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November 15, 2021, 2:05 AM

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Brian Krebs / Krebs on Security:
The person claiming responsibility for the FBI email server hack says they were able to send spam messages by abusing insecure code in the FBI's LEEP portal  —  The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) confirmed today that its fbi.gov domain name and Internet address were used to blast …
Ionut Ilascu / BleepingComputer:
FBI email servers were hacked to send spam warning of a “sophisticated chain attack”, with a likely goal to discredit security researcher Vinny Troia  —  The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) email servers were hacked to distribute spam email impersonating FBI warnings …
John Koetsier / Forbes:
Some subscription app developers suspect Apple is buying Google ads that send users to their apps in the App Store, to protect its cut by decreasing web signups  —  Apple is secretly buying Google ads for high-value apps to collect potentially millions of dollars in subscription revenue, multiple app publishers have told me.
Wolfie Zhao / The Block:
Taproot, the first major upgrade to Bitcoin's code since the introduction of Segregated Witness in 2017, goes live  —  Taproot, Bitcoin's long-anticipated code upgrade with a focus on enhancing the network's privacy and security, has been activated.  —  The upgrade went live …
CNBC:
Agreements between Apple and some states to offer digital IDs in Wallet show states covering the costs of issuing the IDs and Apple approving marketing efforts  —  - Apple requires states to maintain the systems needed to issue and service credentials at taxpayer expense, according to contracts signed by four states.
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Pigment, a business planning and forecasting service that integrates data from many platforms including Snowflake and Salesforce, raises a $73M Series B  —  The last 20 months of living in the midst of Covid-19, with all its unexpected developments, have been a challenge for many organizations when it comes to planning for the future.
Mark Gurman / Bloomberg:
A look at the brewing rivalry between Meta and Apple over VR and AR headsets, smartwatches, smart home devices, and digital services  —  Apple and Meta are heading toward a collision course around wearables, AR/VR headsets and home devices.  Also: Netflix and Apple mend fences around billing …
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New York Times:
Apple, Spotify, and other companies that distribute podcasts have done little to rein in COVID-19 misinformation, escaping the scrutiny social media giants face  —  False statements about vaccines have spread on the “Wild West” of media, even as some hosts die of virus complications.
Will Oremus / Washington Post:
Internal documents show Facebook defends algorithmic ranking because its data suggests that its algorithm knows what users want better than they do themselves  —  In at least two experiments over the years, Facebook has explored what happens when it turns off its controversial news feed ranking system …
Larry Dignan / ZDNet:
IBM debuts 127-qubit Eagle quantum processor coming to select members of the IBM Quantum Network in December, and previews next-gen IBM Quantum System Two  —  According to IBM, Eagle leverages new techniques that place control components on multiple physical levels while keeping qubits on a single layer.

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