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September 6, 2023, 1:25 PM

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Samuel Stolton / Bloomberg:
The EU lists the 22 services falling under the Digital Markets Act, including TikTok and Facebook, and will assess if Microsoft's services and iMessage qualify  —  - Tech firms set to challenge EU in digital antitrust clampdown  — Apple's App Store, Google Search, Amazon marketplace on list
Financial Times:
The UK government pulls back from new encryption rules in the Online Safety Bill, averting a clash with Big Tech, as the bill enters its final stages  —  Ministers will not immediately enforce online safety bill powers to scan apps after WhatsApp threatened shutdown
Thomas Germain / Gizmodo:
Mozilla finds that 25 major car brands examined fail to adhere to the most basic privacy and security standards in their new internet-connected models  —  Bad news: your car is a spy.  Every major car brand's new internet-connected models flunked privacy and security tests conducted by Mozilla.
Yoko Kubota / Wall Street Journal:
Sources: China widens its ban on using iPhones and other foreign-branded devices for work, or bringing them to the office, to all central government agencies  —  The directive is the latest step in Beijing's campaign to cut reliance on foreign technology and could hurt Apple's business in the country.
Thomas Claburn / The Register:
Google started rolling out Chrome's Enhanced Ad Privacy, part of its Topics API, via a popup; some say the Got It button is misleading for leaving tracking on  —  YMMV, based on where you are  —  Google has been gradually rolling out Chrome's “Enhanced Ad Privacy.”
Jacob Kastrenakes / The Verge:
The Pixel Pro 8 appeared online on Google's 360-degree device simulator, showing the phone in three colors and a new temperature sensor beside the rear cameras  —  If you had any remaining questions about what the Pixel 8 Pro looks like, Google is here to answer them.
Amanda Hoover / Wired:
NYC's Local Law 18, which mandates registration and other requirements for short-term rental hosts, goes into force, potentially wiping out thousands of Airbnbs  —  Thousands of Airbnbs and other short-term rentals are expected to disappear from rental platforms as New York City begins enforcing tight restrictions.
Andrew Cunningham / Ars Technica:
AMD Radeon RX 7700 XT and 7800 XT review: great for 1440p gaming and less power hungry but the 7800 XT barely outperforms the 6800 XT and older GPUs may suffice  —  It's hard to get excited about yesterday's performance at yesterday's prices.  —  Nearly a year ago, Nvidia kicked off this GPU generation with its GeForce RTX 4090.
Stephen Nellis / Reuters:
IPO filing: Apple signed a new deal with Arm for chip technology that “extends beyond 2040”; Apple is among the tech companies that invested $735M in Arm's IPO  —  Apple (AAPL.O) has signed a new deal with Arm for chip technology that “extends beyond 2040,” according …
Reuters:
Filing: Google tentatively settled a US Play Store class action antitrust lawsuit brought by over 30 states; the settlement is subject to the court's approval  —  Alphabet's (GOOGL.O) Google on Tuesday tentatively settled a class action suit alleging that its U.S. Play Store …
Dana Mattioli / Wall Street Journal:
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Todd Spangler / Variety:
Roku plans to lay off 300+, or 10% of its staff, close offices, and take an up to $65M impairment charge in Q3 2023 for cutting some content; ROKU jumps 5%+  —  Roku will cut more than 300 staffers — laying off 10% of its workforce — as the streaming-platform company continues its battle to control costs.
RT Watson / The Block:
MetaMask says its customers in the US, the UK, and parts of Europe can now convert ether into fiat at their bank or PayPal account via its new sell function  —  - Company announces customers can now convert crypto for traditional fiat currency with a new sell function.
Alan Levin / Bloomberg:
UPS and Phoenix Air Unmanned win FAA approval to fly drones beyond the sight of operators, a key step that may eventually enable widespread package delivery  —  - UPS, uAvionix and Phoenix Air Unmanned can fly beyond sight  — Approval for more automated flights marks major step forward
More: Reuters
André Beganski / Decrypt:
Washington-based Story Protocol, a blockchain-based IP ownership network that aims to address creatives' concerns about generative AI, raised $54M+ led by a16z  —  Andreessen Horowitz invested in a startup that uses blockchain tech to address problems heightened by artificial intelligence.
Chance Miller / 9to5Mac:
Apple says its visionOS beta this fall will include the App Store and plans to publish iPadOS and iOS apps automatically on the Vision Pro App Store by default  —  As developers continue to work on bringing their apps to Vision Pro, Apple has shared a new update via its website with details on the Vision Pro's App Store.
Andy Greenberg / Wired:
The Atlantic Council details how a Chinese law from 2021 requiring companies to disclose flaws within two days of discovery helps China's hacking operations  —  Some foreign companies may be complying—potentially offering China's spies hints for hacking their customers.

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