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September 8, 2023, 9:55 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 …
Mark Gurman / Bloomberg:
What to expect from Apple's “Wonderlust” event on September 12, including four iPhone 15 models with USB-C and Apple Watch Series 9 with new sensors and chips  —  Company will spotlight titanium iPhone 15 Pro and cameras, switch to USB-C chargers and faster smartwatches.
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.
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.
Gergely Orosz / The Pragmatic Engineer:
Q&A with Threads engineers Jesse Chen and Zahan Malkani on building the app with Instagram's tech stack, handling Threads' unexpectedly intense launch, and more  —  The Threads app was downloaded by more than 100M people on launch week.  How did the engineering team build the app, and handle an unexpectedly intense launch?
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.
Anna Tong / Reuters:
Similarweb: ChatGPT's desktop and mobile website visits fell 3.2% MoM to 1.43B in August, following 10% drops from each of the previous two months  —  OpenAI's ChatGPT, the wildly popular artificial intelligence chatbot launched in November, saw monthly website visits decline for the third month …
Ivan Mehta / TechCrunch:
X updates its TOS to ban scraping or crawling without “prior written consent”, effective September 29, likely to stop AI models from training on its data  —  Elon Musk-owned X, formerly Twitter, has updated its terms of service to prohibit scraping and crawling — likely to fend off any AI models training on its data.
More: The Verge
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.
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 …
Timmy Shen / The Block:
Ant Group launches ZAN, a new blockchain service aimed at institutional and individual clients in overseas markets, including Hong Kong and Singapore  —  - Ant Group said ZAN will focus on serving institutional and individual clients in overseas markets including Hong Kong and Singapore.
Amitoj Singh / CoinDesk:
Local media: Turkey sentenced Faruk Fatih Özer, the CEO of defunct crypto exchange Thodex, to 11,196 years; 400K+ users of Thodex have lost $2B+ in deposits  —  Thodex was one of Turkey's largest crypto exchanges before it suddenly went offline in April 2021 and Özer went missing.
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).
Reuters:
Sources: Mukesh Ambani's Reliance, encouraged by the Indian government, is in talks with foreign chipmakers to enter semiconductor manufacturing  —  Billionaire Mukesh Ambani's Reliance Industries (RELI.NS) has begun exploring a foray into semiconductor manufacturing, a move that could address …
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:

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