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September 7, 2023, 8:10 PM

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Joe Warminsky / The Record:
Apple releases macOS, iOS, iPadOS, and watchOS updates to address two zero-day flaws that Citizen Lab says were used to deliver NSO Group's Pegasus spyware  —  Apple released software updates on Thursday to address two zero-day vulnerabilities that researchers said were used …
Lily Hay Newman / Wired:
The US and the UK sanction 11 more alleged Trickbot ransomware gang members, and the US DOJ unseals indictments against nine alleged Trickbot and Conti members  —  Authorities have sanctioned 11 alleged members of the cybercriminal groups, while the US Justice Department unsealed three federal indictments …
Sam Kessler / CoinDesk:
Former FTX Digital Markets co-CEO Ryan Salame pleads guilty to US campaign finance and money transmitting charges and will forfeit $1.5B+ as part of the deal  —  Salame admitted to being a “straw donor” to secretly funnel millions of dollars to Republican political candidates while Bankman-Fried donated to Democrats.
Bloomberg:
Sources: China plans to expand its ban on iPhones in sensitive departments to government agencies and state companies, an unprecedented blockade; AAPL drops ~3%  —  - Beijing begins by banning the devices from certain bodies  — It could deal blow to Apple and amplifies a self-reliance push
Dina Bass / Bloomberg:
Microsoft commits to defending customers of its AI Copilots from copyright infringement lawsuits, as long as they've “used the guardrails and content filters”  —  The software giant also will pay related fines and settlements, so long as customers follow its rules.
Tom Phillips / Eurogamer.net:
Source: at Gamescom in August, Nintendo demoed the Switch 2 running a souped-up Breath of the Wild to developers; the console is expected to launch in 2024  —  Ahead of widely-expected launch next year.  —  News by Tom Phillips Editor-in-Chief  —  In Cologne last month …
Sarah Wynn / The Block:
The FBI says North Korea-linked Lazarus Group was responsible for the theft of $41M in crypto from online casino and betting site Stake around September 4, 2023  —  - The FBI said North Korea-affiliated Lazarus Group was responsible for a $41 million theft this week from crypto-based sports betting platform Stake.com.
Jay Peters / The Verge:
Google plans to update Chrome in the coming weeks to incorporate the company's Material You design language, including refreshed icons and new color palettes  —  Chrome on the desktop is about to get a new look.  Google's widely used browser is getting an update based on its Material …
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Alistair Charlton / Forbes:
BMW drops a controversial subscription that activates heated seats or other hardware already in its cars, limiting subscriptions to software-based functions  —  BMW has made a U-turn on a controversial subscription service that saw drivers pay a fee to activate the heated seats already fitted to their car.
Christopher Dring / GamesIndustry.biz:
The ESA announces organizer ReedPop will not be working on future E3 events and informs the Los Angeles Convention Center that 2024's E3 will not be held there  —  E3 2024 may still happen, but not at the Los Angeles Convention Center  —  News by Christopher Dring Head of Games B2B
Linda Hardesty / Fierce Wireless:
The Senate votes 55 to 43 to approve Anna Gomez as the fifth FCC commissioner, breaking the deadlock at the agency and giving the FCC a 3-2 Democratic majority  —  Today, the U.S. Senate finally approved a nominee to fill the vacant, fifth seat on the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).
Sandali Handagama / CoinDesk:
An IMF and Financial Stability Board paper warns jurisdictions against blanket crypto bans, recommending targeted restrictions and sound monetary policy instead  —  The global standard-setters also warned stablecoins adopted by multiple jurisdictions “may transmit volatility more abruptly” than other crypto.
Forbes:
Inside Apple's impossible war on child exploitation, as the company scrapped its on-device CSAM scanning system and key team members behind the initiative left  —  Apple spent years trying to design a system that would stop the spread of child sexual abuse material on iPhones and iCloud.
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Lane Brown / Vulture:
How Rotten Tomatoes' Tomatometer, an important metric in entertainment, became erratic and reductive as some PR firms hack its score by paying obscure “critics”  —  In 2018, a movie-publicity company called Bunker 15 took on a new project: Ophelia, a feminist retelling of Hamlet starring Daisy Ridley.
CNBC:
Riot Blockchain reports earning $31.7M in energy credits from Texas' power grid to curtail its usage in August, dwarfing the ~$8.9M in bitcoin the company mined  —  - Bitcoin miner Riot Platforms raked in $31.7 million in energy credits from Texas power grid operator ERCOT in August.
Dylan Smith / TucsonSentinel.com:
Molly Holzschlag, aka “mollydotcom”, a longtime advocate for a more open web and accessible, inclusive online design standards, died at 60 on September 5  —  Pioneer of online design & accessibility  —  Molly Holzschlag, whose pioneering work in online design standards led to her being dubbed …
Joe Coscarelli / New York Times:
Ghostwriter, the anonymous creator who used AI to mimic Drake and The Weeknd, has met with record labels, Grammy organizers, and more, and releases a new song  —  The anonymous artist, who stirred conversation with the A.I. track “Heart on My Sleeve,” has been quietly consulting with executives, while also gunning for a Grammy.

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