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September 8, 2023, 2:00 AM

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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 …
Sean Lyngaas / CNN:
An excerpt from Walter Isaacson's Elon Musk biography says Musk cut off Starlink internet service access to disrupt a Ukrainian sneak attack on a Russian fleet  —  Elon Musk secretly ordered his engineers to turn off his company's Starlink satellite communications network near the Crimean coast …
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.
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.
Jess Weatherbed / The Verge:
Google releases its relevance and measurement APIs for Privacy Sandbox in general availability, making them available in Chrome without browser flags or trials  —  Google's Chrome browser is now one important step closer to its goal of phasing out third-party cookies by the end of 2024.
Jay Peters / The Verge:
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.
AJ Vicens / CyberScoop:
Microsoft says Chinese state-affiliated hackers are using AI to generate content designed to “go viral across social networks in the US and other democracies”  —  Chinese state-affiliated hacking groups are become more adept at using artificial intelligence to generate content designed to …
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.
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).
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.
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
Erin Woo / The Information:
X Head of Brand Safety Elyana Thierry left in June per her LinkedIn page, months after being elevated to the role after the previous head resigned in the summer  —  The head of brand safety at X, the company formerly known as Twitter, has left the company, according to her LinkedIn page …
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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 …
Tom Warren / The Verge:
A look at Microsoft's device-agnostic game streaming model; sources say Microsoft prototyped a cloud-focused Xbox handheld, but work on cloud gaming has slowed  —  With Steam Deck competitors on the rise, Microsoft has been focused on phones for Xbox Cloud Gaming so far.

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