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September 23, 2022, 1:20 AM

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Nelson Wang / CoinDesk:
The CFTC has fined the blockchain protocol bZeroX team $250K and filed an action against its successor Ooki Dao for offering illegal off-exchange crypto trading  —  The commission said bZeroX offered illegal, off-exchange trading of digital assets, and has also filed a civil action against the Ooki Dao.
Juli Clover / MacRumors:
Apple releases iOS 16.0.2 to fix repeated copy and paste prompts, a bug that caused cameras in iPhone 14 Pro models to shake in some third-party apps, and more  —  Apple today released iOS 16..2, addressing a number of bugs that iPhone 14 owners have been experiencing since …
Chris Welch / The Verge:
Apple AirPods Pro (second-gen) review: improved ANC, sound quality, and clarity, but same old design, a Lightning connector, and no major new software features  —  Redesigned inside but not out, the new AirPods Pro are destined to be another hit — even if the magic is waning
Max Chafkin / Bloomberg:
A look at the quiet success of AirPods, of which Apple sold an estimated ~120M pairs in 2021, showing how big a business its upcoming niche VR headset could be  —  Sometime next year, Tim Cook will appear before the Apple Inc. faithful and unveil the company's next major computing platform …
Dhruv Mehrotra / Wired:
A look at anti-pornography “accountability apps” used by churches and parents; two apps exploited Android's accessibility permissions to track users' every move  —  Churches are using invasive phone-monitoring tech to discourage “sinful” behavior.  Some software is seeing more than congregants realize.
TechCrunch:
Twitter informs some users that due to a bug, the company didn't close all of their active logged-in sessions on Android and iOS after their password was reset  —  Weeks after Twitter's ex-security chief accused the company of cybersecurity mismanagement, Twitter has now informed its users …
Bloomberg:
Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella says he's confident regulators will approve the company's $69B Activision Blizzard purchase, citing several recent Sony acquisitions  —  Microsoft Corp. Chief Executive Officer Satya Nadella said he's confident the company can gain regulatory approval …
New York Times:
An investigation based on nearly 160K Roskomnadzor documents details Russia's expansive surveillance and censorship apparatus, which helps Putin maintain power  —  Four days into the war in Ukraine, Russia's expansive surveillance and censorship apparatus was already hard at work.
Russell Brandom / The Verge:
Instagram, and now TikTok, have fallen afoul of the “Bootleg Ratio”, as clout-chasing accounts overtake content created by users specifically for each platform  —  TikTok is changing. … That stuff is still on the platform, but it's largely fallen off my For You page …
Naomi Nix / Washington Post:
Some civil rights groups say they have seen little action from Meta, Twitter, TikTok, and YouTube to bolster election policies ahead of the 2022 US midterms  —  For months, civil rights groups have unsuccessfully pleaded with Big Tech companies to bolster their election policies
Gina Chon / Semafor Media:
Nick Clegg says Meta could lift its ban on Donald Trump's Facebook and Instagram accounts in January 2023, when his suspension expires, after consulting experts  —  Former President Donald Trump could be allowed back on Facebook once a suspension of his account expires in 2023 …
Deeksha Bhardwaj / Hindustan Times:
India proposes a legal framework to regulate over-the-top communications services, including encrypted apps like WhatsApp and Signal, and intercept messages  —  The bill, if implemented in its current form, will have reaching ramification for the industry that is based on the premise of privacy and security of encrypted messages
Rick Porter / The Hollywood Reporter:
Nielsen says Amazon Prime Video's first Thursday Night Football game averaged 13.03M viewers; Amazon claimed 15.3M viewers after guaranteeing advertisers 12.5M  —  Nielsen says 13 million viewers watched the Sept. 15 contest on Prime Video and local over-the-air affiliates.

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