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February 24, 2022, 9:10 AM

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Jonathan Greig / ZDNet:
Several Ukrainian government sites have been disrupted by DDoS attacks; researchers discover new data wiper malware installed on hundreds of Ukrainian machines  —  Cloudflare said the attack was “relatively modest compared to large DDoS attacks we've handled in the past.”
Arjun Kharpal / CNBC:
As Russia attacks Ukraine, Bitcoin falls 5%+, slightly above a one-month low, Ether drops 8%+, and others crash, wiping $150B off the crypto market in 24 hours  —  - Bitcoin fell to a one-month low on Thursday with other cryptocurrencies including ether plunged.
New York Times:
Experts say Russia could use cryptocurrency to minimize the impact of US sanctions, including a forthcoming digital ruble and spoils from ransomware attacks  —  Russian companies have many cryptocurrency tools at their disposal to evade sanctions, including a so-called digital ruble and ransomware.
Elizabeth Culliford / Reuters:
Adi Robertson / The Verge:
Mark Zuckerberg showcases a concept for voice-controlled VR space generated by AI, plans for a universal language translator, and more in a Meta livestream  —  'Let's go to the beach'  —  Meta is testing an artificial intelligence system that lets people build parts of virtual worlds by describing them …
Shirin Ghaffary / Vox:
Meta says it has been developing CAIRaoke, a self-supervised learning AI neural model used to power a voice assistant for the company's AR/VR products  —  This key part of his plan for the metaverse could analyze your voice, eye movements, and body language.
Dan Goodin / Ars Technica:
The UK and the US identify “Cyclops Blink”, botnet malware tied to the Russian-backed Sandworm hacking group that has been circulating for almost three years  —  The Russian government's Sandworm group uses previously unseen Cyclops Blink.  —  Hackers for one of Russia's …
Todd Bishop / GeekWire:
Seattle-based Fabric, which offers e-commerce tools for merchants, raises a $140M Series C led by Vision Fund 2 at a $1.5B valuation  —  Fabric, a Seattle-based e-commerce technology startup run by a growing roster of former Amazon executives, announced a $140 million Series C funding round …
More: TechCrunch and Reuters
Jennifer Elias / CNBC:
Google reverses course on requiring COVID-19 vaccination for US employees and restores perks at its headquarters as the company prepares to bring back workers  —  - Google's real estate VP told San Francisco Bay Area employees that Covid-19 risk has fallen low enough to reinstate the buzzy …
Sam Byford / The Verge:
Oppo unveils its flagship Find X5 Pro with a 6.7-inch display, updated design, Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, 5,000mAh battery, and 12GB RAM; release and price are TBC  —  A slight but solid upgrade  —  After extensive leaks and teases, Oppo has officially announced the Find X5 Pro, its flagship phone for 2022.
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Stockholm-based Depict.ai, which helps e-commerce websites with product recommendations, raises a $17M Series A led by Tiger Global  —  Amazon rules the roost when it comes to e-commerce, not just because of its size but because of how it uses that to amass large amounts information …
More: Tech.eu
Brittany Roston / SlashGear:
Microsoft teams up with Twitch to bring back integrated Twitch streaming to Xbox, available on all Xbox One, Xbox Series S and X consoles  —  Streamers dedicated to the Xbox system can rejoice: the company says Twitch integration is returning to the Xbox Dashboard.

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