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November 8, 2021, 8:05 PM

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Under the Hood:
Robinhood says an unauthorized party obtained a list of email addresses for ~5M users, full names for another ~2M users, and more info on ~310 others  —  Late in the evening of November 3, we experienced a data security incident.  An unauthorized third party obtained access to a limited amount …
Catalin Cimpanu / The Record:
Europol has arrested seven people suspected of helping REvil and GandCrab with over 7,000 cyberattacks since early 2019, in a Romanian-led investigation  —  Europol has announced today the arrests of seven suspects who worked as “affiliates” (partners) for a major ransomware cartel …
CNN:
US charges a Ukrainian suspect, arrested in Poland last month, and a Russian citizen over REvil attacks, and says it seized $6M in ransom payments  —  (CNN)Law enforcement officials have seized an estimated $6 million in ransom payments, and the US Justice Department is expected to announce Monday …
Alex Heath / The Verge:
Niantic launches Lightship, a platform to build “real-world metaverse” AR iOS and Android apps, and commits $20M to fund companies building AR apps  —  The maker of Pokémon Go wants to power future AR glasses.  —  Niantic is releasing a platform for building what it calls “real-world metaverse” apps.
Elizabeth Dwoskin / Washington Post:
Ex-Israeli soldiers say the country built a “Facebook for Palestinians” over the last two years to monitor Palestinians through facial recognition tech  —  HEBRON, West Bank — The Israeli military has been conducting a broad surveillance effort in the occupied West Bank …
Stephen Nellis / Reuters:
AMD touts Meta as a data center chip customer, as it targets Nvidia with new chips like MI200, a family of server accelerators to boost ML and other workloads  —  Advanced Micro Devices Inc (AMD.O) on Monday said it has won Meta Platforms Inc (FB.O) as a data center chip customer …
Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet:
Microsoft launches Visual Studio 2022, its first 64-bit version, with Hot Reload for making code changes while an app is running, and .NET 6, with Arm64 support  —  It's a big week for developers using Microsoft's Visual Studio and .NET platforms.  —  On November 8, Microsoft …
MacKenzie Sigalos / CNBC:
PayPal reports Q3 revenue of $6.18B, up 13% YoY, vs $6.23B est., Venmo payment volume up 36% YoY to $60B, says Venmo users can make Amazon purchases next year  —  - PayPal reported a 13% increase in year-over-year revenue for the third quarter.  — The company issued a fourth-quarter forecast …
Bloomberg:
An investor group led by Advent International, Permira Advisers, and others agrees to take McAfee private in a $14B+ deal that includes ~$4B in debt  —  An investor group led by buyout firms Advent International Corp., Permira Advisers and others agreed to take McAfee Corp. private in a deal …
Hirsh Chitkara / Protocol:
Even minor actions in an NFT game can be taxable events, an inconvenient reality exacerbated by the lack of raw transaction records from many NFT games  —  In a matter of months, NFT gaming became a multibillion-dollar industry by combining two things people already loved: video games and getting rich from crypto.

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