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May 28, 2021, 3:15 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.
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.
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 …
Bloomberg:
Sources: Apple tried to buy rap battle livestreaming service Verzuz before it was acquired in March by Triller  —  - Tech giant floated a lower price for Timbaland's platform  — Talks show Apple's continued interest in social music offering  —  Apple Inc. aimed to purchase …
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 …
Manish Singh / TechCrunch:
Sources: Google, Facebook, Telegram, LinkedIn, ShareChat, and Koo have either fully or partially complied with India's new IT rules; Twitter has yet to comply  —  Google, Facebook, Telegram, LinkedIn and Tiger Global-backed Indian startups ShareChat and Koo have either fully or partially complied …
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.
Adrian Kingsley-Hughes / ZDNet:

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