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March 16, 2019, 7:40 AM

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Kevin Roose / New York Times:
Christchurch, announced on 8chan, streamed on Facebook, and shared endlessly on YouTube, Twitter, and Reddit, feels like the first internet-native mass shooting  —  Before entering a mosque in Christchurch, New Zealand, the site of one of the deadliest mass murders in the country's history …
Sherisse Pham / CNN:
Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter struggle to halt the spread of the horrific New Zealand shooting video; one of the shooters livestreamed the attack on Facebook  —  Hong Kong (CNN Business)Facebook, YouTube and Twitter are struggling to halt the spread of horrific footage that appears to show …
Joseph Cox / Motherboard:
Andrew Liptak / The Verge:
Valve says it will now investigate Steam review bombing campaigns and hide reviews it identifies as “off-topic”  —  But there are still problems with this approach  —  Valve says it's taking a new approach to user reviews on its gaming marketplace Steam, after attempting …
Joseph Menn / Reuters:
Beto O'Rourke acknowledges that, as a teenager, he was a member of Cult of the Dead Cow, one of the oldest US computer hacker groups  —  Illustration REUTERS/Mike Segar/Troy Dunkley  —  As the Texas Democrat enters the race for president, members of a group famous for “hactivism” …
Owen Williams / Charged:
A point-by-point analysis of Apple's eloquent PR doublespeak response to Spotify's antitrust complaint  —  Apple remained silent for two entire days after Spotify accused it of unfair practices, apparently stunned by the sudden turn of events.  Now, it's responded to Spotify's claims …
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Catalin Cimpanu / ZDNet:
McAfee research: 100+ unique exploits are using the recently disclosed code-execution vulnerability in WinRAR, a file compression app, to infect Windows users  —  As expected, the recent WinRAR vulnerability is now being abused en-masse by multiple threat actors.
Richard Nieva / CNET:
Jury finds that Apple has infringed on three Qualcomm patents and awards $31M to the wireless chip maker in a lawsuit that was filed in July 2017 in San Diego  —  Apple violated three Qualcomm patents and should pay the chipmaker $31 million for infringing on its technology, a jury decided Friday …

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