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December 13, 2021, 4:05 AM

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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.
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 …
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.
Financial Times:
Interview with UK's GCHQ head about the agency's upcoming cyber strategy, issues with state-sponsored digital currencies, hacking firms like NSO, and more  —  GCHQ head warns technology could allow Beijing to monitor users and exert control over global currency transactions
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?”
Sha Hua / Wall Street Journal:
Sources: Alibaba fired a female employee who accused a supervisor of rape, allegations that triggered widespread debate in July over workplace sexual misconduct  —  In dismissal notice, Chinese e-commerce giant alleges she spread false information that damaged the company's reputation

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