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March 17, 2022, 1:01 PM

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Nilay Patel / The Verge:
Apple Studio Display review: sharp 5K display but the webcam is terrible, no features like HDR, local dimming, and variable refresh rate, and is very expensive  —  A 5K iMac's panel, six speakers, three mics, and one terrible camera  —  Oh boy.  —  Look, people have wanted Apple to sell …
Monica Chin / The Verge:
Apple Mac Studio review: compact design with insanely fast M1 Ultra and great port selection but expensive and the graphics performance is not very impressive  —  This computer is a historic achievement  —  Apple's 2019 desktop release was supposed to be the computer that professional Mac users had been waiting for.
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Tech execs may face criminal prosecution or jail time for not abiding by Ofcom's decisions two months after the UK's Online Safety Bill passes and takes effect  —  Executives from Facebook parent Meta Platforms, TikTok and other big tech companies would face the prospect of jail time under sweeping …
Annabelle Dickson / Politico:
A profile of Nadine Dorries, who in her first six months as the UK's DCMS Secretary resurrected long-stalled tech legislation such as the Online Safety Bill  —  LONDON — Britain's digital minister has Big Tech in her sights — but critics worry she's not sufficiently across the details for her reforms to stick.
Jay Peters / The Verge:
Google schedules a virtual I/O 2022 for May 11 and May 12, with a limited live audience of Google employees and some partners  —  Registration opens this month  —  Google's big annual developer conference, Google I/O, will take place May 11th and 12th, the company announced Wednesday.
Jennifer Maas / Variety:
Amazon finalizes its $8.5B acquisition of MGM, two days after the deal received clearance from the EU's antitrust regulator  —  Amazon has closed its $8.5 billion acquisition of MGM, the companies said Thursday.  —  The pact was first announced in May and has been winding its way through the regulatory process.
Dan Goodin / Ars Technica:
Sophos details how scammers are abusing Apple's TestFlight and the Web Clips feature to trick iOS users into installing fake cryptocurrency apps  —  Getting past the App Store gatekeeper has always been tough.  Here are two new ways.  —  Scammers pushing iOS malware are stepping up their game …
Lucas Matney / TechCrunch:
Bored Ape Yacht Club launches ApeCoin, or $APE, with 1B in total supply, and forms the ApeCoin DAO, whose council members include Alexis Ohanian and Amy Wu  —  Even among the fastest-growing crypto startups, Yuga Labs has had a particularly explosive year.  —  The startup is behind …
Makena Kelly / The Verge:
Meta says it removed a deepfake video of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy asking Ukrainians to surrender, citing its misleading manipulated media policy  —  In the fake video, Zelenskyy surrenders to Russian invasion  —  On Wednesday, Facebook's parent company, Meta …
Chris Stokel-Walker / Input:
Clubhouse users in Russia are using the app to discuss the Russian invasion of Ukraine, as the app appears to evade censors due to its waning popularity  —  Masha, a 29-year-old scientist from St. Petersburg, Russia, is one of thousands of Russians who has joined protests against the invasion …
Eva Mathews / Reuters:
Qualcomm says it stopped selling products to Russian companies in compliance with US sanctions, donated to relief organizations, and matched employee donations  —  Chipmaker Qualcomm Inc (QCOM.O) said on Wednesday it has stopped selling its products to Russian companies in compliance …
Marie Dealessandri / GamesIndustry.biz:
Frvr, which distributes casual HTML games that can be played from a browser, raises $76M led by Hiro Capital  —  Investment will go towards securing “high quality” titles for its portfolio  —  Casual games platform Frvr raised $76 million in a funding round led by Hiro Capital.
Eliza Gkritsi / CoinDesk:
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy signs a law legalizing cryptocurrencies in the country, after parliament passed the virtual asset bill on February 17  —  Ukraine has received $100 million in crypto donations during its war with Russia.  —  Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy legalized crypto …

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