Bloomberg: Google Play Fee Suit by Consumers Grows to 21 Million Users

Bloomberg: Google Play Fee Suit by Consumers Grows to 21 Million Users. “Google now faces more than 21 million customers, instead of just a handful, in a lawsuit alleging its app store collects exorbitant fees. A federal judge exponentially increased the Alphabet Inc. unit’s damages exposure by granting class-action status… in a suit alleging that Google Play has abused its power over the sale and distribution of Android mobile applications.”

IANS: Google Terminates Thousand Of Youtube Channels In China, Russia, Brazil

IANS: Google Terminates Thousand Of Youtube Channels In China, Russia, Brazil. “Google has purged thousands of YouTube channels in China, Russia and Brazil as part of its investigation into coordinated influence operations. The tech giant terminated 5,197 YouTube channels and 17 Blogger blogs as part of its ongoing investigation into coordinated influence operations linked to China.”

TechCrunch: Twitter alternative Hive shuts down its app to fix critical security issues

TechCrunch: Twitter alternative Hive shuts down its app to fix critical security issues. “The team at the newly popular Twitter alternative Hive is in over its head. The company has now taken the fairly radical step of fully shutting down its servers for a couple of days in response to concerns raised by security researchers who discovered a number of critical vulnerabilities on Hive, several of which they say remain unfixed.”

Washington Post: Inside Sam Bankman-Fried’s courtship of a Washington regulator

Washington Post: Inside Sam Bankman-Fried’s courtship of a Washington regulator. “Before his undoing this month, crypto magnate Sam Bankman-Fried aggressively pursued powerful allies in Washington. None was more important than Rostin Behnam. The chief of the federal agency that oversees commodities markets, Behnam holds a strategic perch among the nation’s financial regulators. And the 44-year-old Washington bureaucrat was indispensable in the boyish billionaire’s ambitious plans to reshape U.S. crypto regulation.”

CNET: The Robocall Punishment Just Got a Lot Harsher

CNET: The Robocall Punishment Just Got a Lot Harsher. “Robocalls continue to be a massive problem for anyone with a cellphone, but the FCC has been more aggressive about combatting the issue over the last few years. This marks the first time a service provider has felt the penalty after the agency mandated that all carriers implement a robocall-fighting system called Stir/Shaken that authenticates callers.”