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July 28, 2023, 2:55 PM

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Filipe Espósito / 9to5Mac:
Apple plans to require developers to submit reasons to use certain APIs in their apps starting this fall, to prevent the misuse of those APIs for fingerprinting  —  The App Store review process is very strict to ensure that apps comply with Apple's guidelines.  And soon, this whole process will get even stricter.
Kevin Roose / New York Times:
Google launches RT-2 or Robotics Transformer 2, a “vision-language-action” model trained on text and images from the web that can output robotic actions  —  Our sneak peek into Google's new robotics model, RT-2, which melds artificial intelligence technology with robots.
Reuters:
At an internal town hall, Chris Cox said Meta is looking to add more “retention-driving hooks” to Threads, like showing Instagram users important Threads  —  Meta Platforms (META.O) executives are heavily focused on boosting retention on their new Twitter rival Threads …
Washington Post:
Twitter/X reinstates the account of a right-wing influencer with over 500K followers who posted child sex abuse imagery that drew over 3M views and 8K retweets  —  It's only the latest incident of banned imagery making its way onto the site since Musk bought it  —  CORRECTION
Gareth Jenkinson / Cointelegraph:
Crypto.com says it has received approval from the Netherlands' central bank to offer its services in the country, after a comprehensive review  —  The exchange received the green light from De Nederlandsche Bank to offer services in the country. … Join us on social networks
Mariella Moon / Engadget:
NASA plans to launch the free streaming service NASA+ later this year on the web, iOS, Android, and streaming media devices, with ad-free original content  —  The agency is also working on a consolidated web experience.  —  NASA is launching its very own streaming platform called NASA+ sometime this summer.
Bill Toulas / BleepingComputer:
Wiz researchers say two vulnerabilities in the OverlayFS filesystem module in Ubuntu may allow unprivileged local users to gain elevated privileges  —  Two Linux vulnerabilities introduced recently into the Ubuntu kernel create the potential for unprivileged local users to gain elevated privileges on a massive number of devices.
Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai / TechCrunch:
Analyses: hackers infect players of an old Call of Duty game with a worm that spreads in online lobbies; Activision turns off multiplayer for the game on Steam  —  Hackers are infecting players of an old Call of Duty game with a worm that spreads automatically in online lobbies, according to two analyses of the malware.
Matthew Orf / Counterpoint Research:
US smartphone shipments fell 24% YoY in Q2 2023, the third consecutive quarter of decline; Samsung shipments fell 37% YoY, and Apple's fell 6%  —  - Shipments declined YoY for the third consecutive quarter amid weak consumer demand.  — Android smartphone shipments declined 38% while Apple shipments fell 6% YoY.

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