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September 24, 2021, 11:30 PM

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Ryan Browne / CNBC:
China's central bank says all cryptocurrency-related activities are prohibited and overseas crypto exchanges providing services in mainland China are illegal  —  - The People's Bank of China said services offering trading, order matching, token issuance and derivatives for virtual currencies are strictly prohibited.
Denis Tokarev / Habr:
Researcher discloses three iOS zero-days, says they were reported to Apple before May 4 and are still exploitable in iOS 15 after Apple failed to fix them  —  I want to share my frustrating experience participating in Apple Security Bounty program.  I've reported four -day vulnerabilities …
Wall Street Journal:
US DOJ allowed Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou to return to China in a deferred prosecution agreement; in exchange, Wanzhou admitted to some wrongdoing  —  Deferred prosecution agreement offers company's finance chief an exit from Canada, where she has been fighting extradition to U.S.
Benjamin Mayo / 9to5Mac:
iPhone 13 Pro runs 3rd-party apps at 120Hz for scrolling and screen transitions but limits them to 60Hz for animations; Apple says it is working on a fix  —  One of the biggest new features exclusive to the iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max this year is the inclusion of high-refresh rate displays, or what Apple calls “ProMotion.”
Washington Post:
How Facebook is using its metaverse push to rehabilitate its reputation with policymakers and reposition itself to shape regulation of future technologies  —  With a buzzy push for next-wave virtual reality hardware, the tech giant is trying to outrun its mounting woes.
Lucinda Shen / Fortune:
Jeremy Liew, Bijan Sabet, and Roger Ehrenberg stepping back from active roles at their firms reflects a broader generational shift in the VC industry  —  Over the course of the past week, three venture capitalists have announced plans to step back from their investing roles at their respective firms.
Bloomberg:
Sources: Amazon is working on a larger Echo with a wall-mountable 15" screen, a TV sound bar, wearables for seniors, new speakers, and more  —  - Company plans slew of new Alexa-based devices for coming years  — Amazon eyes wearable for seniors, new speakers and software
Jenny Leonard / Bloomberg:
US Commerce Sec says US is considering using a Cold War-era national security law to force semiconductor companies to provide information on inventory and sales  —  - Biden administration seeks inventory, sales information  — Goal is to prevent stockpiling, ease supply chain bottlenecks
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Kif Leswing / CNBC:
Production crew union says Apple claimed less than 20M TV+ subscribers in the US and Canada as of July 1, allowing Apple to pay workers lower rates  —  - A showbiz union representing behind-the-scenes workers says Apple claimed less than 20 million Apple TV+ subscriptions in the U.S. and Canada as of July 1.
The Information:
Sources: Google is in talks with ByteDance and Facebook to index and rank TikTok and Instagram videos  —  If you've ever tried searching on Google for one of those TikTok or Instagram videos all your friends are gushing about—such as sea shanties or the Renegade dance—you'll notice something.
Catalin Cimpanu / The Record:
EU formally accuses Russian government and its state hackers for Ghostwriter, a hack-and-leak operation active in some EU states since 2017  —  European Union officials have formally accused the Russian government and its state hackers of meddling inside the elections and political systems of several EU states.

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