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February 20, 2022, 3:20 PM

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Will Gottsegen / CoinDesk:
OpenSea is investigating rumors of a smart contract exploit via a phishing attack; CEO says 32 users “signed a malicious payload” and some had NFTs stolen  —  Emails purporting to be from the NFT marketplace about a planned smart contract migration may have been a phishing attack.
New York Times:
A look at the challenges facing Trump's Truth Social app, including competition from Gettr and Parler and finding users willing to leave mainstream apps  —  Truth Social, the former president's hard-right alternative to Twitter, could open its doors next month.  But as businesses go, outrage may not be the best moneymaker.
Mark Gurman / Bloomberg:
Expected Mac 2022 lineup: Mac mini with M1 Pro and M2; 13" MacBook Pro, 24" iMac, and MacBook Air with M2; iMac Pro with M1 Pro and M1 Max; a half-sized Mac Pro  —  As Apple gears up for its first product launch event of the year, the spotlight turns to its 2022 Mac plans.
Steven Vaughan-Nichols / ZDNet:
Project Zero: Linux developers patch security holes faster than anyone else, in an average of 25 days vs. Google in 44 days, Apple in 69, and Microsoft in 83  —  Linux programmers do a better job of patching security holes than programmers at Apple, Google, and Microsoft.
Gertrude Chavez-Dreyfuss / Reuters:
Cryptocurrency infrastructure provider Fireblocks acquires First Digital, a stablecoin and digital asset payments technology service, sources say for $100M  —  Fireblocks, an infrastructure provider for cryptocurrencies, has acquired First Digital, a stablecoin and digital asset payments technology platform.
Scott Galloway / No Mercy / No Malice:
How Apple can hit $1T in revenue by 2030, from $366B in 2021, using its hardware expertise, high consumer trust, capital reserves, and more to enter new markets  —  Round numbers have no inherent meaning — they're a consequence of 10 fingers.  But they provide a benchmark, a way to focus our observations.
Ashley Carman / The Verge:
Spotify's Podsights and Chartable acquisitions set it up to better compete with YouTube, offering dependable programmatic ads and robust analytics to creators  —  Why the company went on a shopping spree  —  This story originally ran in Hot Pod, The Verge's preeminent audio industry newsletter.
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Interview with Nvidia CEO Jensen Huang on the company's strategy after its failed Arm bid, Omniverse's progress, and its bet on self-driving cars  —  Nvidia CEO Jensen Huang didn't get to fulfill his dream of acquiring Arm for $80 billion.  Regulators held the deal up and Huang called off the deal after “giving it our best shot.”
Mary Ann Azevedo / TechCrunch:
Sources: Better.com is preparing for layoffs that could affect as much as 40% to 50% of staff, as more senior executives depart including its finance VP  —  Things are getting worse at Better.  —  More executives have resigned from Better.com nearly three months after the online mortgage …
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