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August 25, 2022, 7:25 PM

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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 ~6% to 21%, 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.
Twitter:
Twitter rolls out a redesigned Spaces Tab with podcasts integrated, to a group of English-speaking users globally on iOS and Android  —  Twitter helps people connect with unique and compelling voices around the world.  With podcasts, we're taking that connection to a whole new level.
Jonathan Vanian / CNBC:
Hannah Miller / Bloomberg:
FTX Ventures absorbed the VC operations of Alameda Research; no money changed hands and the transition began in January 2022 when FTX Ventures raised $2B  —  Crypto exchange FTX absorbed the venture capital operations of Alameda Research, an effort to consolidate parts of billionaire Sam …
Hannah Miller / Bloomberg:
Kyle Wiggers / TechCrunch:
Heroku plans to stop offering free plans and shut down free services on November 28 and begin deleting inactive accounts on October 26, due to “fraud and abuse”  —  After offering them for over a decade, Heroku today announced that it will eliminate all of its free services — pushing users to paid plans.
Kurt Wagner / Bloomberg:
Following Oversight Board feedback, Meta is building a customer service division to help users of its apps who have had posts or accounts removed unexpectedly  —  Facebook parent company Meta Platforms Inc. is building a customer-service division to help users of its social networks who have had posts or accounts removed unexpectedly.
Steven Zeitchik / Washington Post:
Despite splashy ad campaigns by crypto companies, Pew surveys of US adults show 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 …
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Instagram defaults new users under 16 to its most restrictive content setting, will prompt existing teen users to pick the setting, and adds a settings check-up  —  In December, just ahead of Instagram head Adam Mosseri's testimony before the U.S. Senate over the impacts of its app on teen users …
Aisha Malik / TechCrunch:
Google plans to add clear labels to Search and Maps listings for facilities providing abortions, after a group of US lawmakers urged it to fix abortion searches  —  Google will start adding clear labels to Search and Map listings for healthcare facilities that provide abortions.
Amrith Ramkumar / Wall Street Journal:
Atlanta-based Bitcoin Depot, which operates over 7,000 bitcoin ATMs across the US and Canada, plans to go public via a SPAC merger at an ~$885M valuation  —  Investor appetite for bitcoin ATMs to be tested as the cryptocurrency and SPAC markets slump  —  Here's Why Crypto Might Not Be Dead
Carly Page / TechCrunch:
Group-IB details hacking group 0ktapus, responsible for the recent breaches of Twilio and 130+ organizations that netted close to 10K employees' credentials  —  The hackers that breached Twilio earlier this month also compromised over 130 organizations during their hacking spree that netted the credentials of close to 10,000 employees.
Jon Fingas / Engadget:
HP announces two PCs, the 13.5-inch Dragonfly Folio G3, starting at $2,379, and the 34-inch All in One, starting at $2,119, alongside a webcam and a 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.
Washington Post:
At a hearing seeking more bot data from Twitter, Elon Musk's lawyers cite whistleblower Peiter Zatko's claims; Twitter says spam counts are merely an estimate  —  The hearing concerned the ability of Musk's team to demand information about Twitter's internal practices and data
CNN:
Reuters:
Baidu reveals its first quantum computer, Qianshi, which has a 10-qubit processor and is ready for public use, and says it has developed a 36-qubit quantum chip  —  Chinese search engine giant Baidu Inc revealed its first quantum computer on Thursday and is ready to make it available to external users …

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