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August 25, 2022, 10:05 AM

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Cat Zakrzewski / Washington Post:
Peiter Zatko will testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee on September 13 to examine his allegations of widespread security failures at Twitter  —  Peiter Zatko will appear before the Senate Judiciary Committee next month pursuant to a subpoena  —  Twitter whistleblower Peiter Zatko …
CNN:
At an all-hands, Twitter's executives pushed back against Peiter Zatko's complaint, with CEO Parag Agrawal saying a “false narrative” has been created  —  Twitter whistleblower alleges the company has reckless and negligent cybersecurity policies that pose a national security risk
Washington Post:
At a hearing seeking more data on bots from Twitter, Elon Musk's lawyers cite whistleblower Peiter Zatko's claims; Twitter says spam counts are merely estimates  —  The hearing concerned the ability of Musk's team to demand information about Twitter's internal practices and data
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Tom Warren / The Verge:
Sony raises the PS5's price in the UK, Europe, Japan, China, Australia, Mexico, and Canada by as much as 10%, citing rising inflation; the US price is unchanged  —  It blames global economic challenges for the change  —  Sony is increasing its PS5 prices in the UK, Europe, Japan, China, Australia, Mexico, and Canada.
Todd Bishop / GeekWire:
Internal memo: Amazon will stop offering Amazon Care at the end of 2022, after determining that it wasn't “the right long-term solution” for enterprise clients  —  Amazon will stop offering its Amazon Care primary health-care services at the end of this year, according to an internal memo …
Hannah Miller / Bloomberg:
FTX's Alameda Research co-CEO Sam Trabucco steps down, saying he has chosen “to prioritize other things”; co-CEO Caroline Ellison will run the trading affiliate  —  Alameda Research Co-Chief Executive Officer Sam Trabucco is stepping down, saying he's chosen “to prioritize other things” …
Kif Leswing / CNBC:
Apple announces an event on September 7 at 10am PT, called “Far Out”, where it is expected to announce the iPhone 14 lineup, Watch Series 8, and more  —  - The launch will be streamed on Apple's website and YouTube.  — Apple is expected to release four new iPhone models that will likely be called the iPhone 14.
Steven Zeitchik / Washington Post:
Despite huge ad campaigns by crypto companies, a Pew survey of US adults shows those trading crypto has stayed flat at 16% from September 2021 to July 2022  —  The majority of Americans remain immune to the industry's sales pitches, Pew survey finds  —  Over the past year, crypto companies like FTX …
Jon Fingas / Engadget:
HP announces two PCs, the 13.5-inch Dragonfly Folio G3, starting at $2,379, and 34-inch All in One, starting at $2,119, alongside a webcam and 4K display  —  HP's work PCs typically focus more on performance than clever features, but you can't accuse it of playing it safe this time around.
Issie Lapowsky / Protocol:
Pinterest confirms it is facing a probe by California's Civil Rights Department, which has contacted Ifeoma Ozoma and other former staff as possible witnesses  —  Pinterest is under investigation by California's Civil Rights Department, and whistleblower and former Pinterest employee Ifeoma Ozoma …
Bloomberg:
Microsoft's Phil Spencer says he's encouraged by progress toward Activision Blizzard deal approval and believes exclusive games made for one platform are fading  —  Microsoft Corp.'s Phil Spencer, chief executive officer of gaming, said he's encouraged by the progress made in discussions …
Kif Leswing / CNBC:
Nvidia reports Q2 revenue up 3% YoY to $6.7B vs. $8.1B est., gaming department revenue down 33% YoY to $2.04B, and Q3 revenue guidance of $5.9B, vs. $6.95B est.  —  - Nvidia reported second quarter earnings that missed Wall Street expectations for revenue and earnings per share.
Coco Feng / South China Morning Post:
ByteDance quietly launches its Wukong search engine in China, promising no ads in its results, days after Tencent shut down its Sogou search app  —  ByteDance , owner of the hit short video app TikTok , has quietly launched a new search engine that promises no advertisements in a cyberspace …
Kharishar Kahfi / The Block:
The Ethereum Foundation says it will begin the Merge on September 6, split into two parts, the second running between September 10-20  —  - The Bellatrix upgrade for The Merge is set for September 6, and Paris will follow several days later.  — Node operators must download clients updates before the Bellatrix upgrade is activated.

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