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May 9, 2021, 10:15 PM

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David Pierce / Protocol:
Dogecoin dropped by about a third during Elon Musk's SNL appearance; Musk conceded during the skit that Dogecoin was merely a “hustle”  —  Saturday night was the moment it became absolutely undeniable: tech is culture now.  As Elon Musk took the stage on Saturday Night Live …
The Verge:
Clubhouse launches in beta on Android in the US, after more than a year of iOS exclusivity, but will remain invite-only  —  It's now available in the US and will roll out to other countries soon  —  After more than a year of iOS exclusivity, social audio platform Clubhouse is releasing its Android app.
Wall Street Journal:
Colonial Pipeline, which carries 45% of fuel consumed on the US East Coast, says it halted operations due to a ransomware attack  —  Colonial Pipeline carries roughly 45% of gasoline and diesel fuel consumed on the East Coast  —  The main pipeline carrying gasoline and diesel fuel …
Bloomberg:
Sources: cybercrime gang DarkSide, which caused Colonial Pipeline to halt operations, stole and encrypted ~100GB of data on Thursday before demanding a ransom  —  - Attackers stole nearly 100GB of data in two hours on Thursday  — Theft followed by locking of computers and ransom demand
José Adorno / 9to5Mac:
A German security researcher claims he was able to break into the microcontroller of Apple's AirTag, allowing him to modify its NFC URL  —  The Apple AirTag has been released almost ten days ago.  Since then, we have seen a user rebuilding an AirTag as a thinner card that fits into wallets …
Andrew J. Hawkins / The Verge:
Memo: California DMV says Tesla is at Level 2 currently after Tesla's head of Autopilot admits that Elon Musk has been exaggerating about “full self-driving”  —  'Elon's tweet does not match engineering reality'  —  Tesla CEO Elon Musk has been overstating the capabilities …
Amit Katwala / wired.co.uk:
DeepMind researchers are working with the UK's Premier League team Liverpool to explore the application of AI to help teams improve their soccer tactics  —  The Alphabet-owned company is working with Liverpool to apply AI smarts to the high-stakes world of football tactics
Jennifer Alsever / Fortune:
How publishers are using tech, including AI-generated voices for audiobooks, Google Lens AR, and Amazon's novella app Kindle Vella, to entice young readers  —  Our mission to make business better is fueled by readers like you.  To enjoy unlimited access to our journalism, subscribe today.
Mike Peterson / AppleInsider:
Apple seems to have privately given Zoom access to an iPad OS API allowing camera access in Split View, raising concerns about special treatment for some devs  —  Zoom appears to have been granted access to a previously unknown iPad software feature that allows camera access during Split View multitasking, one developer claims.
Angus Loten / Wall Street Journal:
IDC: companies around the world are on pace to spend $240.6B on edge computing through 2024, at a compound annual growth rate of more than 15%  —  Firms world-wide on pace to spend $240.6 billion on edge computing through 2024  —  Companies are expected to raise spending over the next few years …
Robert Hart / Forbes:
Study of 430K+ adolescents from the US and UK finds that there is “little evidence” of a link between teens' technology use and mental health problems  —  There is “little evidence” of a link between teens' technology use and mental health problems, according …

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