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May 28, 2021, 1:50 PM

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New York Times:
Microsoft: hackers behind SolarWinds recently breached State Department aid agency's email system to send emails with malicious code to NGOs critical of Putin  —  Microsoft reported that it had detected the intrusion and that the same hackers behind the earlier SolarWinds attack were responsible.
Bloomberg:
Sources: Apple is planning redesigned AirPods for 2021 and 2nd-gen AirPods Pro for 2022, which will include updated motion sensors for fitness tracking  —  - Company preparing to overhaul its entry-level wireless earbuds  — Apple also discussing new colors for AirPods Max headphones
Liam Tung / ZDNet:
Google says Chrome 91 has 23% faster performance thanks to Sparkplug, a new non-optimizing compiler for its V8 JavaScript engine  —  Google says its new JavaScript compiler saves 17 years of Chrome users' CPU time each day.  It should also benefit all Chromium browsers that use it.
Juli Clover / MacRumors:
Twitter Blue, Twitter's anticipated $2.99 monthly subscription tier, is now listed as an option in the iOS App Store, despite the feature not being live in-app  —  Twitter appears to have mistakenly confirmed its plans to launch a new subscription tier called “Twitter Blue,” with the new purchase option now listed in the iOS App Store.
Michael Luciano / Mediaite:
Rep. Matt Gaetz told the crowd at an America First rally that they have “an obligation” to use the Second Amendment against Big Tech companies  —  At an “America First” rally with Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) in Georgia, Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) ratcheted up the rhetoric …
Foeke Postma / bellingcat:
US soldiers at nuclear bases in Europe are inadvertently revealing secrets, like base installations, while using apps with publicly visible learning flashcards  —  For US soldiers tasked with the custody of nuclear weapons in Europe, the stakes are high.  Security protocols are lengthy, detailed and need to be known by heart.
Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols / ZDNet:
Have I Been Pwned goes open source, starting with the Pwned Password code; FBI to begin sharing compromised passwords discovered in investigations with the site  —  Want to find out if someone's stolen your user IDs and passwords?  Then you can use “Have I Been Pwned,” and now the code behind it is being open sourced.
Wall Street Journal:
Sources: Google is nearing a settlement of an antitrust case in France alleging it abused its power in online ads, and will likely pay a fine and make changes  —  French investigation alleged Google's ad server favored its own ad exchange  —  Alphabet Inc.'s Google is nearing a settlement …
Adrian Kingsley-Hughes / ZDNet:
Manish Singh / TechCrunch:
Sources: Google, Facebook, Telegram, LinkedIn, ShareChat, and Koo have either fully or partially complied with India's new IT rules; Twitter is yet to comply  —  Google, Facebook, Telegram, LinkedIn and Tiger Global-backed Indian startups ShareChat and Koo have either fully or partially complied …
Joel Rosenblatt / Bloomberg:
Gender pay gap lawsuit, filed by four ex-Google employees, granted class action status allowing plaintiffs to represent 10,800+ women and seek $600M+ in damages  —  - Suit represents 10,800 women seeking more than $600 million  — Company said it has spent eight years making sure pay is fair

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