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March 18, 2022, 11:00 AM

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Sameer Manekar / Reuters:
The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission sues Meta claiming Facebook “aided and abetted” scam cryptocurrency ads with photos of famous Australians  —  Australian competition watchdog has begun proceedings against Facebook owner Meta Platforms Inc (FB.O) …
Rowland Manthorpe / Sky News:
The UK's Online Safety Bill, introduced to Parliament in hopes of sensible reform, is an unworkable compromise whose basic elements are shrouded in confusion  —  Even after years of debate, there remain substantive differences of opinion about the nature and purpose of the bill …
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Microsoft Edge now automatically generates image labels for screen readers on Windows, macOS, and Linux, improving the experience for blind and low vision users  —  Ideal for blind or low vision web users  —  More than half of the images on the web are missing alt text, according to Microsoft.
Leah Nylen / Politico:
Sources: the FTC will not challenge Amazon's MGM Studios acquisition as Lina Khan decided not to call for a vote, anticipating opposition from GOP commissioners  —  The Federal Trade Commission will not challenge Amazon's acquisition of MGM Studios after the agency's commissioners split on bringing a suit …
Jennifer Maas / Variety:
James Ball / MIT Technology Review:
Russia's disconnection from Western online services raises fears of a “splinternet”, networks with incompatible protocols diverging from today's global internet  —  If Russia disconnects from—or is booted from— the internet's governing bodies, the internet may never be the same again for any of us.
Lily Hay Newman / Wired:
A look at FIDO Alliance's vision of a passwordless future, based on a passkey-like “FIDO credential” manager to let users easily switch between multiple devices  —  After a decade of work, the FIDO Alliance says it's found the missing piece in the bridge to a password-free future.
Sam Schechner / Wall Street Journal:
Telegram has become an increasingly popular destination in Russia for unfiltered news; analysts say its estimated 40M users in Russia make it too big to ban  —  The social media and chat app has become an increasingly popular destination for unfiltered news, pro-Kremlin propaganda and everything in between
Eli Tan / CoinDesk:
C2X, which is building a gaming platform on the Terra blockchain, raises $25M through a private token sale led by FTX Ventures and others at a $500M valuation  —  FTX Ventures, Jump Crypto and Animoca Brands were among the purchasers in the sale that values CRX, a Hashed-advised gaming platform, at $500 million.
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 …
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