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March 7, 2022, 4:20 PM

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Scott Chipolina / Decrypt:
Coinbase blocks 25K+ addresses related to Russian individuals or entities believed to be engaged in illicit activity and shares them with the US government  —  Crypto exchange Coinbase has said it has blocked over 25,000 Russia-linked addresses it believes were associated with illicit activity.
Sam Byford / The Verge:
Samsung, Lenovo, and Microsoft commit to shipping Android 12L, featuring optimizations for tablets and foldables, for some of their devices later this year  —  The update is coming later this year  —  Samsung, Lenovo, and Microsoft are the first device manufacturers to commit to shipping Android 12L …
Corbin Davenport / XDA Developers:
Google releases Android 12L and a feature update for Pixel phones, including Live Caption reading typed responses aloud to callers, Duo screen sharing, and more  —  Google released the long-awaited Android 12L update on Monday, with many improvements to foldable phones, tablets, and other large-screen devices.
Bloomberg:
Samsung confirms a breach that exposed internal company data, including source code related to its Galaxy phones, but says users' personal data was not affected  —  Samsung Electronics Co. suffered a cybersecurity breach that exposed internal company data, including source code for the operation …
Ionut Ilascu / BleepingComputer:
New York Times:
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Apple begins rolling out Apple TV+ to Comcast's US video platforms and offers three months free to customers who sign up via their Xfinity device by April 25  —  The Apple TV Plus app will begin rolling out on Xfinity X1, Xfinity Flex and XClass TVs on March 7 and will be available across …
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:
Google says Chrome 99 on macOS outperforms Safari on WebKit's Speedometer 2.0 benchmark by 15%, scoring 300 points, the fastest performance of any browser yet  —  Version 100 of Google Chrome will launch within the next few weeks, but even after all of this time, there's still some room for speeding up the browser.
Yang Jie / Wall Street Journal:
A look at Apple's power over suppliers, which don't include its name in public filings and presentations to avoid accidentally revealing competitive information  —  A tech giant is known to billions, but suppliers hardly ever mention its name; ‘the honored North American customer’
Emily Nicolle / Bloomberg:
Crypto exchange FTX will start offering services in Europe and the Middle East; FTX Europe will be headquartered in Switzerland and have a base in Cyprus  —  Cryptocurrency exchange operator FTX Trading Ltd. is poised to start offering services in Europe and the Middle East …
Reuters:
Sydney-based Immutable, which develops NFT games and a service to speed up Ethereum transactions, raises a $200M Series C at a $2.5B valuation led by Temasek  —  Australian NFT startup Immutable has raised fresh funding from investors led by Singapore's Temasek in a round that values it at $2.5 billion …
Ilena Peng / Bloomberg:
VC firm Index Ventures halts investments in Russia indefinitely and says it will support portfolio companies that move teams and business out of the country  —  Index Ventures will stop investing in Russian companies indefinitely, signaling that the corporate boycott over the war in Ukraine is extending to venture capital.
The Generalist:
A deep dive on AngelList, including its ecosystem, origins, evolution, playbook, and separate entities AngelList Venture, AngelList Talent, and AngelList India  —  Naval Ravikant's company is both a unicorn and a creator of unicorns.  It may just be getting started.  —  In collaboration with Masterworks...
Ben Brody / Protocol:
Justice Clarence Thomas again argues that SCOTUS should take up a case to narrow the scope of Section 230, although not one specifically involving Meta  —  Conservative Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas argued once again on Monday that his colleagues should really take up a case …
Igor Bonifacic / Engadget:
Activision Blizzard and Epic Games suspend sales of their games in Russia; Activision Blizzard will also pause offering in-game microtransactions in the country  —  Activision Blizzard and Epic Games have joined a growing list of publishers suspending sales of their games in Russia due to the country's ongoing invasion of Ukraine.
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