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July 31, 2021, 1:00 PM

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Associated Press:
DOJ: 27 US Attorney offices had at least one staffer's Microsoft email account breached from May and Dec. 2020 by Russian hackers as part of the SolarWinds hack  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — The Russian hackers behind the massive SolarWinds cyberespionage campaign broke into the email accounts …
Brian Merchant / VICE:
Metaverse, as Zuckerberg and others imagine, is an odd vision built from a compendium of juvenile fantasies, perceived market opportunities, and overt dystopias  —  Silicon Valley CEOs keep hailing its imminent arrival as they hawk digital goods, but the metaverse was a dystopian idea from its inception.
Nicholas Megaw / Financial Times:
Digital bank Monzo reveals a loss of £130M on £66M revenue for the year ended Feb. and says UK FCA is investigating it over potential money laundering breaches  —  Digital lender suffers second ‘going concern’ warning from auditors  —  The Financial Conduct Authority …
Telegram:
Telegram's latest update adds group video calls of up to 1,000 users with 30 simultaneous broadcasts, video messages, screen sharing during video calls, more  —  This update takes video to the next level.  Group video calls now have up to 1000 viewers, video messages record in higher quality …
Anna Nicolaou / Financial Times:
A look at the debate over Spotify's Discovery Mode, whereby artists are prioritized for reduced royalties, a key way for Spotify to improve margins  —  Executives complain new Discovery Mode is ‘payola’ but one Texas frontman sees it as the future  —  The Josh Abbott Band …
Paul Smith / Australian Financial Review:
Australia-based IntelligenceBank, a marketing software provider for brands, raises $37M from Five Elms Capital to help speed up its expansion in the US  —  IntelligenceBank, a Melbourne-based marketing operations platform that counts ANZ Bank, National Australia Bank, Suncorp, Bupa, KFC …
Dan Wang / Foreign Affairs:
How US sanctions forced Chinese companies to develop key tech themselves, aligning the companies' incentives with China's goal of economic self-sufficiency  —  In 2016, AlphaGo, a computer program developed by machine learning experts in London, beat the world's top players of the classical Chinese board game Go.
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