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March 18, 2022, 4:15 PM

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Joseph Cox / VICE:
A maintainer of the popular open-source networking tool node-ipc allegedly sabotaged its code to wipe data on computers that use the tool in Russia and Belarus  —  The shortsighted protest has caused a massive uproar in the open source community.  —  Joseph Cox
Andrew R. Chow / TIME:
Profile of Vitalik Buterin, who says he has decided to become “more risk-taking and less neutral” in order to more actively shape the future of Ethereum  —  In a few minutes, electronic music will start pulsing, stuffed animals will be flung through the air …
Barbara Krasnoff / The Verge:
Meta is locking out high-risk users who didn't activate Facebook Protect, after asking them to activate the security feature in a spam-like email in early March  —  And some can't get in even if they turned it on  —  Early in March, a bunch of Facebook users got a mysterious …
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Microsoft Edge now automatically fills in missing image alt text for screen readers on Windows, macOS, and Linux, to be read aloud for blind or 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.
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) …
Lily Hay Newman / Wired:
A look at the FIDO Alliance's vision of a passwordless future, based on a passkey-like “FIDO credential” manager that lets users easily switch between devices  —  After a decade of work, the FIDO Alliance says it's found the missing piece in the bridge to a password-free future.
James Ball / MIT Technology Review:
Russia's disconnection from Western online services adds to fears of a “splinternet”, or networks with incompatible protocols diverging from the 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.

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