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April 19, 2020, 10:50 PM

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Decrypt:
Hackers steal ~$25M worth of cryptocurrency from Lendf.Me, a dForce-based decentralized lending platform, likely using a well-known exploit of an Ethereum token  —  DForce, a Chinese decentralized finance protocol, today lost $25 million worth of its customers' cryptocurrency due to a well-known exploit of an Ethereum token.
Seth Schiesel / New York Times:
Facebook to launch a dedicated gaming app to let users create and watch live game streams, available on Android on Monday and on iOS when Apple approves it  —  Video games are surging in popularity in the pandemic.  So Facebook is rolling out an app designed for creating and watching live gameplay.
Nour Haydar / ABC:
Australia orders the creation of a mandatory code of conduct requiring platforms like Google and Facebook to pay media businesses for news content  —  The Federal Government has ordered the competition watchdog to develop a mandatory code of conduct to govern commercial dealings between tech giants and news media companies.
Lily Hay Newman / Wired:
Cloudflare debuts Is BGP Safe Yet, a site that checks if your ISP has added security protections and filtering that make Border Gateway Protocol less vulnerable  —  “Is BGP Safe Yet” is a new site that names and shames internet service providers who don't tend to their routing.
Mara Hvistendahl / Wired:
As Amazon and eBay crack down on listings for masks and PPE, suppliers, brokers, and even scammers are reaching out to prospective buyers via LinkedIn  —  With face masks and other protective gear in short supply, speculators and popup brokers are finding customers on LinkedIn.
Kaitlyn Tiffany / The Atlantic:
The idea that the pandemic has made the internet better is tempting but premature, as major platforms struggle to adapt to a surge in activity and new use cases  —  The weekend before bars and restaurants closed in New York, I sat on the ground in the park with three friends in a creepy circle …
FinSMEs:
Greenbits, a San Jose-based cannabis retail platform provider, raises $23M Series B led by Tiger Global Management and Casa Verde  —  Greenbits, a San Jose, CA-based cannabis retail platform provider, raised $23m in Series B financing.  —  The round was co-led by Tiger Global Management …
David Streitfeld / New York Times:
Profile of Stacy Mitchell, the driving force behind Athena, a coalition of ~50 labor, small business, and social justice groups aiming to curb Amazon's power  —  Stacy Mitchell knew that taking on a trillion-dollar company would be a lopsided fight.  But the pandemic has not only made Amazon more essential.
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Instagram founders Kevin Systrom and Mike Krieger launch Rt.live, an up-to-date tracker of how fast COVID-19 is spreading in each US state  —  Instagram founders Kevin Systrom and Mike Krieger have teamed up to launch their first product together since leaving the Facebook mothership.
Benedict Evans:
The pandemic has accelerated the adoption of tech and e-commerce that will impact the lives of people who aren't online, especially in the developed world  —  At the beginning of this year (which now feels like 100 years ago), I gave a presentation on macro trends in tech, at an event in Davos.
Ian Walker / Kotaku:
Riot launches one of the biggest bug bounty programs in gaming, offering up to $100K for finding security flaws in its controversial Vanguard anti-cheat system  —  Riot has posted one of the biggest—if not the biggest—bounties in gaming, offering people up to $100,000 if they can find …

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