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December 12, 2021, 6:20 PM

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Filippo Valsorda / Filippo.io:
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.
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.
Richa Naidu / Reuters:
Rescuers confirm at least six workers died in an Amazon warehouse hit by tornadoes in Illinois; authorities shift from rescue to recovery efforts  —  Six Amazon.com Inc (AMZN.O) workers were confirmed dead on Saturday after a series of tornadoes roared through a warehouse near St. Louis …
CNBC:
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.
Founder Collective:
Analysis of 166 tech IPOs from 2010 to 2019: the 30 most valuable startups raised half as much capital and produced nearly 4X the value as the 30 most funded  —  Does raising a large amount of capital make a startup more likely to succeed?  Is capital a weapon?  Do startup founders need to “go big or go home?”
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.
Heejin Kim / Bloomberg:
Samsung names its newly merged smartphone, consumer electronics, and home appliances businesses the DX (Device eXperience) Division  —  Samsung Electronics Co. named its newly merged mobile-phone and home-appliances businesses “DX Division” as the tech giant moves to strengthen its corporate structure.
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.
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 …

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