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March 26, 2020, 11:25 PM

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Sergiu Gatlan / BleepingComputer:
Researcher: a vulnerability affecting iOS 13.3.1 and later prevents VPNs from encrypting some traffic, potentially exposing user data or leaking IP addresses  —  A currently unpatched security vulnerability affecting iOS 13.3.1 or later prevents virtual private network (VPNs) …
Joseph Cox / VICE:
Zoom iOS app, like many using Facebook SDKs, sends data to FB even if there's no linked account, but Zoom's privacy policy fails to clearly mention the practice  —  As people work and socialize from home, video conferencing software Zoom has exploded in popularity.
Todd Haselton / CNBC:
On Twitter, Slack CEO discussed some of the dramatic changes Slack has seen over the last few weeks, like quickly adding 9K net new customers; stock up 10%+  —  - Slack CEO Stewart Butterfield posted a thread to Twitter telling a story of how wild things have been for Slack this month.
Toni Gidwani / The Keyword:
Google sent users 40K warnings about phishing or malware attempts from nation-states in 2019, a 25% drop YoY; journalist and news outlet impersonations up  —  Security Engineering Manager, Threat Analysis Group  —  Google's Threat Analysis Group (TAG) works to counter targeted …
Annie Palmer / CNBC:
Interviews with 12 Amazon warehouse workers: limited options from Amazon are forcing them to work in crowded warehouses with few essentials, like sanitizers  —  - A dozen Amazon workers told CNBC they're terrified to go to work during the pandemic, while others have expressed frustration …
Andrew Webster / The Verge:
Epic Games launches Epic Games Publishing, a label that will cover up to 100% of development costs while game creators retain 100% of IP and creative control  —  ‘The publishing model we always wanted’  —  Fortnite maker Epic Games is getting into publishing in a big way.
Catalin Cimpanu / ZDNet:
Google says it will resume Chrome and Chrome OS releases after pausing them last week due to the adjusted employee work schedules during the pandemic  —  Google Chrome 81 to be released next month, on April 7.  —  Google paused Chrome updates last week when it canceled the Chrome 81 release …
Airbnb Newsroom:
Airbnb says it will subsidize hosting costs for up to 100K healthcare professionals, relief workers, and first responders around the world  —  - New global initiative will provide free or subsidized housing for healthcare professionals, relief workers, and first responders, typically closer to where they are working
Maura Church / Patreon Blog:
Patreon says 30,000+ creators signed up in the first three weeks of March; average new patron growth in 6 countries, including US and Italy, was 36.2% over Feb.  —  Right now is a stressful time to be a creator.  In a time when so many around the world are deeply affected …
Andy / TorrentFreak:
AMD confirms someone claimed in December to have “test files” related to current and future graphics products; some files recently posted online were removed  —  Graphics cards are big business and AMD is one of the leading brands with an estimated 32% share of the discrete desktop market.
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:
Microsoft acquires Affirmed Networks, which provides fully virtualized, cloud-native networking tech to telecom operators, with a focus on 5G and edge computing  —  Microsoft today announced that it has acquired Affirmed Networks, a company that specializes in fully virtualized, cloud-native networking solutions for telecom operators.
Laura Kayali / Politico:
The COVID-19 pandemic could signal a truce between EU and Big Tech, as Netflix and others limit video quality and stamping out misinformation becomes a priority  —  PARIS — Only a few weeks ago, policymakers in Brussels, Washington, Paris and Berlin were spending a lot of energy trying to police Big Tech.

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