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September 7, 2022, 9:15 AM

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Casey Newton / Platformer:
Cloudflare belatedly banning Kiwi Farms demonstrates the “stochastic terrorism loophole”, offering groups cover as long as no one explicitly calls for murder  —  On platforms and the stochastic terrorism loophole  —  I.  —  Kiwi Farms is a nearly 10-year-old web forum …
Abner Li / 9to5Google:
Google announces an in-person Pixel hardware event for October 6 at 10am ET in Brooklyn, where the company will detail the Pixel 7, Pixel 7 Pro, and Pixel Watch  —  Google this morning announced that it will be hosting its Pixel hardware event on Thursday, October 6.
Neirin Gray Desai / Rest of World:
How Minecraft's ban on NFTs impacted the play-to-earn Critterz NFT community, some of whom bought in for thousands of dollars and earned hundreds per month  —  Kids in the Philippines were earning hundreds of dollars from a play-to-earn Minecraft game, until new rules sent the community into a tailspin.
Sylvia Varnham O'Regan / The Information:
Internal memo: Meta plans to eliminate Instagram's Shopping page and test a simpler and less personalized version known as Tab Lite over the next few months  —  Instagram is planning to drastically scale back its shopping features, the company told Instagram staffers on Tuesday …
Maxwell Strachan / VICE:
As gambling becomes legitimized across the US, a look at the rise of gambling on smartphones, leading some to financial catastrophe and addiction  —  Financial catastrophe is now only a few clicks away, a problem that is showing quiet signs of becoming a crisis.  “I can't just get rid of my phone,” one problem gambler says.
Bloomberg:
US Senator Amy Klobuchar, the AICO's primary sponsor, says an “incredible onslaught of money” to fund ads against the bill has been an obstacle to passing it  —  An “incredible onslaught of money” against a landmark bill meant to rein in the power of the biggest US technology companies …
Ivan Mehta / TechCrunch:
Twitter says users can edit tweets up to five times in 30 minutes and Twitter Blue subscribers in New Zealand will get the feature first  —  Twitter announced a much-anticipated feature last week — the ability to edit tweets.  The company said that once the feature is available users …
Bloomberg:
Twitter tells Judge McCormick that Peiter Zatko never raised spam concerns until he filed his whistleblower complaint and “started parroting” Musk's allegations  —  A lawyer for Twitter Inc. said a whistle-blower who claims the company responded inadequately to spam and bot accounts …
Kevin T. Dugan / New York Magazine:
Associated Press:
Albania cuts diplomatic ties with Iran and expels embassy staff over a major cyberattack in July 2022, which shut down numerous government digital services  —  Albania cut diplomatic ties with Iran and expelled the country's embassy staff over a major cyberattack nearly two months ago …
Tripp Mickle / New York Times:
Sources: amid lockdowns, Chinese staff and suppliers provided more complex work for the iPhone 14 than past models even as Apple tries to cut reliance on China  —  Apple is taking small steps toward India.  But the production of its latest phone, set for introduction on Wednesday, shows how difficult it will be to make big changes.
Bloomberg:
In a Code Conference interview, Sundar Pichai says Google is “pro-competitive”, citing Microsoft, Apple, and TikTok as examples in different businesses  —  Sundar Pichai, chief executive officer of Google parent Alphabet Inc., defended the internet-search giant against claims …
Ian Hamilton / UploadVR:
Meta announces its Connect conference will be held virtually on October 11, when it is expected to debut its high-end Quest Pro standalone VR headset  —  Meta Connect is on for October 11th, 2022 as a one-day virtual event with announcements outlining the company's next steps in VR and AR.
Carly Page / TechCrunch:
The Los Angeles Unified School District, the second largest in the US with 600,000+ students, says a ransomware attack over the weekend disrupted its operations  —  The Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) has confirmed it was hit by a ransomware attack that is causing ongoing technical disruptions.
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
New York-based Carbyne, which offers cloud-based tools for emergency services, raised a $56M Series C led by Cox Enterprises and Hanaco at a $400M valuation  —  Emergency services, long run on legacy platforms, are now getting a big boost of technology, and today one of the bigger players …

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