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March 16, 2022, 8:15 AM

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Tom Warren / The Verge:
Microsoft says an ad in Windows 11 File Explorer “was not intended to be published externally and was turned off” after a Microsoft MVP found it in latest build  —  We may still see File Explorer ads in the future  —  Microsoft appears to be testing a new type of ad inside File Explorer on Windows 11.
Karissa Bell / Engadget:
Mark Zuckerberg says NFT support will be coming to Instagram over the next several months and that users will “be able to mint things within that environment”  —  Love them or hate them, NFTs will soon be coming to Instagram.  Speaking at SXSW, Mark Zuckerberg confirmed …
Abner Li / 9to5Google:
Google says Steam launched in alpha “on select Chromebooks”; code changes previously showed that the PC game store would require a high-performance Chromebook  —  The long-awaited availability of Steam on Chromebooks was just more or less announced (in alpha) at the 2022 Google for Games Developer Summit.
Sean Hollister / The Verge:
Sergiu Gatlan / BleepingComputer:
The FBI and CISA warn that Russian state-sponsored hackers accessed an unnamed NGO's network by exploiting default MFA protocols and the PrintNightmare flaw  —  The FBI says Russian state-backed hackers gained access to a non-governmental organization (NGO) cloud after enrolling their own device …
Kris Holt / Engadget:
Google Domains launches out of beta in 26 countries, after seven years, offering 300+ domain endings and “around-the-clock customer support from real people”  —  Seven long, long years ago, Google started offering users a way to buy a domain without having to deal with a host provider.
Chris Bengel / CBS Sports:
Spotify signs a sponsorship deal with FC Barcelona, including rebranding the soccer club's stadium to Spotify Camp Nou, reportedly worth $310M over four years  —  FC Barcelona have agreed to a sponsorship deal with Spotify to have the audio streaming platform become the club's main partner.
Douglas Soltys / BetaKit:
Montreal-based job search portal Talent.com raises a $120M Series B led by Inovia and discloses a $30M in debt finance it raised in January from BMO  —  Co-CEO says startup wants to be Pepsi to Indeed's Coke.  —  It has been a tumultuous few years for Montréal's Talent.com.
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Clive Thompson / Wired:
An in-depth look at GitHub's AI tool Copilot, which writes 35% of its users' code, and how such tools make programmers more efficient and democratize coding  —  OpenAI's new tool can autocomplete lines of programming or conjure software from a simple prompt.  It could also riddle the internet with even more bugs.
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Mia Sato / The Verge:
Several Patreon creators say Vimeo is forcing them to pay thousands of dollars per year for a custom plan, as Vimeo shifts its focus to large corporate clients  —  Popular Patreon creators are being hit with unexpected Vimeo price hikes as Vimeo shifts corporate strategy
Rest of World:
Six months after El Salvador adopted Bitcoin as legal tender, citizens, economists, and tech developers reflect on the country's glitch-plagued initiative  —  As El Salvador prepares to launch its ‘Bitcoin bond’, interviews with citizens, economists and technologists reveal cracks in the country's crypto revolution.
Thomas Brewster / Forbes:
A look at Ukraine's “invisible heroes”, its internet technicians who are risking their lives battling Russian hackers and avoiding bombs to keep Ukraine online  —  They're fixing internet in bombed-out buildings, finding rogue operators providing Russians with mobile connections and thwarting hackers.
Brian Heater / TechCrunch:
iUNU, whose LUNA robot moves on greenhouse roofs and uses AI to detect problems with plants and find spots that are ready to harvest, raises a $24M Series B  —  Not going to lie, iUNU (pronounced “you knew") is not the easiest name (further confusing matters is the presence of a robot called “LUNA").
Kyle Wiggers / VentureBeat:
Selector, which develops AI tools to let companies automate and improve IT operations, raises a $28M Series A, bringing its total funding to $33M  —  AIops — the practice of applying AI to automate and improve IT operations — has gained currency during the pandemic.

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