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February 17, 2022, 11:35 AM

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Eric Benjamin Seufert / Mobile Dev Memo:
Daisuke Wakabayashi / New York Times:
Lawrence Abrams / BleepingComputer:
Mozilla warns that Firefox and Chrome 100 versions may break some sites, including HBO Go and Yahoo, due to user-agent strings with three-digit version numbers  —  Mozilla is warning website developers that the upcoming Firefox 100 and Chrome 100 versions may break websites …
Helen Coster / Reuters:
Sources: Trump's Truth Social app has opened to around 500 beta testers, one year after Trump was banned from major social networks  —  Details about former U.S. President Donald Trump's new social media app are trickling out as about 500 beta testers have begun using an early version of “Truth Social,” two sources told Reuters.
Bloomberg:
Amazon reaches an agreement to accept Visa cards globally and will no longer charge Visa users an extra fee in Singapore and Australia  —  Amazon.com Inc. has agreed to accept Visa Inc.'s cards across its global network, settling a feud that threatened to damage the financial giant's business and disrupt e-commerce payments.
Frank Chaparro / The Block:
USDC stablecoin developer Circle says its forthcoming SPAC deal now values the company at $9B, up from $4.5B when the deal was announced  —  Circle — the firm behind stablecoin USDC — announced on Thursday that it has scrapped its previous deal with special purpose acquisition company …
Financial Times:
Memo: ISS tells clients that Apple investors should vote against Tim Cook's $99M pay and bonus package, citing “concern” over stock award Cook received in 2021  —  Institutional Shareholder Services expresses ‘concern’ at chief executive's stock award last year
Susan Dominus / New York Times:
A look at tech recruitment issues as the US unemployment rate for tech workers is 1.7% and 0.2% for cybersecurity experts, well below 4% for the general economy  —  Recruiters in tech are desperate for workers.  But candidates are the ones who hold all the power.
Reuters:
A profile of Saudi activist Loujain al-Hathloul, who helped trigger scrutiny of NSO Group after Citizen Lab found Pegasus malware on her iPhone  —  A single activist helped turn the tide against NSO Group, one of the world's most sophisticated spyware companies now facing a cascade of legal action …
Dan Primack / Axios:
Sequoia Capital to raise $500M to $600M for a fund focused on liquid crypto investments, along with a $900M-$950M Ecosystem Fund and $3.2B-$3.5B Expansion Fund  —  Sequoia Capital last fall disclosed plans to blow up the traditional VC model, saying it would form a single fund to hold …
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 …
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 …
Kurt Wagner / Bloomberg:
Mark Zuckerberg names Nick Clegg as President of Global Affairs, reporting to Zuckerberg, meaning less involvement in policy 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 …
Joe Williams / Bloomberg:
Okta's CMO leaves the company, replaced by its CDO, following numerous executive departures, including its CFO, president of tech, and SVP of product management  —  Okta Inc. Chief Marketing Officer Kendall Collins has left the company after less than a year in the role …
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 …
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. …
Nicole Wetsman / The Verge:
Tandem Diabetes Care says one of its apps got FDA clearance to program insulin delivery for the company's pump, the first such app to receive approval  —  t:slim X2 insulin pump users can use the app to program doses rather than the pump itself  —  The Food and Drug Administration cleared …
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 …
Ryan Lawler / Axios:
Found, which offers full-stack financial services for freelancers and contract workers, raises a $60M Series B led by Founders Fund  —  Banking and corporate cards have become big business for startups and small businesses — with companies like Ramp, Brex, and Airbase all raising gobs of cash …
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