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July 11, 2021, 1:35 AM

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CNBC:
Biden signs an EO calling on regulators to enact reforms such as increasing scrutiny of tech mergers and focusing more on moves like “killer acquisitions”  —  - President Joe Biden signed a new executive order aimed at cracking down on anti-competitive practices in Big Tech, labor and numerous other sectors.
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Karen Hao / MIT Technology Review:
A look at startups like WellSaid Labs and VocaliD, which are building custom AI voice actors for digital assistants, video game characters, and corporate videos  —  A new wave of startups are using deep learning to build synthetic voice actors for digital assistants, video-game characters, and corporate videos.
Bloomberg:
Five former Kaseya employees say they have warned the company about its lax security practices, and were laid off or quit as Kaseya failed to address the issues  —  - Ransomware attack hit as many as 1,500 businesses this month  — Workers say Kaseya ignored warnings about key vulnerabilities
Carly Page / TechCrunch:
Jack Cable of Krebs Stamos Group launches Ransomwhere, a crowdsourced ransomware payment tracker; the site is already tracking $32M+ in ransom payments for 2021  —  Ransomware attacks, fueled by COVID-19 pandemic turbulence, have become a major money earner for cybercriminals, with the number of attacks rising in 2020.
Chris Metinko / Crunchbase News:
Analysis: in H1 2021, private funding for cybersecurity companies reached $9B, up more than 2x from H1 2020 and eclipsing record total of $7.8B for all of 2020  —  Perhaps the only thing more abundant than headlines about cyberattacks this year has been reports of record funding rounds …
Yoolim Lee / Bloomberg:
Report: mobile wallets became the most widely used payment method in 2019, 2.8B wallets were in use by the end of 2020; SE Asia is the fastest growing region  —  - Mobile wallets are now the most widely used payment method  — Chinese wallets not likely to dominate emerging Asia: study
Joseph Cox / VICE:
Phones with the “Anom” messaging app used in FBI and AFP's global sting are being sold on the secondary market, revealing the ArcaneOS operating system and more  —  ‘Anom’ phones used in an FBI honeypot are mysteriously showing up on the secondary market.  We bought one.  —  Joseph Cox

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