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March 29, 2021, 9:10 AM

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Jason Del Rey / Vox:
Sources: Amazon's recent tweets aimed at politicians came after Bezos told execs they were not pushing back enough on criticism that was inaccurate  —  Snarky tweets targeting Sens. Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren came after the CEO told executives they weren't pushing back hard enough on critics.
Matt Day / Bloomberg:
Nick Statt / The Verge:
Noor Zainab Hussain / Reuters:
Visa says it will allow the use of cryptocurrency USD Coin to settle transactions on its payment network and has launched a pilot program with Crypto.com  —  (Reuters) - Visa Inc said on Monday it will allow the use of the cryptocurrency USD Coin to settle transactions on its payment network …
Ax Sharma / BleepingComputer:
The official PHP Git repository was hacked to add backdoors to the PHP source code; the changes were “reverted right away”  —  In the latest software supply chain attack, the official PHP Git repository was hacked and the code base tampered with.
USA Today:
NY State launches first US “vaccine passport” app, Excelsior Pass, built on IBM's blockchain-based health pass platform, to be used initially at large venues  —  Starting Friday, New Yorkers will be able to pull up a code on their cell phone or a printout to prove they've …
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
UK-based used car marketplace Cazoo to go public on NYSE through a SPAC, valuing it at $7B and raising $1.6B  —  Cazoo, the UK used-car sales portal that has been on a major fundraising tear in the last year, will be next company to pursue more growth by way of a SPAC: the company today announced …
James Vincent / The Verge:
Boston Dynamics unveils Stretch, a robot that it says can move up to 800 boxes in warehouses  —  Stretch can shift up to 800 boxes an hour, comparable to a human  —  Boston Dynamics is best known for its robot dog Spot, a machine designed to work in a range of environments, from offshore oil rigs to deep underground mines.
Aaron Sankin / The Markup:
How Digital Advertising Alliance's AdChoices tool, which launched in 2010 to let users opt out of personalized ads, is undermined by its cookie-based approach  —  Let's just say it leaves a lot to be desired  —  Last year, while reporting a story about how the digital advertising industry burrowed …
Daisuke Wakabayashi / New York Times:
A look at Google's two-decade quest to challenge Amazon, as Google now tries to present itself as a cheaper and less restrictive option for independent sellers  —  Google presents itself to independent sellers as cheaper and less restrictive.  But it is not clear whether it can change people's habits of going straight to Amazon.
Cyrus Farivar / NBC News:
Analysis shows DoorDash has added supplemental local fees in 57 of the 68 locations that imposed caps on the size of commissions it could charge restaurants  —  OAKLAND, Calif.—For nearly a decade, Grand Lake Kitchen, across from picturesque Lake Merritt, where locals head for leisurely walks …

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