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March 17, 2022, 5:25 PM

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Nilay Patel / The Verge:
Apple Studio Display review: sharp 5K screen but an awful webcam, no HDR, local dimming, or variable refresh rate, and pricey at $1,600 plus a $400 height stand  —  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 a lighting fast M1 Ultra and great port selection but expensive, not modular, and unimpressive graphics performance  —  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.
Matthew Panzarino / TechCrunch:
An interview with three Apple executives about the Pro Workflows Team designing and developing the Mac Studio, Studio Display webcam quality issues, and more  —  Apple's powerful, capable Mac Studio bears the fruit of a listening attitude  —  The seeds of the Mac Studio were planted 5 years ago next month …
Jennifer Maas / Variety:
Jay Peters / The Verge:
Google rolls out Android 13 Developer Preview 2, adding a feature requiring apps to ask permission to post notifications, Bluetooth LE Audio support, and more  —  The feature is included in the second developer preview  —  Google is releasing the second Android 13 developer preview on Thursday …
Dan Goodin / Ars Technica:
Sophos details how the CryptoRom scam campaign is abusing Apple's TestFlight and 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 …
Carly Page / TechCrunch:
Google details Exotic Lily, a “financially-motivated threat actor” that works as an initial access broker for Russian hackers and ransomware gangs like Conti  —  Google's Threat Analysis Group has observed a financially-motivated threat actor working as an intermediary for the Russian hackers …
Lucas Matney / TechCrunch:
Ethereum L2 scaling startup Optimism raises a $150M Series B led by Andreessen Horowitz and Paradigm at a $1.65B valuation  —  Throughout the most recent crypto bull run, plenty of new crypto users have interacted with the Ethereum network for the first time and have been surprised to find sluggish, expensive transactions.
The Information:
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 …
Vlad Savov / Bloomberg:
Counterpoint: iPhones accounted for 37% of global 5G handset sales in January 2022, as 5G phones surpassed half of global smartphone sales for the first time  —  Apple Inc.'s iPhones led the mobile industry to a milestone in January, when handsets with fifth-generation cellular networking accounted …
Chris Stokel-Walker / Input:
Anti-war Russians are using Clubhouse to discuss Russia's invasion of Ukraine as the app doesn't seem to be on the radar of the country's social media censors  —  Masha, a 29-year-old scientist from St. Petersburg, Russia, is one of thousands of Russians who has joined protests against the invasion …
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.
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.
More: VentureBeat and GameranxTweets: @gibiz
Bloomberg:
Russian rapid grocery delivery service Buyk files for bankruptcy after Russia's sanctions restricted access to funding; Buyk recently furloughed ~900 employees  —  Rapid grocery delivery app Buyk Corp. filed for bankruptcy on Thursday after fallout from Russia's invasion of Ukraine restricted the startup's access to funding.
Reuters:
Russia's central bank gives the country's largest bank, Sberbank, a license to issue and exchange digital financial assets  —  Russia's central bank on Thursday said it had given major lender Sberbank a licence to issue and exchange digital financial assets, a move that may open new opportunities …

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