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October 20, 2022, 4:05 PM

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Adam James / The Block:
DeFi proponents criticize Sam Bankman-Fried for a regulatory proposal suggesting websites facilitating trading on decentralized exchanges should be regulated  —  - Various individuals in the blockchain and cryptocurrency industry are lambasting Sam Bankman-Fried after the FTX CEO shared …
Tim Hakki / Decrypt:
CoinGecko: the Aptos token fell 40.5% on its first day of trading; Aptos' Layer 1 blockchain was panned for opaque tokenomics and a low transaction throughput  —  The price of Aptos has crashed more than 40% a day after launch as investors remain wary of the network's widely-panned mainnet rollout.
Kyle Alspach / Protocol:
Microsoft confirms some customer data was exposed due to a server configuration error but says SOCRadar exaggerated by claiming 65K+ companies were affected  —  Microsoft said Wednesday that an unspecified amount of customer data, including contact info and email content …
Miles Kruppa / Wall Street Journal:
Texas' AG sues Google for allegedly using Photos, Assistant, and Nest features to collect facial- and voice-recognition data without seeking users' full consent  —  State alleges tech giant didn't obtain user consent for biometric-data use  —  The Texas attorney general sued Alphabet Inc …
Thomas Germain / Gizmodo:
Google now lets users disable targeted ads without breaking useful features by having to turn off settings like Web & App Activity and YouTube History  —  In a major fix, Google's own privacy settings will no longer disable crucial features of its apps.  —  Alerts
Gavin Bonshor / AnandTech:
Forbes:
Sources: senior Stripe executives asked managers to restart giving lower ratings on performance reviews to 10% to 15% of staff, to prune the company's workforce  —  As the economy slows, more tech companies have been showing employees the door.  Now some senior leaders at Silicon Valley fintech giant Stripe …
Ron Amadeo / Ars Technica:
iFixit's Google Pixel Watch teardown: the backplate can be replaced as can the display, after removing the battery; the buttons and crown don't seem replaceable  —  iFixit shows exactly how difficult it'll be to fix those cracked displays.  —  What secrets does the inside of the Pixel Watch hold? …
Meta:
Meta adds Reels to Facebook Groups, and says that most Facebook users are members of at least 15 active groups and there are 100M+ “group joins” every day  —  Takeaways  — We're adding more options for people to connect over shared interests, including Reels in Facebook Groups and updates to your Group profile.
Abner Li / 9to5Google:
Nilay Patel / The Verge:
An interview with Signal president Meredith Whittaker on competition, RCS, government pressure to break encryption, what it's like to hire a new CEO, and more  —  Signal messages are more private than iMessage and WhatsApp.  Here's how.  —  Meredith Whittaker is the president of Signal …

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