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.
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 …
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.
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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