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May 13, 2021, 7:35 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 …
Arjun Kharpal / CNBC:
Cryptocurrency market loses as much $365B after Musk tweeted Tesla would be suspending car purchases with bitcoin; bitcoin, ether, and XRP all fell sharply  —  - Tesla CEO Elon Musk tweeted that the electric vehicle maker would suspend car purchases using bitcoin, citing environmental concerns.
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.
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Facebook's Diem says it has withdrawn its application for a Swiss payment license and will shift its operations to the US via a California state-chartered bank  —  - Diem, the digital currency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.
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.
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.
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 …
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 …
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 …
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.

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