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March 8, 2022, 12:55 PM

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Mandiant:
Google plans to acquire cybersecurity company Mandiant for around $5.4B, or $23 per share, with the deal closing later in 2022; Mandiant will join Google Cloud  —  Acquisition to bring Google speed and scale to Mandiant's unparalleled intelligence and expertise - at a time when security has never been more important
Dan Goodin / Ars Technica:
Linux developers fix Dirty Pipe, a high-severity vulnerability in the kernel that let hackers carry out a host of malicious actions, like installing backdoors  —  Dirty Pipe has the potential to smudge people using Linux and Linux derivitives.  —  Linux has yet another high-severity vulnerability …
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Amazon launches Amp, an app that lets people host live “radio shows”, take calls, and play tracks licensed to Amazon Music; the app is not yet widely available  —  Amazon's Clubhouse competitor has arrived.  The retail giant on Tuesday launched a new mobile app called Amp …
Lauren Kaori Gurley / VICE:
Four Amazon delivery service partners in the US describe racking up debts of tens of thousands of dollars after the company abruptly terminated their contracts  —  Across the country, Amazon's delivery service partners, the small businesses, that exclusively deliver packages for Amazon …
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 …
Khari Johnson / Wired:
Three Black men discuss the impact of wrongful arrests made by police departments in New Jersey and Michigan using facial recognition tech  —  Robert Williams, Michael Oliver, and Nijeer Parks were misidentified by facial recognition software.  The impact cast a long shadow. … APPLICATION
Duncan Riley / SiliconANGLE:
Cloudflare, CrowdStrike, and Ping Identity form the Critical Infrastructure Defense Project, offering their services to US hospitals and utilities for free  —  Cloudflare Inc., CrowdStrike Holdings Inc. and Ping Identity Corp. today are teaming up to form the Critical Infrastructure Defense Project …
Emma Roth / The Verge:
Tech Transparency Project: Amazon employs five Chinese suppliers with ties to Uyghur labor camps; Amazon: “we take allegations of human rights abuses seriously”  —  Five suppliers ‘directly or indirectly’ involve forced labor  —  Amazon is allegedly employing suppliers in China …
Taylor Lorenz / Washington Post:
Twitter has hired Michael Sayman, formerly of Roblox, to work on experimental features as the company seeks to compete with TikTok for younger users  —  When Joss Robinson, 18, a freshman at the University of Connecticut, wants to catch up on what his friends are talking about, he often turns to Twitter.
Kyle Wiggers / VentureBeat:
Findem, which says its AI-based applicant tracking system can automate candidate engagement, analyze talent pools, and more, raises a $30M Series B  —  Hiring the right talent has rarely been easy, but in the midst of the “great resignation” — the record number of people leaving their jobs during …
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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.
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