDO Italia to issue attestation reports of its reserves.  — The stablecoin issuer also aims to go through “a complete audit.”
Anna Gross / Financial Times:
Manish Singh / TechCrunch:
VideoLan, which develops VLC, says Indian telecom operators have been blocking its website since February 2022; India has 10% of VLC users worldwide  —  VideoLan, the developer of popular media player VLC, says Indian telecom operators have been blocking its website since February of this year …
Jess Weatherbed / The Verge:
Google plans to prioritize “content made specifically by and for people” in Search in English globally, covering shopping, tech-related content, and more  —  The first update starts rolling out on Monday  —  Google is making a series of updates to Search that aim to tackle clickbait …
Meghan Bobrowsky / Wall Street Journal:
Sources: Evan Spiegel told staff that Snap is stopping future development of its Pixy flying selfie camera as part of a broader reprioritization of resources  —  Move comes after Snap reported disappointing earnings and less than four months after the drone was launched
Paul Tassi / Forbes:
After Mark Zuckerberg shared a screenshot from Horizon Worlds for an announcement, people criticize the graphics and Meta's $10B investment in the metaverse  —  Mark Zuckerberg has once again been roasted on Twitter, not over barbecue sauce or surfing this time.
Mark Gurman / Bloomberg:
Netflix iOS app code suggests the ad-supported tier, arriving in early 2023, won't let users download shows for offline viewing or skip ads  —  Netflix Inc. isn't planning to let users of its new ad-supported tier download shows and movies to their devices for offline viewing …
Janko Roettgers / Protocol:
A look at Netflix's gaming initiative: experimenting with ways to surface games to subscribers, hiring for a cloud gaming service, acquiring studios, and more  —  Netflix's foray into gaming is dead on arrival — at least according to the latest headlines about the company's first few mobile games.
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Tom Warren / The Verge:
Microsoft is rolling out widget notifications on the Windows 11 taskbar, with live updates from widgets such as weather, finance, sports, and breaking news  —  The notifications include weather and stock alerts  —  Microsoft is rolling out a taskbar notification system to its Windows 11 widgets this week.
Andrew Cunningham / Ars Technica:
Apple releases iOS, iPadOS, and macOS updates to fix kernel and WebKit security flaws that allowed arbitrary code execution and were reportedly being exploited  —  Kernel and WebKit bugs can allow arbitrary code execution on Apple's devices.  —  Apple has released a trio of operating system updates …
Sisi Jiang / Kotaku:
Nintendo of America President Doug Bowser tells staff the company is “actively investigating” claims that female contractors were sexually harassed  —  Doug Bowser said he is 'aware of today's media coverage involving claims made about worker conduct'
Bloomberg:
An interview with Animoca Brands co-founder Yat Siu on the “crypto winter”, raising funds, breaking up Meta and Microsoft's “digital dictatorships”, and more  —  The so-called crypto winter has wiped out $2 trillion in digital currency market value since November, and many investors have gone into hibernation.

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