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July 19, 2021, 1:52 PM

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Dana Priest / Washington Post:
Investigation: Israel-based NSO Group's malware infected 23 phones belonging to government officials, reporters, execs, and activists, out of 67 checked  —  Dana Priest, a reporter at The Washington Post for 30 years, covers national security issues.  Recently, she has investigated Russian …
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Washington Post:
Of the 67 phones Amnesty's Security Lab probed, 34 were iPhones, of which 23 showed signs of a successful Pegasus infection and 11 showed attempts at infection  —  The text delivered last month to the iPhone 11 of Claude Mangin, the French wife of a political activist jailed in Morocco, made no sound.
Bill Marczak / @billmarczak:
[Thread] Amnesty International and Citizen Lab found zero-click iMessage exploits being deployed against iPhones, even with iOS 14.6, to install malware  —  THREAD with a couple of interesting bits from @AmnestyTech's new report on what they learned from looking for NSO Group's spyware on phones https://www.amnesty.org/...
Washington Post:
Phones of 22 Indian people, who were on a list of hundreds, were checked and 7 had been infected with NSO malware; the list included top opposition politicians  —  NEW DELHI — A powerful surveillance tool licensed only to governments was used to infiltrate mobile phones belonging …
Ina Fried / Axios:
US, NATO, and other allies collectively blame China for malicious cyberattacks, including a March attack that exploited a flaw in Microsoft's Exchange Server  —  The U.S., NATO and other allies are collectively calling out China for malicious cyberattacks, including a March attack that exploited a flaw in Microsoft's Exchange Server.
GlobeNewswire News Room:
Zoom says it will acquire Five9, which makes cloud-based call center software for sales, marketing, and support, in an all-stock deal valued at ~$14.7B  —  The combination of Zoom's robust communications platform with Five9's intelligent cloud contact center will enable organizations …
Maggie Fitzgerald / CNBC:
Filing: Robinhood is looking to raise as much as $2.3B in its IPO and sets a range of $38-$42 per share at a valuation as high as $35B  —  (Photo Illustration by Rafael Henrique/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images) … Robinhood is seeking a market valuation of as much as $35 billion …
Muvija M / Reuters:
Tencent to buy British video game developer Sumo Games for $1.27B, a 43% premium on Sumo's Friday closing price  —  Chinese tech giant Tencent Holdings (0700.HK) will buy video game company Sumo Group (SUMO.L) in a deal that values the British firm at 919 million pounds ($1.27 billion), the companies said on Monday.
Andrew Restuccia / Wall Street Journal:
Biden clarifies his Facebook criticism, says he meant top users spreading vaccine misinfo were “killing people”, and urges Facebook to reduce misinformation  —  President says company isn't to blame for deaths, but adds it needs to do more to stop social-media users from spreading falsities
Guy Rosen / About Facebook:
Mary Ann Azevedo / TechCrunch:
Rappi, a Colombian on-demand delivery startup, says it has raised $500M+ Series F led by T. Rowe Price at a $5.25B valuation, bringing its total raised to $2B+  —  Rappi, a Colombian on-demand delivery startup, has raised “over” $500 million at a $5.25 billion valuation in a Series G round led …
Reuters:
Filing: Duolingo plans to raise $485M+ in its IPO, sets a range of $85 to $95 per share at a valuation of up to $3.4B; Duolingo was last valued at $2.4B in Nov.  —  Language-learning app Duolingo Inc said on Monday it was aiming to be valued at up to $3.4 billion in its initial public offering in the United States.
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Brisbane, Australia-based Go1, which provides curated online learning materials and tools to businesses, raises $200M Series D, at a valuation of $1B+  —  Online learning continues to see a huge boost of attention and use in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic, and today a startup building tools specifically …
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