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February 17, 2022, 2:30 AM

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Kurt Wagner / Bloomberg:
Mark Zuckerberg names Nick Clegg as President of Global Affairs, which would mean less involvement in future policy decisions for Zuckerberg and Sandberg  —  Meta Platforms Inc. Chief Executive Officer Mark Zuckerberg has promoted his top policy executive, Nick Clegg, to an even greater role inside …
Daisuke Wakabayashi / New York Times:
Google plans to bring Privacy Sandbox to Android, preserving its Ad ID system for two years, and says it'll be less disruptive than ATT for advertisers and devs  —  It says it will give other companies plenty of time to adapt to changes to its Android software.  Similar changes made by Apple affected big internet companies.
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Microsoft releases a new Windows 11 Preview build with a customizable Start menu, five new touch gestures, Live Captions, Task Manager redesign, and more  —  Microsoft is also bringing drag and drop back to the taskbar  —  Microsoft is bringing new touch gestures, Start menu folders …
Corin Faife / The Verge:
CISA, FBI, and NSA say Russian state-sponsored hackers targeted US defense contractors for at least two years, acquiring export-controlled technology and more  —  The state-sponsored actors acquired information on weapons, aircraft design, and combat communications systems over a period of years
Drew Harwell / Washington Post:
Leaked pitch deck: Clearview AI told investors that it will have 100B facial photos in its database within a year, after growing to 10B+ since early 2020  —  The facial recognition company Clearview AI is telling investors it is on track to have 100 billion facial photos in its database within a year …
Ashley Carman / The Verge:
Spotify is acquiring Chartable and Podsights, two podcast analytics companies that let podcasters and networks include tags in shows to track listeners  —  Chartable and Podsights are being bought  —  Spotify is making more podcast acquisitions.  The company announced today it's acquiring …
CoinDesk:
Canadian authorities have ordered regulated financial firms to cease transactions from 34 crypto wallets, worth over $870K, tied to funding the “Freedom Convoy”  —  Bitcoin, Ethereum, Litecoin, Monero and Cardano addresses are all on the list.  —  The Ontario Provincial Police …
Jon Fingas / Engadget:
Twitter adds support for ethereum addresses for creator Tips, following its inclusion of bitcoin addresses, as well as support for payment services like Paytm  —  Twitter isn't limiting crypto fans to tipping with Bitcoin.  The social network has expanded its tipping options to let creators add their Ethereum address.
Kif Leswing / CNBC:
Nvidia reports Q4 revenue of $7.64B v. $7.42B est., up 53% YoY, Gaming revenue of $3.42B, up 37% YoY, and Data Center revenue of $3.26B, up 71% YoY  —  - Nvidia reported fiscal fourth-quarter earnings on Wednesday.  — Data center sales rose 71%.  — Nvidia has been boosted …
Casey Newton / Platformer:
Q&A with longtime Wikipedia contributor Molly White about her website “Web3 is going just great”, why Web3 won't create new Wikipedia-style projects, and more  —  Q&A with Molly White of Web 3 Is Going Just Great … Whenever a fresh disaster happens on the blockchain …
Tom Metcalf / Bloomberg:
Global financial watchdog FSB warns digital assets could soon threaten financial stability as they become more interconnected with the wider financial system  —  Global financial regulators said digital assets could soon threaten global financial stability due to their scale …
Wes Fenlon / PC Gamer:
Valve partners with iFixit to sell replacement parts for Steam Deck and Valve Index VR on iFixit.com  —  The news comes with a new teardown video of the hardware, too.  —  Audio player loading...  Last week Valve released the CAD files for the Steam Deck so that anyone can 3D-print their own system shell …
Mary Ann Azevedo / TechCrunch:
Denver-based Nomad, a startup that offers financial services for small-time landlords, renters, and potential home buyers, raises a $20M Series A  —  Nomad, a marketplace that aims to provide small-time rental property owners with “guaranteed rent,” has raised $20 million in a Series A funding round led by Silicon Valley Bank Capital.
Phelim Kine / Politico:
Experts say automated transcription app Otter.ai and its competitors offer only lax security that could endanger sources  —  Otter.ai has saved reporters countless hours transcribing interviews.  Caveat emptor.  —  Mustafa Aksu is a wanted man.  —  Though he lives in Washington, D.C. …
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Microsoft details changes to AltspaceVR to improve safety and moderation, including removing social spaces and making users sign in with a Microsoft account  —  You'll also need a Microsoft Account for AltspaceVR soon  —  Microsoft is removing all social hubs hosted in AltspaceVR …
Hayden Field / Morning Brew:
Q&A with Glen Neumann, creator of @ResNeXtGuesser, a Twitter bot that uses a neural network, ResNeXt, to attempt to correctly identify bizarre viral images  —  Computer engineer Glen Neumann breaks down ResNeXtGuesser, his bot that often hilariously reacts to bizarre images.
Cat Zakrzewski / Washington Post:
Senators Blumenthal (D) and Blackburn (R) unveil the Kids Online Safety Act, requiring platforms offer extra safety and privacy tools for users under 16  —  A bipartisan pair of senators on Wednesday unveiled a sweeping bill that aims to give parents more control over their children's time online …
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