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March 16, 2021, 6:40 AM

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Joseph Cox / VICE:
Hacker paid a company called Sakari $16 to reroute a reporter's texts and used SMS 2FA to break into his accounts, showing the need for regulation of SMS tools  —  A gaping flaw in SMS lets hackers take over phone numbers in minutes,by simply paying a company to reroute text messages.  —  Joseph Cox
News Corp:
News Corp says it has reached a three-year deal with Facebook to provide news to Facebook users in Australia through the Facebook News product  —  Expands News Corp-Facebook Connection, Which Began With Deal In US  —  New York, NY (March 15, 2021) - News Corp announced today that it has reached …
Rita Liao / TechCrunch:
Signal app and website are unavailable in China but the app is still available in the App Store; Greatfire says Signal's website was banned on March 15  —  Chinese users of the instant messenger Signal knew that the good times wouldn't last long.  The app, which is used for encrypted conversations …
Nick Statt / The Verge:
Lawrence Abrams / BleepingComputer:
Microsoft releases one-click Exchange On-Premises Mitigation Tool to help businesses, who don't have expertise, easily patch recently disclosed vulnerabilities  —  Microsoft has released a one-click Exchange On-premises Mitigation Tool (EOMT) tool to allow small business owners to easily mitigate …
Natasha Mascarenhas / TechCrunch:
Gumroad, which helps creators sell their works, raised $5M via the SEC's new rules, which raised equity crowdfunding from $1.07M to $5M per year on March 15  —  New SEC equity crowdfunding rules open the door to welcome non-accredited investors  —  Gumroad, a startup that helps creators sell their work …
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Reports claim that an Nvidia test driver for developers to test the Windows Subsystem for Linux can unlock the RTX 3060's Ethereum cryptomining performance  —  Nvidia probably didn't mean to do this  —  Nvidia implemented a special system to reduce the hash rate of Ethereum mining on its new RTX 3060 graphics card last month.
Financial Times:
Sources: Tencent and ByteDance are a testing a new tool called CAID, developed by the China Advertising Association, to bypass Apple's IDFA ad privacy changes  —  ByteDance and Tencent see if they can keep tracking iPhone users with solution created by state-backed group
Andrew J. Hawkins / The Verge:
Cruise acquires Voyage in another autonomous vehicle startup merger; Voyage focuses on fleets of low-speed vehicles making trips to retirement communities  —  Dense, urban testing meets low-speed retirement community testing  —  Cruise, a majority-owned subsidiary of General Motors …
Yonhap News Agency:
Sources: Google will lower its commission on all in-app purchases from 30% to 15% in South Korea for developers with less than $1M annual sales, starting July 1  —  Global tech giant Google pushs to lower its planned commission rate for app developers, parliamentary and industry sources said Monday …
Tyler Sonnemaker / Business Insider Australia:
30 current and former Mailchimp staffers detail the conditions that led to a “mass exodus” of women and people of color, including high profile execs, directors  —  - Women and people of color have left Mailchimp in droves in recent months.  — Those who spoke to Insider …
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Adobe data on US e-commerce: consumers spent $844B online from March 2020 to February 2021, up $183B YoY, and are on track to spend over $1T annually by 2022  —  The COVID-19 pandemic boosted U.S. online shopping by $183 billion, according to a new report by Adobe's e-commerce division, released this morning.
Queenie Wong / CNET:
Facebook debuts tools to promote COVID-19 vaccinations: helping US users find slots, partnering with health authorities on WhatsApp, labeling all vaccine posts  —  Facebook said Monday it's releasing new tools to make it easier for people to get vaccinated against COVID-19 …
Elizabeth Dwoskin / Washington Post:
Megan Rose Dickey / TechCrunch:
GitHub says the employee who was fired for saying “Nazis” on Slack after January 6 Capitol attack declined to take his job back  —  GitHub has reached an “amicable resolution” with the person the company fired in the aftermath of the attack on the U.S. Capitol in January, the former employee told TechCrunch.
More: The Verge
Kati Pohjanpalo / Bloomberg:
Nokia says it plans to cut up to 10,000 jobs, or 10% of its global workforce, in a bid to save $715M by 2023, following a disappointing annual report  —  Nokia Oyj will cut as many as 10,000 jobs in the coming years so it can invest more in the race to win orders for 5G networks.
More: Reuters

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