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August 10, 2022, 9:20 AM

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Jason Koebler / VICE:
Served with warrants, Meta gave a teen's Messenger chats to Nebraska authorities, who charged her and her mother with breaking laws related to an abortion  —  Motherboard has obtained court documents that show Facebook gave police a teenager's private chats about her abortion.
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Meta says the warrants in the Nebraska case didn't mention abortion, only the burning and burial of a stillborn, came before Roe's reversal, and had a gag order  —  Much of the reporting about Meta's role in a criminal case against a mother and daughter in Nebraska is plain wrong.
Allison Johnson / The Verge:NEW
Samsung debuts Galaxy Z Fold 4 with 6.2" and 6.7" displays, Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1, 12GB RAM, 256GB+ storage, and 50MP camera, available to pre-order for $1,799  —  Minor camera and software improvements, big $1,799 price tag  —  Samsung, purveyor of the only serious foldables available on a global scale …
Cherlynn Low / Engadget:NEW
Dan Goodin / Ars Technica:
Cloudflare says some employees fell for an SMS phishing scam, but the company's hardware MFA keys stopped the hackers from accessing its internal network  —  Unusually resourced threat actor has targeted multiple companies in recent days.  —  At least two security-sensitive companies …
Rebecca Elliott / Wall Street Journal:
Filings: Elon Musk sold around 7.9M Tesla shares, worth nearly $7B, between Friday and Tuesday, likely to preempt a judge forcing his Twitter acquisition  —  The billionaire suggested stock sales were aimed at avoiding a fire sale if forced to buy the social-media company
Jordan Novet / CNBC:
Coinbase misses with Q2 revenue down 64% YoY to $808.3M, vs. $832.2M est., a $1.1B net loss, trading volume down 53% YoY to $217B, and 9M MTUs; stock falls ~5%  —  - Coinbase's revenue declined almost 64% in the quarter as cryptocurrency prices fell.  — The exchange operator lowered its full-year forecast for transacting users.
Abner Li / 9to5Google:
Google launches Get The Message, a campaign to pressure Apple to support RCS over SMS/MMS, highlighting low-resolution photos and videos, no e2ee, and more  —  For the past year, Google has been increasingly calling out Apple for not adopting RCS (Rich Communication Services) on the iPhone.
Bloomberg:
A jury finds former Twitter employee Ahmad Abouammo guilty of spying for Saudi Arabia by turning over Saudi dissidents' account data in exchange for bribes  —  A former Twitter Inc. employee was convicted of spying for Saudi Arabia by turning over personal information of platform users …
New York Times:
Sources: Walmart has held talks with Paramount, Disney, and Comcast, as the retailer explores bundling a streaming service into its Walmart+ membership program  —  The retail giant is exploring bundling a streaming service into its Walmart+ membership program.
Bloomberg:
Sources: the US DOJ is preparing to sue Google over its ad market business as soon as September, as the DOJ's antitrust division lawyers interview publishers  —  The US Justice Department is preparing to sue Google as soon as next month, according to people familiar with the matter …
Victoria Song / The Verge:NEW
Samsung debuts $280 Galaxy Watch 5 and $450 Galaxy Watch 5 Pro, both with a touch bezel and improved BioActive sensor; pre-orders open today  —  It's also aiming for the Garmin crowd with the Watch 5 Pro  —  After weeks of leaks and rumors, Samsung finally announced the $279.99 Galaxy Watch 5 …
Patrick McGee / Financial Times:
Many small businesses that use personalized online ads are cutting back on marketing, in part due to Apple's ATT, as they face rising customer acquisition costs  —  Online brands reliant on personalised ads ramp back marketing spending  —  Small businesses are cutting back marketing spending due …
Harri Weber / TechCrunch:
Vancouver-based Hootsuite plans to lay off 30% of its workforce, an estimated 400 people; PitchBook says the social media marketing company has raised $300M+  —  Social media marketing firm Hootsuite says it has slashed its workforce by 30%.  —  “We need to refocus our strategies to drive efficiency …
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Indonesian digital wallet maker Dana raised $250M from local conglomerate Sinar Mas and Alibaba's Lazada Group and says it processes 10M transactions/day  —  Dana, one of Indonesia's biggest digital wallet providers, has raised $250 million from local conglomerate Sinar Mas …

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