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December 10, 2021, 12:15 PM

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LunaSec Blog:
A vulnerability in the Apache log4j Java logging library allows for remote code execution, with Steam, iCloud, Minecraft, and other services affected  —  A few hours ago, a -day exploit in the popular Java logging library, log4j, was tweeted along with a POC posted on GitHub that results …
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Google says it will release Google Play Games in 2022 as a native Windows app that brings Android games to Windows 10 and Windows 11  —  Google Play Games comes to PC next year  —  Google is planning to bring Android games to Windows PCs next year.  A Google Play Games app will be available in 2022 …
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BBC:
Analysis: English Premier League soccer fans have spent £262M+ on crypto-based fan tokens, often offered by Socios, as critics worry about fans being exploited  —  Football clubs have potentially made hundreds of millions of pounds selling controversial crypto “fan tokens”.
Sean Hollister / The Verge:
Epic v. Apple emails show Microsoft offered to bring triple-A, Xbox-exclusive games to iOS if Apple let its xCloud game streaming service into the App Store  —  Remember when Apple pretended like it would let cloud gaming services like Microsoft xCloud and Google Stadia into the App Store …
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Berlin-based instant grocery startup Flink raises a $750M Series B led by DoorDash at a $2.85B post-money valuation  —  Instant grocery delivery continues to be a very frothy market, but today comes news of a major funding round for one player in it that investors believe will still be standing after the hype has died down.
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:
Robust Intelligence, which helps businesses stress test their AI models, raises a $30M Series B led by Tiger Global  —  Robust Intelligence, an AI startup that helps businesses stress test their AI models and prevent them from failing, today announced that it has raised a $30 million Series B funding round led by Tiger Global.
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WABetaInfo:
WhatsApp begins a limited test of Meta's Novi digital wallet in the US, letting users send and receive USDP within a chat  —  Today, WhatsApp is finally announcing a small pilot program to some people in the US, that can finally use the Novi digital wallet within WhatsApp!
Packy McCormick / Not Boring:
Replit, a browser-based IDE for cross-platform collaborative coding, raises an $80M Series B led by Coatue at an $800M valuation  —  Replit Raises $80M Series B to Bring the Next Billion Software Creators Online … Hi friends 👋,  —  Happy Thursday!
Yogita Khatri / The Block:
Ethereum scaling startup Polygon acquires Mir Protocol, developer of ZK-rollup-based Ethereum scaling tech, for ~$400M; the deal was reached on November 26  —  Quick Take  — Polygon has acquired Ethereum scaling startup Mir Protocol for $400 million.  — The deal involves 190 million …
Financial Times:
How Syrian human rights group Mnemonic used AI trained on synthetic data to analyze videos for evidence that “cluster” weapon RBK-250 was used against civilians  —  Technique used to teach Tesla cars and Amazon Alexa has gathered evidence of weapons used against civilians
Kyle Wiggers / VentureBeat:
Boston-based conversational AI startup Posh Technologies raises a $27.5M Series A led by Canapi Ventures to fuel call center automation  —  As call volumes skyrocketed during the pandemic, contact centers turned to AI to help distribute the workload.  But even before the pandemic …

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