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September 29, 2022, 9:20 AM

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Karissa Bell / Engadget:
Meta confirms taking “enforcement actions” against The OG App, which offers an ad-free Instagram feed, as developers UN1feed say Apple removed the App Store app  —  A third-party Instagram app, called “The OG App,” which promised an ad-free feed more like the original Instagram experience …
Aisha Malik / TechCrunch:
Google announces new Maps features, including the ability to visually soar over some areas, 250 more landmark views, enriched neighborhood info, and AR search  —  Google is gearing up to launch several new updates for Maps in the coming months, the company announced today at its Search On event.
Bloomberg:
Reuters:
An investigation shows the CIA's failure to secure its messaging system for Iranian assets, often hidden within websites, leading to capture, torture, and death  —  The spy was minutes from leaving Iran when he was nabbed.  —  Gholamreza Hosseini was at Imam Khomeini Airport in Tehran in late 2010, preparing for a flight to Bangkok.
Barbara Ortutay / Associated Press:
Amnesty International: Meta's algorithms “proactively amplified and promoted content” on Facebook that incited violent hatred against the Rohingya in Myanmar  —  With roosters crowing in the background as he speaks from the crowded refugee camp in Bangladesh that's been his home since 2017 …
Clothilde Goujard / Politico:
Doreen Bogdan-Martin, the US candidate to lead the UN's International Telecommunication Union, which sets global tech rules, beats Russia's by 139 to 25 votes  —  BUCHAREST — A top U.S. official won a massive majority to lead the United Nations agency that sets global standards for telecoms and tech infrastructure.
Samantha Cole / VICE:
Meta permanently bans Pornhub's Instagram account for “repeatedly violating” its policies, after a three-week suspension and ToS breaches accruing over 10 years  —  Pornhub claims its account was “fully PG,” and cites the uneven treatment of mainstream celebrities like Kim Kardashian …
Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet:
Microsoft plans to end support for SwiftKey on iOS and delist it from the App Store on October 5; SwiftKey on Android will continue to be supported  —  Questions about what's going on with Microsoft's support of the predictive SwifKey keyboard app for iOS have been bubbling up over the past few weeks.
Dan Goodin / Ars Technica:
Researchers detail Chaos, a new cross-platform malware that infected a wide range of Linux and Windows devices, including routers, FreeBSD boxes, and servers  —  Small office routers?  FreeBSD machines?  Enterprise servers?  Chaos infects them all.  —  Researchers have revealed a never …
Spencer Soper / Bloomberg:
Amazon encourages some customer service staff to work from home, sources say to cut real estate costs; source: Amazon plans to close multiple US call centers  —  Amazon.com Inc. is encouraging customer service employees at some US call centers to work from home, signaling the company's preference …
Bloomberg:
Sources: SoftBank begins laying off Vision Fund employees, with cuts expected to impact over 150 people, or 30%+ of its staff, following massive losses  —  SoftBank Group Corp. has started laying off employees at its loss-making Vision Fund and is expected to cut at least 30% of its staff, according to people familiar with the matter.
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Bloomberg:
Jakarta-based Traveloka, Southeast Asia's largest online travel startup, raised $300M from BlackRock and others; Traveloka was valued at $3B in 2020  —  Traveloka has secured $300 million in new financing from investors including BlackRock Inc., as Southeast Asia's biggest online travel startup counts …
Krisztian Sandor / CoinDesk:
Block's bitcoin-focused TBD subsidiary partners with Circle to build infrastructure for cross-border, dollar-linked stablecoin transfers and savings  —  The partnership aims to improve people's access to dollar-linked stablecoins in countries with rapidly devaluing currencies.

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