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April 1, 2020, 1:55 PM

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Lawrence Abrams / BleepingComputer:
A vulnerability in Zoom's Windows client could let attackers steal Windows login credentials of users who click on malicious links in chat messages  —  The Zoom Windows client is vulnerable to UNC path injection in the client's chat feature that could allow attackers to steal the Windows credentials of users who click on the link.
Felix / @c1truz_:
[Thread] Security researcher finds Zoom uses a “shady” technique to install its Mac app without user interaction, applying tricks used by macOS malware  —  Ever wondered how the @zoom_us macOS installer does it's job without you ever clicking install? Turns out they (ab)use preinstallation scripts, manually unpack the app using a bundled 7zip and install it to /Applications if the current user is in the admin group (no root needed). https://twitter.com/...
Lauren Feiner / CNBC:
John Legere steps down as T-Mobile CEO after the company closed its merger with Sprint; President and COO Mike Sievert takes over as CEO  —  John Legere is officially done with the role of T-Mobile CEO after the company officially closed its merger with Sprint, the company announced Wednesday.
Monica Nickelsburg / GeekWire:
Microsoft President Brad Smith calls Washington state's facial recognition law that regulates how public agencies use the tech a “significant breakthrough”  —  Microsoft President Brad Smith took a break from responding to the COVID-19 outbreak Tuesday to praise Washington state's landmark facial recognition regulations.
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Slack introduces a new app to integrate Microsoft Teams calling features and launches VoIP phone integration with Zoom, WebEx, Jabber, and more  —  You can now launch a Microsoft Teams call directly from Slack  —  Slack is launching a new app to integrate Microsoft Teams calling features into its chat app today.
Jon Brodkin / Ars Technica:
Comcast's waiving of data caps has had little effect on internet speeds even as peak traffic increased 32%, giving lie to their stance that caps are needed  —  Pandemic shows Comcast could kill data caps forever without ruining its network.  —  Back in the before times …
Drew Harwell / Washington Post:
“Online proctor” companies, which watch students through their webcams during exams, are seeing a surge of business as universities close due to the pandemic  —  Colleges are racing to sign deals with ‘online proctor’ companies that watch students through their webcams while they take exams.
Wall Street Journal:
Amazon's retail business has struggled to find its footing during the pandemic, as surging order volume has resulted in shortages, delays, and worker unrest  —  Tech giant faces overwhelming demand, mass absences and a restive workforce  —  On a mid-March midnight shift …
Catalin Cimpanu / ZDNet:
Marriott discloses data breach from mid-January affecting 5.2M hotel guests, exposing personal contact information including mailing addresses and phone numbers  —  Marriott says a hacker gained access to the accounts of two employees.  —  Hotel chain Marriott disclosed today a security breach …
Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet:
Sources: Microsoft plans to make most public and some internal events digital-only through first half of 2021, including Ignite, Build, and Inspire conferences  —  Microsoft is moving to make most of its external (and some internal) events digital-only for its FY'21 in light of impacts of the coronavirus.
Kyle Wiggers / VentureBeat:
Researchers find AI and statistical models have difficulty predicting life outcomes for children, parents, and households, even with a rich data set  —  A paper coauthored by over 112 researchers across 160 data and social science teams found that AI and statistical models …
Bloomberg:
Sources: Amazon's job fairs in various cities had packed rooms, followed no special precautions, and ignored official social distancing guidelines  —  In March, a laid-off customer-service representative for one of the airline companies attended an Amazon.com Inc. employee orientation in Dallas.
Pearse Anderson / The Verge:
As colleges shutter campuses, students are using Minecraft servers to faithfully replicate those spaces, hosting graduation ceremonies and parties online  —  The day before University of Pennsylvania students were told that their college commencement would be held online …
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