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February 22, 2022, 2:30 PM

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The Verge:
Sony reveals the PlayStation VR2's design: lighter, with a lens adjustment dial, new vent layout, and similar white-and-black color scheme  —  This is the PlayStation VR2  —  Sony has finally revealed the design of its next-generation PlayStation VR2 headset, after it announced it in February 2021 …
Laura Shin / Forbes:
An investigation suggests that Austrian programmer Toby Hoenisch was likely behind The DAO's 2016 hack that diverted 3.64M ETH, now worth $11B  —  Who hacked The DAO in 2016, diverting 3.6 million ether?  We identify the apparent hacker — he denies it — by following a complicated trail …
Joan E. Solsman / CNET:
Spotify says Car Thing is now on sale in the US for $90, after its April 2021 announcement; in a few weeks, a software update will add Audible support and more  —  Two million raced onto a waitlist for Spotify's first hardware.  Now that it's on sale, Spotify's real road test must prove Car Thing's more than a goofy name.
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Meta rolls out Facebook Reels to over 150 countries, following the feature's US launch in September 2021, alongside new creative tools and ad formats  —  After publicly launching in the U.S. this past September, Facebook Reels today is becoming globally available in over 150 countries.
Zack Whittaker / TechCrunch:
A look at nine Android spyware apps, installed on ~400K phones, which connect to servers controlled by Vietnam-based 1Byte and share a critical security flaw  —  A fleet of spyware apps share the same security flaw  —  Much of the spyware you hear of today are the powerful nation-state backed exploits …
The Verge:
Some Slack users have been unable to reliably send messages or even load the service for over an hour; Slack acknowledges the issue and says it's investigating  —  If you've been having trouble contacting co-workers, this may be why  —  Slack is experiencing some issues …
Queenie Wong / CNET:
Natasha Lomas / TechCrunch:
Berlin-based Zenjob, which offers a marketplace that connects students looking for a side job with over 2,500 companies, raises a $50M Series D led by Aragon  —  More money for casual job-matching in Europe: Zenjob, a marketplace platform that targets students looking for side jobs in sectors like retail …
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Paul Alcorn / Tom's Hardware:
Intel details its new bitcoin mining Bonanza Mine ASICs, claiming 300 of the chips consume 3,600 watts and deliver up to 40 terahashes per second of performance  —  Intel's 3,600-watt Bitcoin-mining powerhouse  —  At ISSCC 2022, Intel shared the deep-dive details of its new Bitcoin-mining Bonanza Mine ASICs …

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