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September 29, 2022, 7:30 PM

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The Verge:
Google plans to shut down Stadia on January 18, 2023, and will refund hardware, software, and DLC purchases; members of the Stadia team will be reassigned  —  Google is shutting down Stadia, its cloud gaming service.  The service will remain live for players until January 18th, 2023.
Kurt Wagner / Bloomberg:
Source: Mark Zuckerberg told staff in a weekly Q&A that Meta will freeze hiring, restructure some teams, and cut budgets across most teams, citing the economy  —  Meta Platforms Inc., the owner of Facebook and Instagram, said it will freeze hiring and restructure some teams in an effort to cut costs and shift priorities.
Mark Gurman / Bloomberg:
Apple VP of Procurement Tony Blevins is leaving, sources say after joking in a viral, September 5 TikTok video that he fondles “big-breasted women” for a living  —  One of Apple Inc.'s most senior executives is leaving after he turned up in a viral video on TikTok making …
James Vincent / The Verge:
Meta details its text-to-video AI generator, Make-A-Video, which can produce up to five-second videos without audio; Meta is not giving access to the AI model  —  AI text-to-image generators have been making headlines in recent months, but researchers are already moving on to the next frontier: AI text-to-video generators.
Mitchell Clark / The Verge:
Twitter plans to add a TikTok-like full-screen video scrolling UI for English-speaking users on iOS, and a video carousel to the Explore tab on iOS and Android  —  Twitter is joining the bandwagon of social media companies copying TikTok's everlasting scroll of videos.
Reuters:
An investigation shows the CIA failed to secure its messaging system used by Iranian spies, 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.
Karissa Bell / Engadget:
Meta confirms taking “enforcement actions” against The OG App, which offers ad-free Instagram feeds, as developer UN1feed says 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 …
Sami Fathi / MacRumors:
An Apple support document and a compliance page reference an “iPhone 14 Max”, suggesting Apple changed the name to iPhone 14 Plus at the last moment  —  Newly discovered references to the iPhone 14 Plus as “iPhone 14 Max” on Apple's website suggest this was the name originally intended …
Morgan Meaker / Wired:
Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet:
Microsoft plans to end support for SwiftKey on iOS and delist the app from the App Store on October 5; Microsoft will continue to support SwiftKey for Android  —  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.
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 …
Rashi Shrivastava / Forbes:
An investigation shows how self-publishing platform Wattpad's lack of moderation, age verification, and safety features helps sexual predators exploit teens  —  For many teenagers, the reading and writing platform is a creative and educational outlet.  But a Forbes investigation found …
Eli Tan / CoinDesk:
Meta opens NFT sharing to Facebook users in the US and to all Instagram users in 100 countries, including the US, where digital collectibles are available  —  Users in the U.S. can now connect their crypto wallets to Instagram as part of the app's new digital collectible feature, which the tech giant has been testing since May.
Clothilde Goujard / Politico:
Doreen Bogdan-Martin, the US candidate for secretary general of the UN's International Telecommunications Union, beats Russia's candidate 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.
Bill Toulas / BleepingComputer:
Brave says it will hide and block cookie consent notifications with an approach “more privacy-preserving” than similar systems used in other browsers  —  The Brave browser will soon allows users to block annoying and potentially privacy-harming cookie consent banners on all websites they visit.

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