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October 3, 2022, 3:25 AM

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Kadhim Shubber / Financial Times:
Sources: Celsius founder Alex Mashinsky withdrew $10M from the crypto lender weeks before the company froze user accounts; a source says ~$8M was used for taxes  —  Scrutiny of Alex Mashinsky grows after crypto lender was left with hole in balance sheet  —  Celsius Network founder Alex …
Nate Hopper / New Yorker:
A profile of David Mills, who created the Network Time Protocol in the 1980s, as about two dozen Internet Engineering Task Force contributors work toward NTPv5  —  An obscure software system synchronizes the network's clocks.  Who will keep it running?  —  In 1977, David Mills …
Bill Toulas / BleepingComputer:
Symantec details an ongoing campaign by the Witchetty hacking group, potentially tied to a China-backed threat actor, that hides malware in a Windows logo image  —  Security researchers have discovered a malicious campaign by the ‘Witchetty’ hacking group, which uses steganography to hide a backdoor malware in a Windows logo.
Bettina Makalintal / Eater:
Instagram food photography is becoming more realistic, driven by generational changes, more diverse food creators, and a frustration with the curation culture  —  The food blogger aesthetic has given way to something more realistic and DIY: Laissez-faire Instagram food is here
Dan De Luce / NBC News:
Kentik: Iran's three main mobile operators shut down service for about eight hours in the evening for 10 consecutive days, causing an uptick in landline traffic  —  Internet freedom activists are scrambling to help Iranians evade Tehran's online crackdown and are urging the U.S. government …
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Grace Browne / Wired:
A look at the AI chatbots designed to improve mental health, like Wysa and Woebot, which have millions of users despite scant research to support their efficacy  —  With human therapists in short supply, AI chatbots are trying to plug the gap—but it's not clear how well they work.  —  Bots Run the Internet
Zecharias Zelalem / Context:
The UN World Food Programme and the WHO say a nearly two-year internet and phone shutdown in Ethiopia's Tigray is hampering aid delivery and health monitoring  —  As fighting rages on in Ethiopia's war-torn Tigray region, one of the world's longest telecommunications shutdowns is hampering aid deliveries …

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