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March 8, 2022, 2:05 AM

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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.
The Information:
Source: Google is in talks to acquire cybersecurity company Mandiant, after a February report indicated Microsoft acquisition talks; Mandiant's stock is up 15%+  —  Google is in talks to buy cybersecurity consultancy Mandiant, which two years ago discovered the infamous SolarWinds hack …
Joseph Menn / Washington Post:
Google: Russia's Fancy Bear launched phishing campaigns against Ukrainians before the invasion and Belarus' Ghostwriter targeted Ukrainian and Polish militaries  —  Belarus conducted widespread phishing attacks against members of the Polish military as well as Ukrainian officials …
Duncan Riley / SiliconANGLE:
Cloudflare, CrowdStrike, and Ping Identity form Critical Infrastructure Defense Project to offer their services free to vulnerable US industries like hospitals  —  Cloudflare Inc., CrowdStrike Holdings Inc. and Ping Identity Corp. today are teaming up to form the Critical Infrastructure Defense Project …
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.
Mark Gurman / Bloomberg:
Apple suspends Search Ads in Russia, putting current and future App Store advertising campaigns on hold in the country “until further notice”  —  Apple Inc. has suspended advertising on its App Store in Russia, a move that bars developers from placing ads in search results …
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 …
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.
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Instagram removes Boomerang and Hyperlapse from the App Store and Google Play, a week after Meta announced the company would shut down its IGTV app  —  A week after Instagram confirmed its plan to shut down its standalone IGTV app in order to better focus on initiatives, like Reels …
New York Times:
Aditya Hadi Pratama / Tech in Asia:
AI Rudder, which offers AI-powered B2C voice assistants in 15+ languages, raises a $50M Series B from Tiger Global, Sequoia Capital India, and Huashan Capital  —  AI Rudder, a Singapore-based AI startup, has raised US$50 million in series B funding from Tiger Global, Sequoia Capital India, and Huashan Capital.
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
London-based Thirdfort, which helps businesses reduce risk with automated ID verification, AML compliance, and source of funds checks, raises a $20M Series A  —  Money laundering has been a hot topic of late in the UK, which is facing pressure to not just make tighter rules to track …

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