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February 16, 2020, 9:15 PM

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Hunter Walk:
Tech leaders should stop glib comments on media and acting like underdogs, and tech media should stop “Red Teaming” tech, overusing anonymity, and passing blame  —  Lots of mutual bad faith.  Reporters I respect indulging themselves in screenshotting and quote dunking tech folks, performative for their tribe.
Liam Tung / ZDNet:
Google's Project Zero explains how the practice of altering the Android kernel by phone vendors like Samsung lessens security by adding attack surface  —  Google Project Zero scolds Samsung and other vendors for adding features that undermine Android security.
Reuters:
At the Munich Security Conference, Zuckerberg says harmful content should be regulated with a system somewhere between existing frameworks for telcos and media  —  MUNICH (Reuters) - Online content should be regulated with a system somewhere between the existing rules used for the telecoms …
Chris Stokel-Walker / WIRED UK:
Former BBC execs and sources detail Project Kangaroo, BBC's 2007 attempt to create a Netflix-like service which was blocked by UK's Competition Commission  —  Insiders reveal just how close the BBC came to launching a credible Netflix competitor - only to have the door slammed in its face
Cyrus Farivar / NBC News:
Interviews with 40 police departments in eight states that partnered with Ring for at least three months show there is little evidence that Ring reduces crime  —  Hundreds of police departments have signed agreements with Ring to gain access to footage filmed on home surveillance cameras
Monica M. Ruiz / Wired:
Estonia, which created a volunteer Cyber Defence Unit after cyberattacks in 2007, offers key lessons to the US in attracting tech talent and educating citizens  —  The tiny European nation has come a long way after crippling cyberattacks in 2007.  Now, it offers key lessons in attracting tech talent and educating citizens.
Tweets: @ilvestoomas
Annie Musgrove / Tech.eu:
Oxford VR, a spinout from Oxford University's Department of Psychiatry that wants to use VR simulations to treat mental health problems, raises £10M Series A  —  Oxford VR, the UK developer of virtual reality therapy, has secured a £10 million Series A round led by Optum Ventures with support from Luminous Ventures.
Tweets: @yoda
Mike Godwin / Slate:
Danny Nelson / CoinDesk:
Profile of Chainalysis, a crypto analytics startup helping government agencies like FBI, IRS, DEA, and ICE in tracking illicit cryptocurrency transactions  —  It started with a $9,000 data software contract for the FBI in 2015.  —  But just five years later, Chainalysis …
Jeff Stone / CyberScoop:
Court filing sheds light on how US was able to attribute the Equifax hack to China and the techniques alleged state sponsored hackers used  —  Even for U.S. law enforcement, the Equifax hack was different.  —  Unlike in previous examples of apparent Chinese government-backed cyber-operations …
Lauren Kaori Gurley / VICE:
Target's Shipt delivery app workers describe a culture of retaliation and fear, say its algorithm pushes them to buy gifts for customers to boost their ratings  —  In late October, Ashley Johnson, a single mom and seasoned gig worker in a quiet Seattle suburb, tweeted about the decline …

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