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Loni Prinsloo / Bloomberg: Dutch e-commerce company Prosus says it is exiting Russia and is looking to sell Avito, its classifieds ads business in the country valued at an estimated $6B  —  Prosus NV is looking to sell its Russian classifieds ads business Avito, the latest international company to dispose of assets …

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Reuters: Singapore-based online fashion marketplace Zilingo fires CEO Ankiti Bose after a probe found “serious financial irregularities”; Bose was suspended in April  —  Singapore-based Zilingo said on Friday it had fired Chief Executive Ankiti Bose after an independent investigation …

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Juli Clover / MacRumors: Kuo: Apple is working on an updated version of the HomePod for release in the Q4 2022 or Q1 2023  —  Apple is working on an updated version of the HomePod that could come in the fourth quarter of 2022 or the first quarter of 2023, according to Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo.

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Washington Post: Court docs and a source: Larry Ellison participated in a November 14, 2020 call that focused on strategies for contesting the legitimacy of the 2020 US election  —  The billionaire GOP donor participated along with Fox's Sean Hannity and Sen. Lindsey Graham, according to court filings and a participant

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Sophia Kunthara / Crunchbase News: Bravado, a networking service and jobs marketplace for sales professionals, raises a $26M Series B led by Tiger Global  —  Sales-oriented professional networking startup Bravado raised $26 million in a Tiger Global-led Series B round, the company said Thursday.  —  Search less.  Close more.

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Murray Stassen / Music Business Worldwide: Google agrees to keep Bandcamp in the Play Store even if it doesn't adopt Google's in-app payment system; Epic will keep 10% of Bandcamp's IAP revenue in escrow  —  Bandcamp's had a rollercoaster couple of months.  —  In March, the online music store and direct-to-fan platform got …

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Jay Bonggolto / Android Central: Google agrees to let Match Group offer alternative billing to Android users; the Tinder owner drops its request for a temporary restraining order against Google  —  Match Group apps will be able to offer alternative billing systems to users.  —  What you need to know

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Aaron Tilley / Wall Street Journal: Report: Bing hid auto-complete in the US for politically sensitive Chinese names, affecting Windows search and DuckDuckGo; Microsoft says it was due to an error  —  Bing's autofill feature failed to make suggestions for terms that could be deemed controversial in Beijing, according to a cybersecurity and surveillance group

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FinSMEs: Noyo, which provides APIs for companies to offer health insurance and other benefits, raises a $45M Series B led by Norwest Venture Partners  —  Noyo, a San Francisco, CA-based API platform focused on the employee benefits industry, raised $45M in Series B financing.

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TechCrunch: Seoul prosecutors open an investigation into Terraform Labs, the company behind LUNA and UST collapse, as its co-founder Do Kwon faces a $78M tax bill  —  Do Kwon, the creator of the stablecoin TerraUSD (UST) and its sister token Luna, is facing legal prosecution in South Korea over the collapse …

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Carly Page / TechCrunch: Conti urges Costa Rican citizens to pressure their government to pay a ransom, now doubled to $20M, and says it is “determined to overthrow the government”  —  Conti demanded $20M in ransom — and the overthrow of the government  —  It's been a rough start for the newly-elected …

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Kishan Vyas / XDA Developers: Google says Android 13 Beta will provide native support for braille displays, so users will not need to download a separate app  —  Over the years, Google has added many features to Android to make the operating system more accessible to people with special needs.

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Matt Day / Bloomberg: Amazon is testing a service that uses its Flex drivers to deliver packages from mall-based retailers, expanding the variety of goods available for fast shipment  —  Amazon.com Inc. is testing a service that uses the company's sprawling network of gig drivers to fetch packages from mall-based retailers and deliver them to customers.

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Joe Rossignol / MacRumors: Report details Jony Ive's work on Apple's MR headset as sources say he remains involved as an external consultant and that the device is not gaming focused  —  Earlier this week, The Information's Wayne Ma outlined struggles that Apple has faced during the development of its long-rumored AR/VR headset.

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Adi Robertson / The Verge: Qualcomm updates its AR Smart Viewer reference design with a higher-powered chipset, a wireless tethering system with Wi-Fi 6 / 6E and Bluetooth, and more  —  But don't expect much battery life  —  Qualcomm is introducing a wireless version of its augmented reality Smart Viewer …

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Scharon Harding / Ars Technica: HP refreshes Spectre x360 laptop with Intel 12th-gen and Ryzen 5000 chips, Intel Arc GPU, beefed up webcam, and a quieter fan, starting at $1,650  —  HP Spectre laptops try out Intel discrete graphics, boosted webcams, new hues.  —  HP has revamped its Spectre x360 lineup of convertible …

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Sean Hollister / The Verge: Qualcomm unveils the Snapdragon 8 Plus Gen 1, says it will offer 10% faster CPU performance, 10% faster GPU clocks, and have up to 30% better power efficiency  —  Bragging rights (and battery life?) for gaming phones  —  Qualcomm's Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 set the stage for the biggest Android smartphones …

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Jay Peters / The Verge: In its annual diversity report, Google saw its “largest increases in representation of Black and Latinx Googlers in the US” at 20% YoY and 8% YoY, respectively  —  Its US workforce is still two-thirds men  —  Google has released its annual diversity report …

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Nilesh Christopher / Rest of World: Koo, an app touted as India's answer to Twitter, has self-verification features that Elon Musk may want but shows risks of handing over data to the government  —  “Already doing what Elon Musk wants to do is such a high,” co-founder of Koo, Aprameya Radhakrishna, posted on Twitter.  —  • BENGALURU, INDIA

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Timothy Craig / Crypto Briefing: YC-backed DeFi startup Stablegains faces a lawsuit after losing $44M of users' funds by investing them in UST, after earlier claiming it was investing in USDC  —  Stablegains has been accused of misleading customers about where their money was going.  —  Key Takeaways

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Sarah Perez / TechCrunch: Snapchat is testing Family Center, which lets parents see who their teens are friends with and whom they are texting; teens have the option to not participate  —  Snapchat is preparing to introduce a new parental control feature dubbed “Family Center,” which will allow parents to see who their teen …

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Tonya Riley / CyberScoop: FTC warns edtech companies to not use children's data for commercial purposes like ads without parental consent, saying it will “vigilantly enforce” COPPA  —  The Federal Trade Commission voted 5- on Thursday to issue a policy statement warning education tech companies …

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Alex Heath / The Verge: A Meta executive told employees to stop discussing abortion on Workplace, citing “an increased risk” that the company is seen as a “hostile work environment”  —  Employees say the stance runs counter to Meta policies on discussing Black Lives Matter and trans rights

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Lawrence Abrams / BleepingComputer: AdvIntel: the Conti ransomware group has taken its infrastructure offline and its leaders have partnered with other smaller ransomware groups to conduct attacks  —  The notorious Conti ransomware gang has officially shut down their operation, with infrastructure taken offline and team leaders told that the brand is no more.

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Rich McHugh / Insider: Docs: SpaceX paid $250K to settle a sexual misconduct claim against Elon Musk, which alleged that Musk offered a horse in exchange for an erotic massage in 2016  —  - A flight attendant for SpaceX said Elon Musk asked her to “do more” during a massage, documents show.

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