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May 12, 2021, 3:20 AM

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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 …
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 …
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.
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.
Catalin Cimpanu / The Record:
Researcher discovers a series of vulnerabilities, known as Frag Attacks, impacting Wi-Fi devices from the past 24 years, even when WEP and WPA are activated  —  A Belgian security researcher has discovered a series of vulnerabilities that impact the WiFi standard, with some bugs dating …
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 …
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 …
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 …
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
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.
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
Riley de León / CNBC:
Online mortgage service Better.com to go public via a SPAC merger with Aurora Acquisition Corp. at $7.7B valuation; deal includes $1.5B SoftBank-led investment  —  - Digital mortgage lender Better will make its market debut by merging with Aurora Acquisition Corp., valuing the company at $7.7 billion.
Karin Matussek / Bloomberg:
German regulator orders Facebook to stop collecting users' WhatsApp data citing legality; Facebook says the claim is wrong and won't stop rollout of new ToS  —  - Hamburg regulator issues a three-month emergency order  — Watchdog calls new terms intransparent and overly broad
Michael Holden / Reuters:
UK unveils Online Safety Bill which would fine social media firms up to 10% of revenue or £18M if they fail to address online abuses such as racist hate crimes  —  LONDON (Reuters) - Britain said on Wednesday a planned new law would see social media companies fined up to 10% of turnover …
Eric Benjamin Seufert / Mobile Dev Memo:
Sara Fischer / Axios:
Sources: TikTok is testing a tool with a group of companies to help brands recruit employees, who can post video resumes in response to job listings  —  TikTok is testing a tool for brands to recruit employees, sources tell Axios.  —  Details: The pilot program is designed to help people find jobs …

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