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May 11, 2021, 9:20 PM

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Brian Krebs / Krebs on Security:
Deep dive on the DarkSide ransomware gang, which pressures victims into paying via phone calls by affiliates, DDoS attacks, and threats of tipping short sellers  —  The FBI confirmed this week that a relatively new ransomware group known as DarkSide is responsible for an attack …
Eamon Javers / CNBC:
Anna Cooban / Insider:
WhatsApp details the experience for those who don't agree to its new privacy policy, including losing access to calls, messages, and notifications  —  - WhatsApp will eventually stop users sending and receiving messages if they refuse a new privacy policy.  — If users do not agree to the policy …
Dr. Ian Cutress / AnandTech:
Intel unveils 11th-gen Core Tiger Lake-H 10nm mobile processors for desktop-caliber performance and gaming, with five consumer chips and five commercial ones  —  Ever since the launch of the first series of Intel Core 11th Generation Tiger Lake processors aimed at the ‘U-series’ 15 W market …
Monica Chin / The Verge:
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
YouTube plans to pay $100M to top creators on YouTube Shorts, its TikTok competitor, through 2022, starting in the next few months in the US and India  —  YouTube is giving its TikTok competitor, YouTube Shorts, an injection of cash to help it better compete with rivals.
Eric Benjamin Seufert / Mobile Dev Memo:
Kif Leswing / CNBC:
Apple says that ~1M new apps and ~1M app updates were rejected in 2020, 470,000+ developer accounts were terminated over fraud concerns, and more  —  - Apple said it rejected almost 1 million apps that were submitted to its App Store for the first time in 2020.
The Coinbase Blog:
Coinbase to ban pay negotiations in hiring and will offer the same pay to new hires in the same position and location; top performers to still get “multipliers”  —  Coinbase is always evolving.  In the last year, we've grown our headcount by 100%, hired in 6 new countries …
Sara Fischer / Axios:
Sources: TikTok is launching a tool for brands to recruit employees that it's currently beta testing with a group of companies  —  TikTok is testing a tool for brands to recruit employees, sources tell Axios.  —  Details: The pilot program is designed to help people find jobs on TikTok …
Stephen Shankland / CNET:
Zigbee Alliance renames as Connectivity Standards Alliance and unveils Matter, an interoperable connectivity standard to ship in smart home devices this year  —  An industry alliance sponsored by Apple, Google, Amazon and other tech companies will begin certifying smart home devices later this year …
Manish Singh / TechCrunch:
Google Pay users in the US can now send money to GPay users in India and Singapore; Google has partnered with Western Union and Wise to enable this feature  —  Google Pay users in the U.S. can now send money to GPay users in India and Singapore, Google said on Tuesday, making its first push into the remittances market.
Wall Street Journal:
Uber and Lyft will offer free rides to and from US vaccination sites until July 4, partnering with the Biden administration, which is providing site data  —  New transportation partnership comes as Biden administration explores ways to encourage people to get vaccinated
Karin Matussek / Bloomberg:
Facebook ordered to stop collecting German users' WhatsApp data by regulator, starting with a three-month emergency ban on the data collection  —  - Hamburg regulator issues a three-month emergency order  — Watchdog calls new terms intransparent and overly broad
James Vincent / The Verge:
HTC unveils the Vive Pro 2 VR headset with a 5K resolution display, 2448×2448 pixels per eye, a 120Hz refresh rate, and 120-degree FoV, coming June 4 for $799  —  Available to preorder today and on sale from June 4th for $799  —  HTC has unveiled the new Vive Pro 2 …
Adi Robertson / The Verge:
MK Manoylov / The Block:
eBay says it will allow NFTs to be sold on its platform and will add new “capabilities” for blockchain-driven collectibles in the coming months  —  The online sales platform eBay is now permitting the sale of non-fungible tokens (NFTs) for digital collectibles.
Tripp Mickle / Wall Street Journal:
Google says it plans to double the size of its team studying AI ethics in the coming years, as it looks to strengthen the group battered by recent controversies  —  CEO will boost operating budget of team tasked with evaluating code and product to avert discrimination and other problems
Stephen Nellis / Reuters:
Big chip buyers, including Apple and Google, are joining top chip-makers like Intel to create a lobbying group for chip manufacturing subsidies  —  (Reuters) - Some of the world's biggest chip buyers, including Apple Inc, Microsoft Corp and Alphabet Inc's Google, are joining top chip-makers …
Eyk Henning / Bloomberg:
Block.one is launching Bullish, a crypto exchange, in the second half of 2021, capitalized by about $10B in digital assets and cash  —  - Bullish exchange to launch in the second half of this year  — Funding round includes Alan Howard, Louis Bacon and Richard Li  —  Follow us @crypto for our full coverage.
Jessica Bursztynsky / CNBC:
Palantir reports Q1 revenue of $341M, up 49% YoY, with $208M from government and $133M from commercial sources; Palantir has 149 customers, up from 125 in 2020  —  - Palantir, the maker of software and analytics tools for the defense industry and large corporations, reported 49% revenue growth …

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