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March 1, 2021, 10:00 AM

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Andy Greenberg / Wired:
The WikiLeaks-style group DDoSecrets claims that Parler-like site Gab has been breached and is now set to share 70GB of passwords, private posts, and more  —  The transparency group DDoSecrets says it will make the 70GB of passwords, private posts, and more available to researchers, journalists, and social scientists.
Jennifer Epstein / Bloomberg:
Pres. Biden says there should be “no coercion, no threats, no anti-union propaganda” by Amazon amid its warehouse workers' vote on whether to form a union in AL  —  - ‘The choice to join a union is up to the workers,’ Biden said  — Mail-in voting for 6,000 workers began in mid-February
Natalia Drozdiak / Bloomberg:
Swedish payments startup Klarna raises $1B at a valuation of $31B, triple its valuation in its last funding round in September  —  - Swedish firm raised $1 billion in new funding from investors  — Klarna to donate 1% of new funds to climate change initiatives
Kim Lyons / The Verge:
Verizon support advised its users in a now-deleted tweet to “turn on LTE”, which would turn off 5G, to preserve battery life  —  This, despite the carrier's relentless promotion of its 5G network  —  Despite its relentless promotion of 5G phones and the fact that it spent …
Catherine Shu / TechCrunch:
Sydney-based HR software developer Employment Hero raises $45M AUD Series D at a $250M+ AUD valuation led by SEEK  —  Businesses, and the tech platforms that support their operations, had to adapt quickly to the pandemic.  Ben Thompson, co-founder and chief executive officer …
Bob Davis / Wall Street Journal:
A look at Biden's efforts to partner with allies to boost key tech sectors and counter China, going beyond Trump-era measures like restricting sales of SMIC  —  Combined efforts in semiconductors, artificial intelligence seen as way to thwart Beijing's ambitions
Will Oremus / OneZero :
Twitter Super Follows and Clubhouse portend a shift from algorithmic, scale-focused, low-attention feeds to low-volume, high-attention relationships with users  —  Products like Clubhouse and Twitter's “Super Follows” offer a new kind of engagement  —  Open Facebook, Instagram, TikTok …
Antonio Garcia-Martinez / The Pull Request:
Q&A with Lambda School's Austen Allred on how the company helps bridge the class divide for students, like setting up bank accounts for those who don't have one  —  Austen Allred and the class escalator  —  Austen Allred is the CEO and founder of Lambda School, a unique coding school …

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