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April 1, 2020, 5:15 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/...
The Information:
Sources: YouTube is planning to release Shorts, a rival to TikTok inside YouTube's main app, by the end of the year  —  YouTube is planning to release a rival to TikTok, the hugely popular video-sharing app, by the end of the year, according to two people familiar with the matter.
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.
Nick Statt / The Verge:
Amazon Prime Video now allows in-app purchases on Apple devices, after previously sending users to browsers to avoid Apple's 30% cut on in-app buys  —  A huge change to how Amazon handles its streaming video platform on iOS devices  —  Amazon's Prime Video iOS and Apple TV apps now let customers …
Erin Griffith / New York Times:
COVID-19 has negatively affected tech startups big and small, leading to layoffs, halted IPOs and hiring, slashed prices for products, and bankruptcies  —  Dozens have laid off thousands, slashed costs and changed their businesses to try to survive the pandemic.  All that may not work.
Erin Griffith / New York Times:
All-in-one productivity tool Notion, which helps people organize and track their work, raises $50M from Index Ventures and others at a $2B valuation  —  While many start-ups grapple with the fallout from the pandemic, this San Francisco company raised more cash to survive.
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.
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.
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.
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 …
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 …

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