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May 14, 2021, 8:05 PM

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Catalin Cimpanu / The Record:
DarkSide, the gang behind Colonial attack, claims it lost control of web servers and funds, as researchers wonder whether a US takedown or exit scam is to blame  —  A day after US President Joe Biden said the US plans to disrupt the hackers behind the Colonial Pipeline cyberattack …
Dr. Tom Robinson / Elliptic Blog:
Analysis: the wallet used by DarkSide received a total of $17.5M in Bitcoin transactions since March, including a 75 BTC payment made by Colonial  —  Elliptic's Co-founder and Chief Scientist discusses cryptocurrency forensics, investigations, compliance, and sanctions.
Bloomberg:
BBC:
The Irish health service shuts down its IT system after a “significant” ransomware attack that is having a severe impact on health and social care services  —  Ireland's health service has temporarily shut down its IT system after what it described as a “significant ransomware attack”.
Nilay Patel / The Verge:
Starlink review: nice hardware yielding a moderately fast, inconsistent connection, and there are line-of-sight issues with even a tree able to block signal  —  The problem with reality is that it is very irritating.  —  In our imaginations, we might dream of a satellite internet system …
@antoniogm:
[Thread] Antonio García Martínez says he did not “part ways” with Apple, was fired in a snap decision, and Apple's statement on his exit is defamatory and false  —  I have thus far maintained my silence on the Apple situation as I've sought to settle things amicably with the company that I admired, and at which I hoped to build the future of ads privacy. As they however are not maintaining their silence on the matter, neither will I.
Ina Fried / Axios:
BuzzFeed News:
Reporters could quickly find Biden's Venmo account and the network of his social connections on Venmo, showing why the app's friends lists are a privacy issue  —  BuzzFeed News found President Joe Biden's Venmo account after less than 10 minutes of looking for it, revealing a network …
Reuters:
Ireland's High Court rejects Facebook's bid to block Data Protection Commissioner's decision that may force the company to stop sending EU user data to the US  —  Ireland's High Court on Friday rejected a Facebook bid to block an inquiry by the Irish data regulator that could halt Facebook's data flows …
Lauren Feiner / CNBC:
Google is leading an effort, supported by many tech giants, to maintain work authorization for tens of thousands of people whose spouses hold H-1B visas  —  - Google is leading an effort to maintain work authorization for tens of thousands of people whose spouses hold H-1B visas …
Adi Robertson / The Verge:
Roblox replaces the word “game” with “experience” on its website, after Apple argued at the Epic trial that Roblox developers don't make games  —  The word ‘game’ has been replaced by ‘experience’ across Roblox's website  —  Massively popular game creation tool Roblox …
Kyle Bradshaw / 9to5Google:
New Android beta APK for Apple Music describes two lossless audio options, “Lossless” and “High-Res Lossless”, at 24-bit/48 kHZ and 24-bit/192 kHz respectively  —  Earlier this month, our colleagues at 9to5Mac reported that Apple Music would be gaining “HiFi” streaming options, possibly with iOS 14.6.
Thomas Seal / Bloomberg:
Amazon says it will hire 10,000 more people in the UK, taking its total headcount in the country to 55K by the end of 2021  —  - Company said Thursday it would hire 75,000 logistics workers  — U.K. jobs to be in London, Manchester, Edinburgh, Cambridge

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