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February 23, 2022, 8:02 PM

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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.
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:
Dan Goodin / Ars Technica:
The UK and US say they have identified “Cyclops Blink”, new botnet malware linked to Russian-backed Sandworm hacking group, which appears to replace VPNFilter  —  The Russian government's Sandworm group uses previously unseen Cyclops Blink.  —  Hackers for one of Russia's …
BBC:
Researcher posing as a 13-year-old girl used a Meta Quest to access VRChat, and witnessed virtual grooming, sexual material, a rape threat, racist insults  —  Some apps in the virtual-reality metaverse are “dangerous by design”, the NSPCC has warned in response to a BBC News investigation.
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 …
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 …
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.
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.
Rachel Treisman / NPR:
Center for Countering Digital Hate: Facebook did not label 50.5% of posts linking to 184 climate change denial articles from 10 publishers since May 2021  —  Facebook is falling short on its pledge to crack down on climate misinformation, according to a new analysis from a British watchdog group.
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 …
Andy Maxwell / TorrentFreak:
Reddit publishes its 2021 transparency report: 297M pieces of content were removed out of 5.8B total, 2,813 users and 2,625 subreddits were permanently banned  —  As one of the more popular user-submitted content sites on the internet today, Reddit and its community moderators have to work hard to keep the platform in order.
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.
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 …

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