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February 23, 2021, 4:05 AM

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ABC:
Australia says Facebook agreed to reinstate news content in Australia in the coming days after the government promised amendments to its proposed media bill  —  We acknowledge Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as the First Australians and Traditional Custodians of the lands where we live, learn, and work.
Alex Barker / Financial Times:
Microsoft partners with EU publishing lobbyists to push for payment for news content amid Australia's effort to force Facebook and Google to share their revenue  —  Seattle-based company aligns with press industry and exploits rivals' difficulties  —  Microsoft has joined forces …
Chris Welch / The Verge:
Spotify says it will launch a subscription later this year called HiFi that will offer “CD-quality, lossless audio”; Spotify currently tops out at 320kbps audio  —  Your turn, Apple Music  —  Spotify is going hi-fi.  Well, “HiFi.”  It's taken longer than competitors like Tidal …
The Verge:
Epic will give Fortnite and Rocket League players who have bought loot boxes ~$8 worth of credits and set aside $26M+ for claims to settle a class action suit  —  The class action settlement also provides an additional $26 million in benefits  —  Epic Games will give Fortnite players 1,000 V-Bucks …
Sami Fathi / MacRumors:
Gartner: in Q4 2020, Apple sold 80M new iPhones globally, overtaking Samsung to become the largest smartphone vendor, increasing its market share by ~15%  —  Apple overtook Samsung to become the largest smartphone vendor worldwide in the fourth quarter of 2020, a feat not achieved by Apple since 2016 …
Mickey Rapkin / Esquire:
Profile of Mike Winkelmann, aka Beeple, who has made millions of dollars by selling and auctioning his digital art on marketplaces for non-fungible tokens  —  He's a dad from Wisconsin who drives a “piece of shit” Corolla.  And his brilliantly absurd artwork has made him the face of a crypto market you didn't know existed.
Andy Greenberg / Wired:
Researchers say China used NSA's EpMe exploit to attack Windows devices for years before the Shadow Brokers leaked the agency's zero-day toolkit online  —  The hackers used the agency's EpMe exploit to attack Windows devices years before the Shadow Brokers leaked the agency's zero-day arsenal online.
Jimmy Jenkins / KJZZ:
Whistleblowers: Arizona's inmate management software has been unable to interpret sentencing laws since 2019, leaving hundreds eligible for release incarcerated  —  According to Arizona Department of Corrections whistleblowers, hundreds of incarcerated people who should be eligible for release …
VICE:
Researchers say a change in iOS 14.5 beta, which improves how iOS handles pointers, makes sandbox escapes and “0-click” attacks much harder to pull off  —  Multiple exploit developers tell Motherboard an upcoming change in iOS could make zero-click exploits harder to pull off.
Malcolm Owen / AppleInsider:
Apple says it has revoked certificates for dev accounts used by the creator of the “Silver Sparrow” malware, effectively preventing new Macs from being infected  —  Following the discovery of a new and unusual malware that had the potential to attack Macs running on Apple Silicon …
Jason Cipriani / ZDNet:
Samsung extends security updates for Galaxy phones released in 2019 or later from three years to a “minimum of four”  —  Previously, Samsung only guaranteed security updates for 3 years.  —  Samsung on Monday announced that it's extending the amount of time it will provide security updates …
Zachary Fryer-Biggs / Washington Post:
As autonomous war tech advances, the US military must confront complex ethical issues, like how much control to give machines to kill on the battlefield  —  Maybe the autonomous weapons being developed by the Pentagon will be better than humans at making moral decisions.  Or maybe they'll be a nightmare come to life.
Jon Porter / The Verge:
Huawei unveils the foldable Mate X2 with an exterior 6.5" screen and interior 8" screen, both with 90Hz refresh rates, available in China from $2,785  —  Announced today for release in China  —  Huawei has announced the Mate X2, its first all-new foldable device since 2019's Mate X …

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