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September 23, 2022, 5:10 PM

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Jennifer Elias / CNBC:
Leaked audio: at a Google all-hands, Sundar Pichai expressed some annoyance at employees asking about cost cutting, telling them not to “equate fun with money”  —  - Google CEO Sundar Pichai spent much of this week's all-hands meeting addressing employee concerns about company cost-cutting measures.
Tripp Mickle / New York Times:
Apple signs a multiyear NFL deal to have Apple Music replace Pepsi as the main sponsor for the Super Bowl halftime show; sources say the NFL was seeking ~$50M  —  Apple's pursuit of an N.F.L. media package has broadened to include a sponsorship of one of TV's most-watched events.
Drew Harwell / Washington Post:
Ex-Twitter employee Anika Navaroli reveals she is the whistleblower who testified to the January 6 committee about the company's failure to curb Donald Trump  —  In an exclusive interview with The Washington Post, a former Twitter official explains what motivated her startling Jan. 6 committee testimony
William Gallagher / AppleInsider:
Report: some NFT startups say they are limiting functionality in iOS apps, as Apple insists that its 30% commission from IAP must be paid on all trades  —  Startup and trading NFT firms say they ignore the App Store because Apple's rules, and 30% commission, make it untenable for them.
Nicholas Quah / Vulture:
A look at the crowded podcast market, where competition has made almost everything in the business more difficult, and some say no one is taking creative risks  —  It's been ages since the last blockbuster narrative show.  What does that mean for the medium as an art form?
Nelson Wang / CoinDesk:
CFTC fines blockchain protocol bZeroX and its team $250K for illegal off-exchange digital asset trading and files a civil action against its successor, Ooki DAO  —  The commission said bZeroX offered illegal, off-exchange trading of digital assets, and has also filed a civil action against the Ooki Dao.
New York Times:
A look at Germany's hate speech laws, more restrictive than other Western countries, as 1,000+ have been charged or punished since 2018 for online speech crimes  —  Battling far-right extremism, Germany has gone further than any other Western democracy to prosecute individuals for what they say online …
Paul Sawers / TechCrunch:
London-based Hadean, which helps scale multiplayer games and other software requiring significant computing power, raised a $30M Series A led by Molten Ventures  —  Hadean, a U.K.-based distributed, spatial computing startup that's setting out to build the infrastructure for the burgeoning metaverse …
Alice Uribe / Wall Street Journal:
Optus, one of Australia's largest telecoms, says it was breached and hackers could have accessed the data of up to 9.8M customers; the police are investigating  —  Australian telecoms company says mass breach could have exposed birth dates, phone numbers and other personal data

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