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July 24, 2021, 7:10 PM

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Stephanie Kirchgaessner / The Guardian:
WhatsApp CEO says they had recorded an attack against 1,400 users over a two-week period in 2019, casting doubts on NSO's defense against Pegasus project claims  —  Will Cathcart claims government officials around the world among 1,400 WhatsApp users targeted in 2019
Kim Zetter / Zero Day:
Uncertainty about the nature of the list of 50K potential Pegasus targets created confusion and controversy, but doesn't negate the investigation's key findings  —  A series of blockbuster stories published this week around a leaked list of 50,000 phone numbers have created confusion …
Kris Holt / Engadget:
Mark Bergen / Bloomberg:
YouTube has avoided criticism by Biden and others for vaccine misinformation, after Biden criticized Facebook, possibly because its content is harder to track  —  Hi, it's Mark Bergen.  Erin Elizabeth was kicked off Facebook.  Elizabeth, owner of an alternative health blog, is one of the …
CNN:
Experts working with companies affected by the Kaseya ransomware attack say Kaseya is requiring companies to sign NDAs before providing access to decryption key  —  Washington (CNN)On Thursday, the software company Kaseya announced that it could help unlock any of its customers' systems …
Ashwin Rodrigues / VICE:
A look at the presence of crypto in hip-hop culture, beginning as early as 2013, including meme songs, rapper Nas's Coinbase investment, and illicit ICOs  —  Nas made a fortune with his Coinbase investment.  Soulja Boy claims to be the first to make a song about Bitcoin.  Big Sean is sending your girl Doge.
Apoorva Mittal / The Economic Times:
Data from Venture Intelligence shows Indian social commerce startups have raised $554M so far this year, up 7x from all of 2020  —  The amount is the highest since 2015 and seven times what these companies made a year ago  —  Social commerce startups have raked in $554 million this year as of July 16 …
Christine Hall / TechCrunch:
Sendlane, which helps e-commerce companies automate email and SMS marketing, raises $20M Series A; CEO says Sendlane, which is seeing $7M+ in ARR, is profitable  —  Sendlane, a San Diego-based multichannel marketing automation platform, announced Thursday it raised $20 million in Series A funding.
Source: SendlaneMore: Cheddar
Mitchell Clark / The Verge:
Facebook announces the Passthrough API, which allows Oculus Quest 2 developers to use real-world images collected via sensors to create mixed reality apps  —  Developers will get the experimental feature with Oculus' next SDK  —  Facebook announced a new API that will let developers incorporate video …

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