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May 12, 2021, 10:10 PM

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Sean O'Kane / The Verge:
Elon Musk says Tesla no longer accepts bitcoin for vehicle purchases due to its environmental cost, is looking at more environmentally friendly cryptocurrencies  —  Tesla has stopped accepting bitcoin as payment for its cars out of concern that it will contribute to greater consumption of fossil fuels …
Kevin Collier / NBC News:
Colonial Pipeline says it has restarted operations, after being shut down for five days due to DarkSide's ransomware attack  —  Colonial Pipeline, operator of the largest U.S. fuel pipeline, said Wednesday it is restarting operations after being shut down for five days due to a cyberattack.
Ina Fried / Axios:
Apple says it parted ways with recent hire Antonio García Martínez, an ex-Facebook staffer and author, after employee petition citing “misogynistic statements”  —  Apple has severed ties with recent hire Antonio Garcia-Martinez, a former Facebook employee and author …
The Verge:
Ellen Nakashima / Washington Post:
Biden signs EO to strengthen US cyber defenses, including the development of cybersecurity standards for software companies that sell to the government  —  President Biden signed an executive order Wednesday aimed at shoring up the federal government's digital defenses as his administration grapples …
Adi Robertson / The Verge:
Epic v. Apple is shining a light on Apple's anti-steering rules, which prevent developers from pointing users to better deals on their website or elsewhere  —  Would ending anti-steering rules fix the App Store?  —  Last week, the judge in Epic v. Apple asked whether Epic really had an antitrust case …
Bloomberg:
US agrees to remove Xiaomi from blacklist that could have restricted American investment in the company, following Xiaomi's lawsuit earlier this year  —  - U.S. to vacate order designating company as military-linked  — Xiaomi had sued U.S. government following the Trump order
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 …
Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet:
Microsoft is shutting down its Azure Blockchain Service on September 10, six years after initial launch, and no new deployments are being supported as of May 10  —  Six years after its initial launch, Microsoft's Azure Blockhain as a Service is going to be shut down this September.
Allison Johnson / The Verge:
Review of Asus' new ZenFone 8 flagship, available for $599-$799: thoughtful and compact design, robust build, and great performance, but battery life is average  —  The ZenFone 8 delivers flagship-level build quality and performance in a small package  —  After a couple of generations making phones …
Benjamin Mayo / 9to5Mac:
Researcher details an exploit for Apple's Find My network that allows packets of arbitrary data to be transmitted by simulating a Find My broadcast  —  The Find My network is used by Apple to report locations of items and devices via the data connection of any nearby iPhone, Mac, or other Apple device.
Sonia Faleiro / Rest of World:
An in-depth look at how a team of fact-checkers at Alt News in India is struggling against misinformation spread by the ruling BJP party on Facebook services  —  As the pandemic rages across the country, one team of fact-checkers contends with a post-truth dystopia.
Dieter Bohn / The Verge:
Amazon updates the Echo Show 8 and 5 with better cameras, the ability to turn on Alexa's security mode, and adds a $95 Kids Edition of the Echo Show 5  —  Plus a price drop for the Echo Show 5  —  Amazon is refreshing a handful of products in its Echo line: the Echo Show 8 and Echo Show 5 …
Ashley Carman / The Verge:
Instagram will let users list up to four pronouns on their profiles, viewable to friends or the public, available in a “few countries”  —  You can make this public or only viewable to friends  —  Instagram is making it easier to address people by their defined pronouns.
Issie Lapowsky / Protocol:
The US cable industry sees Biden's broadband plan as a grave threat because its language favors fiber and prioritizes funding for locally owned networks  —  The Biden administration's broadband plan read like a dream come true to Donnel Baird.  The $2 trillion American Jobs Plan …
Maya Gebeily / Reuters:
Instagram and Twitter apologize for deleting pro-Palestinian posts, blaming technical errors, but critics say their “discriminatory” algorithms are to blame  —  Instagram and Twitter have blamed technical errors for deleting posts mentioning the possible eviction of Palestinians …
Catalin Cimpanu / The Record:
FBI warns that cybercriminals are abusing search ads to promote phishing sites, often targeting banks, a growing trend since at least mid-2020  —  The Federal Bureau of Investigation says that cybercrime gangs are using search results and search engine ads to lure victims on phishing sites …
Erika Kinetz / Associated Press:
Investigation: an army of fake bots covertly amplify Chinese propaganda on Twitter by retweeting posts from diplomats and state media tens of thousands of times  —  BRUSSELS (AP) — China's ruling Communist Party has opened a new front in its long, ambitious war to shape global public opinion: Western social media.
Sam Schechner / Wall Street Journal:
Amazon wins appeal over $300M EU tax bill, as EU court annuls a 2017 decision, saying regulators had failed to prove that the company got an illegal advantage  —  Ruling deals a setback to EU competition chief who is seeking to rein in U.S. tech giants  —  Amazon. com Inc. struck a new blow …
Ryan Browne / CNBC:
Facebook's Diem says it has withdrawn its application for a Swiss payment license and will shift its operations to the US via a California state-chartered bank  —  - Diem, the digital currency project backed by Facebook, has abandoned plans to secure a payment license from Switzerland's FINMA watchdog.

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