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May 13, 2021, 1:40 AM

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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 …
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 …
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.
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 …
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.
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 …
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.
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 …
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.
Shiri Habib-Valdhorn / Globes Online:
SimilarWeb closes down 0.6% in its NYSE debut after raising $165M in its IPO at a valuation of ~$1.6B; its revenue in 2020 was $93.5M with a net loss of $22M  —  The Israel company, which has developed a platform for understanding online behavior by monitoring traffic on the web and mobile apps, has raised $165 million.
Benjamin Wallace / New York Magazine:
Behind the online battle between notable tech figures including A16Z partners and Balaji Srinivasan, and the journalists who report, and tweet, on the industry  —  Late last fall, the New York Times was preparing a bombshell article about Coinbase, a financial exchange that had become …
Neal St. Anthony / Star Tribune:
NetSPI, which provides penetration testing and vulnerability management services to enterprises, raises $90M; NetSPI expects sales of about $50M in 2021  —  It's the second large round of outside investment raised by NetSPI, a provider of cyber security services and tests for businesses and institutions.
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 …
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 …

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