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September 13, 2022, 5:30 PM

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Washington Post:
A rundown of Twitter whistleblower Peiter “Mudge” Zatko's testimony before US Senate Judiciary Committee lawmakers  —  Twitter shareholders voted Tuesday to approve Elon Musk's $44 billion offer to acquire it, setting the world's richest man on a collision course with the social media company …
Ronan Farrow / New Yorker:
A look at the efforts by at least six research groups to find dirt on Twitter whistleblower Peiter Zatko, including offers to pay his former colleagues for info  —  Many of Peiter (Mudge) Zatko's former colleagues have received offers of payment for information about him.
David McCabe / New York Times:
In his Senate testimony, ex-head of Twitter security and whistleblower Peiter Zatko says the company was told of “at least one [Chinese] agent” on its payroll  —  At a congressional hearing, Peiter Zatko, Twitter's former head of security, told lawmakers that the company lied about its data practices.
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Adi Robertson / The Verge:
Twitter says that a preliminary count shows that shareholders have voted to approve Elon Musk's proposed $44B buyout  —  I'm convinced Tears of the Kingdom is going to feature time travel in a big way.The new trailer for the game is the second to seemingly show Link reversing an object through time.
Juli Clover / MacRumors:
iOS 16 has an option to remove Rapid Security Responses, security fixes that don't require a full iOS update and by default are installed automatically  —  Apple in iOS 16 added a new Rapid Security Response feature that's meant to make it quicker and easier for the company to deploy security improvements …
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Igor Bonifacic / Engadget:
Twitter rolls out its redesigned Spaces tab to Twitter Blue subscribers on iOS, which includes live and recorded Spaces, podcasts, and themed audio stations  —  Twitter has begun rolling out its redesigned Spaces tab.  Starting today, Twitter Blue members on iOS can check …
Amanda Silberling / TechCrunch:
Meta plans to test Discord-like “Community Chats” in Messenger and Facebook Groups, offering categories, audio and video channels, admin-only chats, and more  —  Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced this morning that “Community Chats” are coming to Messenger and Facebook Groups.
Luc Cohen / Reuters:
Nikhil Wahi, a brother of ex-Coinbase PM Ishan Wahi, pleads guilty to a wire fraud conspiracy charge, in the first insider trading case involving cryptocurrency  —  The brother of a former Coinbase Global Inc (COIN.O) product manager pleaded guilty on Monday to a wire fraud conspiracy charge …
Wall Street Journal:
Bob Iger, the CEO of Walt Disney from 2005 to 2020, joins VC firm Thrive Capital, founded by Joshua Kushner, as a venture partner to advise on day-to-day work  —  As a venture partner, Iger will identify new investments and mentor founders in day-to-day role  —  Netflix Hit a Subscriber Peak, Here's How It Plans to Keep Growing
Maria Gracia Santillana Linares / Forbes:
Doodles, an NFT profile picture maker, raised $54M at a $704M valuation from Alexis Ohanian's 776, FTX, and others, and plans to expand to music and gaming NFTs  —  Amid generally somber conditions in the non-fungible token (NFT) market, colorful-profile-picture maker Doodles raised $54 million …
Andrew Liszewski / Gizmodo:
Amazon updates its entry-level Kindle with USB-C, 16GB of storage as standard, a blue color option, and an improved 300ppi display, available for $100 with ads  —  Amazon's most basic Kindle still squeaks in at under $100, with some compromises.  —  Alerts
CNN:
Internal Twitter memo: extreme heat in California takes down its Sacramento data center region; another data center outage could mean downtime for some users  —  Extreme heat in California has left Twitter without one of its key data centers, and a company executive warned in an internal memo obtained …
Kyle Wiggers / TechCrunch:
Tel Aviv-based Zesty, which helps cut cloud costs by automatically scaling resources to demand, raised a $75M Series B led by B Capital and Sapphire Ventures  —  Spending on the cloud shows no signs of slowing down.  In the first quarter of 2021, corporate cloud services infrastructure investment increased …
Reuters:
A close look at Twitter's China business, one of its largest non-US revenue streams: local governments and state media buying ads, internal tensions, and more  —  Even as China bars 1.4 billion citizens from Twitter, its local authorities are splurging on global advertising on the site …
Dade Hayes / Deadline:
HBO and HBO Max won 37 awards at the 74th Emmy Awards, while Netflix won 26, Hulu eight, Apple TV+ seven, NBC seven, Disney+ six, and Amazon Prime Video six  —  The combined HBO and HBO Max surged past rival Netflix in this year's overall Emmys tally, winning a dozen prizes tonight for a total …

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