December 11, 2021, 11:40 PM

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AWS blames its hours-long Tuesday outage on network devices overloading, plans to revamp its status page to address complaints about updates and support cases  —  - A major Amazon Web Services outage on Tuesday started after network devices got overloaded, the company said on Friday.
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A vulnerability in the Apache log4j Java logging library allows for remote code execution, impacting Steam, iCloud, Minecraft, and other services  —  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 …
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How the role of open-source maintainers could be professionalized, as the maintainer who fixed the log4j zero-day says he works on the project in his spare time  —  Open Source software runs the Internet, and by extension the economy.  This is an undisputed fact about reality in 2021.
Catalin Cimpanu / The Record:
The Apache Software Foundation releases a security fix for log4j zero-day, which was discovered during a bug bounty engagement against Minecraft servers  —  The Apache Software Foundation has released an emergency security update today to patch a zero-day vulnerability in Log4j, a Java library that provides logging capabilities.
Manish Singh / TechCrunch:
Narendra Modi's Twitter account was briefly compromised, tweeting that India had adopted bitcoin as legal tender and linking to a sketchy website  —  The Twitter account of India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi was “briefly compromised” on Sunday, his office said.
New York Times:
Investigation: a site providing directions on how to die is linked to at least ~45 suicides, as Google and Bing refuse to remove it absent a legal requirement  —  It has the trappings of popular social media, a young audience and explicit content on suicide that other sites don't allow.
Richa Naidu / Reuters:
Rescuers confirm at least six workers died in an Amazon warehouse hit by tornadoes in Illinois as search continues for more trapped workers  —  Six Inc (AMZN.O) workers were confirmed dead on Saturday after a series of tornadoes roared through a warehouse near St. Louis …
Mishaal Rahman:
How a bug in Android 10 and above, triggered by the user not being logged in to the Microsoft Teams app, could prevent 911 calls  —  On the 29th of November, Reddit user KitchenPicture 5849 posted a harrowing story about how their Pixel phone failed to connect to emergency services.
Cecilia Kang / New York Times:
Congressional hearings with tech CEOs and execs in the past few years have yielded no new laws amid partisan divides over issues like privacy and misinformation  —  Holding a hearing that humbles the most powerful business executives in the world is much easier than legislating.
Connie Loizos / TechCrunch:
TrueNorth, a logistics service for independent truckers, raises a $50M Series B led by the Altman brothers and former Stripe executive Lachy Groom  —  Jin Stedge studied aerospace engineering at MIT, but after she found herself at Scotty Labs, an SRI International spin-out focused on autonomous driving …
Ben Brody / Protocol:
Profile of the Coalition for App Fairness, a group launched by Epic, Spotify, Tile, Match Group, and others to fight Google and Apple's app store policies  —  When Kirsten Daru took a job as general counsel at Tile, she hadn't thought she'd still be using her background in antitrust …

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