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October 13, 2022, 6:50 AM

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Sergiu Gatlan / BleepingComputer:
Signal plans to phase out SMS and MMS support from its Android app; users have “several months to transition away from SMS” and export messages to another app  —  Signal says it will start to phase out SMS and MMS message support from its Android app to streamline the user experience and prioritize security and privacy.
Adi Robertson / The Verge:
Mark Zuckerberg's belief in an “open, interoperable metaverse” stands at odds with his vision being built on corporate partnerships and case-by-case permissions  —  Mark Zuckerberg wants to own the future of computing — but not alone.  That's the intended takeaway from this year's Meta …
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Microsoft plans to sunset its Microsoft Office branding after more than 30 years, rebranding the apps to Microsoft 365; new logos will roll out in January 2023  —  Microsoft is making a major change to its Microsoft Office branding.  After more than 30 years, Microsoft Office is being renamed …
@bitech:
[Thread] A tech startup founder describes how he made ~$200K in 2021 by ghostwriting tweets for venture capitalists, as a side hustle for five hours per week  —  👻 Ghostwriting tweets for venture capitalists is the side hustle of the founder of a tech startup (who asked to remain anonymous). Last year he made about $200,000. Here's how he did it, as told to Insider's @Schwartzesque. 👇 https://www.businessinsider.com/ ...
Wall Street Journal:
Sources: US chip equipment suppliers are pausing business activities and pulling out staff based at China's YMTC, following US curbs on China's chip sector  —  Tool makers are pulling out staff and pausing work as they assess the impact of Commerce Department restrictions on semiconductor exports to China
Mark Gurman / Bloomberg:
Sources: Apple told unionized store staff in Maryland that they won't get its new benefits and would need to negotiate via the collective bargaining arrangement  —  Apple Inc. is withholding its latest employee benefits from staff who work at its sole unionized retail store …
Sara Fischer / Axios:
Sources: Google approved Truth Social in the Google Play Store after the app updated its content moderation policies in response to being denied in August 2022  —  Google has approved Donald Trump's Twitter-like social media app Truth Social for distribution in the Google Play Store, Axios has learned.
Jennifer Pattison Tuohy / The Verge:
Samsung announces an expanded Google partnership to let Galaxy phone and tablet users onboard Matter-compatible devices to SmartThings and Google Home systems  —  Ahead of its annual developer conference, Samsung has revealed details about how Matter smart home devices will work on its Samsung Galaxy phones and tablets.
Wall Street Journal:
Sources: ByteDance plans to expand its Resso music streaming service globally, starting with over a dozen markets excluding the US, and integrate it into TikTok  —  Company is negotiating with labels as it seeks more than a dozen new global markets  —  BeReal vs. TikTok: Can ‘Authentic’ Social Media Compete Without Ads?
Ivan Levingston / Bloomberg:
Dream Security, a cybersecurity startup co-founded by former NSO Group CEO Shalev Hulio with a focus on protecting critical infrastructure, has raised $20M  —  The former chief executive officer of Israeli spyware company NSO Group, Shalev Hulio, has joined with ex-Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz …
Edward Graham / Nextgov:
Trellix report: phishing emails targeting county election workers surged in battleground states Arizona and Pennsylvania ahead of their 2022 primary elections  —  Research conducted by cybersecurity firm Trellix found that county election workers in Arizona and Pennsylvania saw an increase …
Source: TrellixMore: The Register
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Microsoft debuts the Surface Pro 9, combining the Pro X and Pro lines, available on October 25 for $1,000+ with Intel's 12th Gen CPUs or $1,300+ with an ARM SQ3  —  Microsoft is combining its Surface Pro X and Surface Pro lines into a single product this year, the Surface Pro 9.
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Julian Chokkattu / Wired:
Google Pixel Watch review: beautiful, comfortable, bright but cramped screen, lackluster battery life, slow charging, few apps, and no auto workout tracking  —  I'm late.  I'm late.  For a very important date.  That's effectively the Google Pixel Watch's mantra.

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