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The FTC and seven US states settle with Google and iHeartMedia, requiring the companies to pay $9.4M for allegedly paying radio hosts for deceptive Pixel 4 ads (Jay Peters/The Verge)

Jay Peters / The Verge:
The FTC and seven US states settle with Google and iHeartMedia, requiring the companies to pay $9.4M for allegedly paying radio hosts for deceptive Pixel 4 ads  —  Google and iHeartMedia are settling with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and seven state attorneys general for allegedly paying radio hosts …

Sources: Twitter only has one staff left on a team dedicated to removing CSAM after layoffs, despite Musk saying removing child exploitation is top priority (Morgan Meaker/Wired)

Morgan Meaker / Wired:
Sources: Twitter only has one staff left on a team dedicated to removing CSAM after layoffs, despite Musk saying removing child exploitation is top priority  —  Just one person remains to enforce the company’s ban on child sexual abuse content across Japan and the Asia Pacific region.

Analysis: high-profile Republican members of Congress saw an uptick in Twitter followers in the first few weeks of Musk’s reign, while Democrats lost followers (Washington Post)

Washington Post:
Analysis: high-profile Republican members of Congress saw an uptick in Twitter followers in the first few weeks of Musk’s reign, while Democrats lost followers  —  Shift in follower counts for Elizabeth Warren, Ted Cruz show how the platform is beginning to change under Musk

Source: in Q1 2022, Apple was the top advertiser on Twitter, spending $48M and accounting for over 4% of Twitter’s revenue that quarter (Washington Post)

Washington Post:
Source: in Q1 2022, Apple was the top advertiser on Twitter, spending $48M and accounting for over 4% of Twitter’s revenue that quarter  —  In a series of tweets, the billionaire says Apple also has mostly stopped advertising on Twitter  —  Elon Musk on Monday went on a tear against Apple …

Google says that it has, for the first time, licensed its AI research model for breast cancer screening to a medical company, iCAD, looking to deploy it in 2024 (Justine Calma/The Verge)

Justine Calma / The Verge:
Google says that it has, for the first time, licensed its AI research model for breast cancer screening to a medical company, iCAD, looking to deploy it in 2024  —  Google announced today that it has licensed its AI research model for breast cancer screening to medical technology company iCAD.

US crypto exchange Kraken agrees to pay $360K+ to the Treasury Department to settle accusations of sanctions violations involving transactions by users in Iran (New York Times)

New York Times:
US crypto exchange Kraken agrees to pay $360K+ to the Treasury Department to settle accusations of sanctions violations involving transactions by users in Iran  —  The crypto exchange, which had been under investigation for violating U.S. sanctions, agreed to pay $360,000 to settle the allegations.

Sources: Microsoft will likely soon offer the EU concessions regarding the Activision deal; source: the main remedy would be a 10-year licensing deal to Sony (Foo Yun Chee/Reuters)

Foo Yun Chee / Reuters:
Sources: Microsoft will likely soon offer the EU concessions regarding the Activision deal; source: the main remedy would be a 10-year licensing deal to Sony  —  Microsoft (MSFT.O) is likely to offer remedies to EU antitrust regulators in the coming weeks to stave off formal objections …

Source: Musk sought to call some brands’ CEOs to berate them for advertising less on Twitter; others lowered spend to the minimum needed to avoid confrontation (Financial Times)

Financial Times:
Source: Musk sought to call some brands’ CEOs to berate them for advertising less on Twitter; others lowered spend to the minimum needed to avoid confrontation  —  Top brands abandon social media platform as billionaire owner berates chief executives who have curbed spending

Elon Musk says Apple threatened to “withhold” Twitter from App Store “but won’t tell us why” and calls out Apple’s lower Twitter ad spend and alleged censorship (Juli Clover/MacRumors)

Juli Clover / MacRumors:
Elon Musk says Apple threatened to “withhold” Twitter from App Store “but won’t tell us why” and calls out Apple’s lower Twitter ad spend and alleged censorship  —  Apple has cut back on its Twitter advertising, according to Twitter CEO Elon Musk.

Source: between Q1 2019 and this fall, Alphabet’s Google Cloud, hardware unit, and YouTube have roughly doubled headcount, as the total employee count grew ~80% (Jon Victor/The Information)

Jon Victor / The Information:
Source: between Q1 2019 and this fall, Alphabet’s Google Cloud, hardware unit, and YouTube have roughly doubled headcount, as the total employee count grew ~80%  —  Alphabet has doubled the headcount in its Google Cloud unit since early 2019, according to data obtained by The Information, outstripping Alphabet’s overall hiring growth.

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