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February 23, 2022, 2:30 PM

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Drew Harwell / Washington Post:
Trump's Truth Social has been almost entirely inaccessible in its first few days due to technical glitches, a 13-hour outage, and a 300,000-person waitlist  —  Former president Donald Trump, a longtime critic of how Democrats debuted Healthcare.gov, is facing a bungled website launch of his own.
Casey Newton / Platformer:
Truth Social, like Parler and Gettr, looks to be structured for mostly one-way communication, broadcast primarily to an audience of Trumpist dead-enders  —  Conservative alternative social networks keep making the same mistakes  —  I.  —  Today, let's talk about some of the less obvious ways …
Stuart A. Thompson / New York Times:
As Joe Rogan, Ben Shapiro, and other right-wing commentators sour on Google, some push DuckDuckGo as an alternative, arguing Google suppresses results  —  The embrace by some conservative influencers and conspiracy theorists is part of a broader effort to shift people away from Big Tech.
Chaim Gartenberg / The Verge:
Intel debuts 12th Gen Alder Lake P-series and U-series CPUs for thinner and lighter laptops, claiming up to 70% better multi-threaded performance over 11th Gen  —  Laptop P-series and U-series chips teased at CES 2022 will arrive in March  —  Intel launched the first wave of its 12th …
Dina Bass / Bloomberg:
Microsoft adds Google Cloud support to its Defender for Cloud tool that finds and monitors security weak spots, three months after adding AWS support  —  Microsoft Corp. is expanding its product for finding and monitoring security weak spots in cloud-computing to include rival Alphabet Inc.'s Google Cloud Platform.
Stephen Totilo / Axios:
SEC filing: Activision CEO Bobby Kotick would get $15M if Microsoft fires him without cause; Phil Spencer began acquisition talks three days after WSJ's exposé  —  There are big potential payouts ahead for controversial Activision Blizzard CEO Bobby Kotick, according to an extensive SEC filing …
Kellen Browning / New York Times:
Despite letting some employees permanently work from home, tech companies are spending billions of dollars expanding their office spaces across the US  —  Even as they allow some employees to change how often they come into the office, tech companies are rapidly buying and leasing properties around the country.
Emily Nicolle / Bloomberg:
DappRadar: OpenSea's seven-day trading volume is down 37%, as active traders dropped 19% to ~227K, after a hacker used a phishing attack to steal 254 NFTs  —  Activity on OpenSea, the world's largest marketplace for digital collectibles, likely dropped precipitously after a phishing attack …
Jillian Deutsch / Bloomberg:
The EU unveils the Data Act, setting rules on how companies can access anonymized data; cloud providers like AWS and Azure would be forced to simplify switching  —  The European Union unveiled new rules that will make it easier for users to transfer data generated from products like Amazon.com Inc.'s Alexa or a Tesla Inc. vehicle.
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Secureframe, which helps companies comply with HIPAA, SOC 2, and other standards, raises a $56M Series B led by Accomplice, bringing its total funding to $78.5M  —  Meeting compliance standards like HIPAA and SOC 2 can be a critical — and often mandatory — part of the matrix of boxes …
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
BlueVoyant, which provides managed security and threat intelligence services to SMBs, raises a $250M Series D at a $1B+ valuation  —  Cybersecurity continues to be a pernicious and complex problem, for enterprises, and today a company that's building a multi-faceted toolkit to help them address …
Peter Wayner / VentureBeat:
Redpanda, a data streaming service formerly known as Vectorized, raises a $50M Series B led by GV  —  Today, Redpanda Data, the data streaming platform formerly known as Vectorized, announced a successful $50 million series B round.  The company's main product offers a simpler mechanism …

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