July 25, 2023, 4:02 AM

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Washington Post:
Researchers find, in a two-day test across top Mastodon instances, 600+ pieces of known or suspected CSAM and ~2,000 posts with the top 20 CSAM-related hashtags  —  Happy Monday!  Send news tips and summer podcast recommendations to:
Kim Zetter / Wired:
Researchers find flaws, likely backdoors, in encryption algorithms from the TETRA standard used in radios commonly deployed by police and military orgs globally  —  A secret encryption cipher baked into radio systems used by critical infrastructure workers, police, and others around the world is finally seeing sunlight.
Ron Amadeo / Ars Technica:
A Web Integrity API standard proposal from Google employees aims to help enforce IP rights, count ad views, and limit bots, but is a nightmare for the open web  —  It's just a “proposal,” but it's also being prototyped inside Chrome right now.  —  Google's newest proposed web standard is... DRM?
Aisha Malik / TechCrunch:
TikTok rolls out support for text posts, available via the app's Camera page and letting users add sounds, locations, stickers, and more  —  As Twitter shoots itself in the foot with a rebrand this morning, TikTok has announced that it's rolling out support for text posts.
Casey Newton / Platformer:
Elon Musk's rebranding of Twitter to X shows his takeover is best understood not as a money-making endeavor, but as an extended act of cultural vandalism  —  RIP Twitter (2007-2023)  —  On Monday afternoon, a crane rolled up to Twitter's headquarters on Market Street.
Ivan Mehta / TechCrunch:
Twitter rolls out its updated “interim” X logo, replacing the iconic bird, following Elon Musk's weekend announcement; now redirects to  —  Twitter has removed the iconic bird logo and adopted ‘X’ as its official logo.  This move comes after Elon Musk announced the change over the weekend.
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Andrew Hudson / Ars Technica:
An in-depth look at mainframe computers, their 50+ year history, and the IBM mainframe, a business mainstay that represents most of the estimated 10,000 in use  —  In this deep-dive explainer, we look at a big-business mainstay.  —  Mainframe computers are often seen as ancient machines—practically dinosaurs.
Jon Porter / The Verge:
Spotify confirms raising US Premium to $10.99/month, up from $9.99, the first increase since its US launch in 2011; Duo rises by $2, Family and Student by $1  —  After 12 years, the price of Spotify Premium is increasing in the US.  The subscription will now cost $10.99 a month, the company announced today.
Vitalik Buterin:
A deep dive on “proof of personhood”, achieved via biometric or social-graph-based systems alongside public keys, related privacy issues, and Worldcoin's plans  —  Special thanks to the Worldcoin team, the Proof of Humanity community and Andrew Miller for discussion.
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Thomas Seal / Bloomberg:
The UK plans to force social media and ad platforms like Google Ads to stop scam ads including fake celebrity endorsements and pop-ups with malware  —  - Ad-tech will be forced to crack down on scam advertisements  — Measures are intended to complement the Online Safety Bill
Justin Hendrix / Tech Policy Press:
Q&A with Justine Bateman, a member of the DGA, the WGA, and SAG-AFTRA, on how AI may change the industry, the importance of the timing of the strike, and more  —  Audio of this conversation is available via your favorite podcast service.  —  Artificial intelligence will likely impact every type of job.

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