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March 8, 2022, 9:50 PM

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Monica Chin / The Verge:
Apple debuts Mac Studio, designed like a taller Mac mini, with M1 Max or Ultra, front and back ports, up to 128GB of 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 …
Devindra Hardawar / Engadget:
Apple details M1 Ultra, replacing the M1 Max as the top M1 chip, with 114B transistors, 128GB of 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.
Apple:
Apple says the Mac Studio starts at $1,999 with an M1 Max and at $3,999 with an M1 Ultra; the Studio Display costs $1,599  —  Mac Studio with M1 Max and the new M1 Ultra delivers unprecedented performance and extensive connectivity in an incredibly compact design
Benjamin Mayo / 9to5Mac:
Chance Miller / 9to5Mac:
Apple announces an updated iPhone SE with 5G, an A15 Bionic, 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.
Tim Hardwick / MacRumors:
Richard Lawler / The Verge:
After experiencing outages on Tuesday, Spotify and Discord say their services have been restored  —  Unrelated issues disconnected both services this afternoon  —  If you can't connect to Spotify or Discord, then no, it's not just you or your internet connection.  Both services acknowledged problems on Tuesday afternoon.
Mathew Di Salvo / Decrypt:
The SEC charges two siblings with defrauding investors out of $124M through their Ormeus Coin offering, alleging they acted as “modern-day snake-oil salesmen”  —  The “ground-breaking digital money system” Ormeus Coin was actually a scam, the SEC alleges.  —  In brief
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 …
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.
Mandiant:
Google acquires cybersecurity company Mandiant for ~$5.4B, or $23 per share, in an all-cash deal set to close 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
Joseph Cox / VICE:
Twitter launches a Tor onion service using a modified version of the Enterprise Onion Toolkit, letting users access Twitter via any Tor-compatible browser  —  The site may become the most significant onion service created if it allows people to access Twitter from censored countries.  —  Joseph Cox
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Amazon launches Amp, a mobile app that lets users host live “radio shows”, take calls, and play Amazon Music tracks; Amp is only available in a limited US beta  —  Amazon's Clubhouse competitor has arrived.  The retail giant on Tuesday launched a new mobile app called Amp …
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.
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 …

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