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August 10, 2023, 1:20 PM

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Rohan Goswami / CNBC:
In an interview, X CEO Linda Yaccarino says she has “autonomy” under Elon Musk, X plans to add video calls, is “close” to break-even as brands return, and more  —  - X CEO Linda Yaccarino explained to CNBC on Thursday why the company decided to get rid of its Twitter branding.
Nicola Agius / Search Engine Land:
X unveils Sensitivity Settings and Enhanced Blocklist to boost brand safety and control for advertisers, rolling out over the next few weeks in the Ads Manager  —  The new tools give marketers more say over ad placement.  —  X, formerly known as Twitter, has launched two new features …
Hannah Murphy / Financial Times:
Justine Calma / The Verge:
Google, American Airlines, and Bill Gates' Breakthrough Energy partner to create more sustainable flight routes by avoiding those that create contrails  —  Google has been working with American Airlines and Bill Gates' climate investment fund, Breakthrough Energy, to chart more sustainable flight routes.
Dan Goodin / Ars Technica:
A closer look at the UK Electoral Commission hack, disclosed nine months after discovery, which likely relied on a now-patched Microsoft Exchange Server flaw  —  Evidence appears to show a critical 0-day tracked as ProxyNotShell was exploited.  —  It's looking more and more likely …
Jay Peters / The Verge:
Meta rolls out the ability to let users verify their Threads profile on other social media platforms, like Mastodon, using “rel=me” links  —  To be clear, this isn't a free way to get a blue checkmark next to your Threads name; you'll probably need to pay Meta to get one of those.
Jay Peters / The Verge:
Mark Zuckerberg says Threads plans to add several features this week: share posts to Instagram DMs, a mention button, and a way to add custom alt-text for media  —  Threads, Meta's Twitter competitor, is getting some new features “this week,” according to a post from CEO Mark Zuckerberg.
Andrew Duehren / Wall Street Journal:
Biden signs an executive order banning US investments in some Chinese companies developing advanced semiconductors and quantum computers, starting in 2024  —  Biden's order will also require U.S. private-equity and venture-capital firms to disclose certain investments
Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai / TechCrunch:
Researchers: since 2014, Belarus-linked hackers, dubbed MoustachedBouncer, have targeted foreign diplomats in the country by intercepting ISP connections  —  Hackers with apparent links to the Belarusian government have been targeting foreign diplomats in the country for nearly 10 years, according to security researchers.
Rosie Perper / CoinDesk:
Y00ts, once among the top Solana-based NFT projects and that moved to Polygon in 2022, plans to migrate to Ethereum and will return its $3M grant from Polygon  —  The popular project, which started out on Solana and migrated to Polygon earlier this year, said it would return 100% of the grant money it received.
Tom Mitchelhill / Cointelegraph:
Fireblocks discloses BitForge, a set of zero-day flaws affecting widely-used crypto wallet providers; Coinbase, Binance, and Zengo have patched BitForge flaws  —  Fireblocks said the vulnerabilities affecting Coinbase, Binance and Zengo have since been fixed and has reached out to more than 12 others still at risk.
Nikhilesh De / CoinDesk:
Filing: the US SEC plans to appeal a July 2023 court ruling that Ripple's programmatic XRP sales to retail investors on exchanges didn't violate securities law  —  A federal judge ruled that while Ripple's direct sales of XRP to institutional investors violated securities law …
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Disney plans to raise US prices of Disney+ Premium, Hulu without ads, and ESPN+, and to expand Disney+ ad-supported plans to Canada and nine European countries  —  Ad-supported Disney+ tier to expand to Canada, U.K. and eight other European countries this fall
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