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March 8, 2022, 1:57 PM

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Apple / YouTube:
Livestream of Apple's “Peek Performance” event  —  Watch the special Apple Event.March 8, 2022, at 10 a.m. PST.Set a reminder and we'll send you an update before the show.
The Verge:
Live blog of Apple's “Peek Performance” event, where an updated iPhone SE, iPad Air, and new Macs are expected  —  The time has come for Apple's first product announcement event of 2022.  Though the company has been characteristically tight-lipped about what we can expect to see at this event …
Monica Chin / The Verge:
Apple debuts Mac Studio with Mac mini-like design, M1 Max or Ultra, front- and back-facing ports, up to 128GB unified memory, and support for four 6K displays  —  It's a Mac Mini but way more powerful  —  Apple has announced the Mac Studio, a desktop system that looks like the Mac Mini …
Brian Steinberg / Variety:
Apple announces Friday Night Baseball on Apple TV+, comprising two exclusive Major League Baseball games every week  —  Apple has snared rights to a Friday-night package of Major League Baseball games, extending Silicon Valley's reach into the world of sports.
Devindra Hardawar / Engadget:
Apple details M1 Ultra, replacing the M1 Max as the top M1 chip, with 114B transistors, 128GB unified memory, 16 performance cores, and four efficiency cores  —  Apple rocked the computing world with its M1 chip, the first “Apple Silicon” hardware that turned the MacBook Air, Mac Mini and other computers into portable powerhouses.
Chance Miller / 9to5Mac:
Apple announces an updated iPhone SE with 5G, a six-core A15, the classic Touch ID home button design, a 12MP camera, and more, shipping on March 18 for $429  —  Apple has officially announced it's all-new iPhone SE with an A15 Bionic chip.  The design is the same as the previous-generation iPhone SE.
Jon Porter / The Verge:
Apple announces an updated iPad Air with M1, 5G, a 12MP ultra-wide front camera, and more, starting at $599 in 64GB or 256GB versions, available on March 18  —  A year and a half after its last model  —  Apple has announced an update to the iPad Air a year and a half after it gave the tablet an iPad Pro-style redesign.
Tim Hardwick / MacRumors:
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 …
Carly Page / TechCrunch:
Mandiant says Chinese actor APT41 breached at least six US state networks between May 2021 and February 2022, using vulnerabilities including Log4Shell  —  The prolific China APT41 hacking group, known for carrying out espionage in parallel with financially motivated operations …
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.
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
Tony Lystra / GeekWire:
Seattle-based Swiftly, which provides software for brick-and-mortar grocery retailers, raises a $100M Series B led by Wormhole Capital  —  Swiftly, a Seattle startup that provides software to brick-and-mortar grocery retailers such as Family Dollar and The Save Mart Companies, raised $100 million in a Series B funding round.

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