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February 1, 2021, 8:45 AM

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Jeff Horwitz / Wall Street Journal:
In August, internal research at Facebook showed that ~70% of the platform's most active civic Groups were considered too toxic to recommend to users  —  The giant struggled to balance Mark Zuckerberg's free-expression mantra against findings that rabid partisanship had overrun a feature central to its future
Abner Li / 9to5Google:
Apple releases an iCloud Passwords browser extension for Chrome on Windows  —  Besides iTunes, Apple's biggest offering on Microsoft's operating system is the iCloud sync client for files, photos, and mail.  Apple is now extending its presence on Windows with an iCloud Passwords Chrome extension.
NetBlocks:
Network data indicates the onset of widespread internet disruptions in Myanmar amid reports of a military uprising and the detention of political leaders  —  Network data from the NetBlocks Internet Observatory indicate the onset of widespread internet disruptions in Myanmar on Sunday 31 January 2021 …
Dave Lee / Financial Times:
More than 2,000 police and fire departments in the US have now partnered with Amazon's Ring, with 1,189 new departments added over the past year  —  Controversial surveillance network has doubled in size in the country in the past year  —  More than 2,000 police and fire departments in the US …
Jeremy Horwitz / VentureBeat:
Australian cloud data analytics company Phocas Software raises AU$45M led by Ellerston Capital to accelerate its growth in the US and UK  —  Phocas Software's cloud data analytics tools might be best known in Australia, where they're used by Thermo Fisher Scientific, Fiskars Royal Doulton …
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Daniel Howley / Yahoo Finance:
Microsoft says revenue from its various cybersecurity offerings crossed $10B over the past 12 months, up 40% YoY and ~7% of its total revenue for the year  —  Microsoft (  —  MSFT) is officially a cybersecurity giant.  For the first time on Tuesday, Microsoft disclosed revenue from its various security offerings as
Maggie Miller / The Hill:
A look at the criticism in DC directed at CSET, a State Dept. bureau focused on cybersecurity and emerging technologies formed in the last days of Trump's admin  —  A newly established State Department bureau focused on cybersecurity and emerging technologies could give the Biden administration …

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