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September 22, 2022, 8:50 AM

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Sergiu Gatlan / BleepingComputer:
Take-Two Interactive's 2K, the publisher of Bioshock, Xcom, and popular sports games, says a hacker accessed its help desk and sent customers links to malware  —  American video game publisher 2K has confirmed that its help desk platform was hacked and used to target customers …
Sheena Vasani / The Verge:
Instagram is working on a feature to protect users from receiving unsolicited nude photos in their DMs; Meta says the tech won't let the company view the photos  —  Instagram is working on a way to protect users from receiving unsolicited nude photos in their DMs.
New York Times:
An investigation, based on ~160K documents from Roskomnadzor, details Russia's vast surveillance and censorship apparatus, which helps Putin maintain his regime  —  Four days into the war in Ukraine, Russia's expansive surveillance and censorship apparatus was already hard at work.
Ryan Browne / CNBC:
UK media regulator Ofcom plans to investigate the cloud computing, personal messaging, and smart device markets over competition concerns  —  - Ofcom, the U.K. media watchdog, is set to launch a study examining the role of Amazon, Microsoft and Google in the cloud services market.
Margi Murphy / Bloomberg:
Microsoft President Brad Smith says the company can't “use what others might consider censorship as a tactic” regarding labeling content that seems to be false  —  Microsoft Corp. won't label social media posts that appear to be false in order to avoid the appearance that the company …
Jeff John Roberts / Fortune:
Kraken CEO Jesse Powell plans to step down and Chief Operating Officer Dave Ripley will succeed him in the coming months; Powell will stay on as chairman  —  Jesse Powell, the CEO of Kraken, is stepping down from the top job at the cryptocurrency exchange he founded in 2011.
Wall Street Journal:
Sources: to cut costs by 10%+ in a few months, Meta is nudging out staff by reorganizing departments and giving them a limited window to apply for other roles  —  Facebook parent is looking to reduce costs by at least 10%, people familiar with the plans said, while Google has required some employees to apply for new jobs
Sam Biddle / The Intercept:
Meta-commissioned report from BSR details censorship and allegations of “unintentional bias” against Palestinians during violence by Israeli forces in May 2021  —  Facebook and Instagram's speech policies harmed fundamental human rights of Palestinian users during a conflagration …
Ionut Ilascu / BleepingComputer:
A Python directory traversal vulnerability disclosed in August 2007, but never patched, likely affects 350K+ open-source projects and can lead to code execution  —  A vulnerability in the Python programming language that has been overlooked for 15 years is now back in the spotlight …
NetBlocks:
Amid protests, Iran restricts access to WhatsApp and Instagram across major ISPs; Instagram had been one of the few remaining social networks in Iran  —  Network data from NetBlocks confirm a near-total disruption disruption to internet service in parts of Kurdistan province in west Iran from the evening of Monday 19 September 2022.
Ashley Capoot / CNBC:
Larry Page's flying car startup Kittyhawk says it will “wind down” and is “working on the details of what's next”; Kittyhawk was founded as Zee.Aero in 2010  —  - Google co-founder Larry Page's flying car startup Kittyhawk is winding down, the company announced.
Moneycontrol:
WhatsApp confirms Manesh Mahatme, who led its Indian payments business, has stepped down after 18 months; a source says Mahatme plans to rejoin Amazon  —  Mahatme's resignation comes at a time when WhatsApp's mobile payments business has failed to take off in a significant fashion in India
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Matthew Boyle / Bloomberg:
Disney, P&G, LVMH, and other large companies have hired chief metaverse officers, seeking to capitalize on Web3, but questions remain about their usefulness  —  Advertising giant Publicis Groupe SA introduced the newest member of its C-suite at a technology conference in Paris this year.
Dave Michaels / Wall Street Journal:
The FTC says Jeff Bezos and Andy Jassy cannot avoid testifying in an ongoing investigation into Prime membership, after Amazon pushed back against the probe  —  Commissioners deny company's request to quash subpoenas and pare back investigation  —  Amazon vs. Walmart: How the Giants Look to Each Other to Best Each Other
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Tom Warren / The Verge:
Logitech announces the $350 G Cloud Gaming Handheld with Android, a 7" display, Snapdragon 720G, and Xbox and GeForce Now cloud gaming, arriving on October 17  —  Logitech is officially announcing its G Cloud Gaming Handheld today after a teaser and a leak last month.

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