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March 16, 2022, 10:50 AM

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Dan Seifert / The Verge:
iPad Air (2022) review: fast with the M1 chip and great display but Touch ID is not as convenient as Face ID and the front camera is awkward in landscape mode  —  The new iPad Air is a blend of familiar features with predictable results  —  Much of the new iPad Air from Apple is a known quantity.
Sam Byford / The Verge:
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 …
Bloomberg:
Foxconn resumes partial operations at two Shenzhen campuses closed on Monday, one of which makes iPhones, after authorities approved its “closed loop” process  —  Apple Inc. supplier Foxconn Technology Group has resumed partial operations in the Chinese tech hub of Shenzhen …
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.
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 …
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:
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.
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.
Amanda Silberling / TechCrunch:
Linktree, which creates simple “link in bio” landing pages for people and companies, raises a $110M Series C led by Index and Coatue at a $1.3B valuation  —  Who would've thought that an entire swath of startups would spring up all because Instagram, TikTok and Twitter only let you link to one website in your bio?
More: Protocol
Thomas Brewster / Forbes:
A look at Ukraine's “invisible heroes”, internet technicians who are risking their lives avoiding bombs and thwarting Russian hackers 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").
More: GeekWire
Clive Thompson / Wired:
An in-depth look at GitHub and OpenAI's Copilot, which writes 35% of its users' code, and how AI tools can make developers 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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Andrés Engler / CoinDesk:
OXIO, a “carrier-as-a-service” company that lets brands launch mobile services by turning data into blockchain-based digital assets, raises a $40M Series B  —  The company's white label product allows any brand to serve as a mobile operator.  It's already working with Grupo Bimbo and other big brands in Mexico.
Rest of World:
Six months after El Salvador adopted bitcoin as legal tender, dozens of citizens, economists, and developers detail cracks in the country's crypto revolution  —  As El Salvador prepares to launch its ‘Bitcoin bond’, interviews with citizens, economists and technologists reveal cracks in the country's crypto revolution.
Jamie Crawley / CoinDesk:
Treehouse, which provides DeFi data analytics, raises an $18M seed led by an “undisclosed large fintech investor”, with Binance and others participating  —  Treehouse aims to provide retail investors the infrastructure needed for them to make informed decisions on their DeFi positions

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