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March 19, 2022, 2:40 PM

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Mitchell Clark / The Verge:
CEO Pavel Durov says Telegram was unresponsive to Brazil's Supreme Court because the court used the wrong email address, apologizes, and asks for a ruling delay  —  Telegram's founder and CEO Pavel Durov has just put out a statement about why Brazil's Supreme Court is now suspending the app, and the reason is incredible.
Reuters:
Brazil's Supreme Court orders the shutdown of Telegram for not adhering to judicial orders, gives phone carriers, Apple, and Google five days to block the app  —  Brazilian Supreme Court Justice Alexandre de Moraes ordered the suspension of messaging app Telegram, following a request …
Edward Ongweso Jr / VICE:
SXSW shows crypto and the metaverse are underwhelming, mundane, and pathetic; the biggest boosters are rich enough to generate interest but not social utility  —  The first SXSW in three years was taken over by crypto-mania fueled by marketing hype.  —  It did not really hit …
Patrick Howell O'Neill / MIT Technology Review:
The US is shifting its cybersecurity strategy from relying on companies' voluntary cooperation toward stronger oversight, minimum security standards, and more  —  The specter of Russian hackers and an overreliance on voluntary cooperation from the private sector means officials are finally prepared to get tough.
Adnan Bhat / Rest of World:
Doctors say the rise of fantasy sports apps has led to a spike in gambling addiction in India, where gambling is illegal but fantasy gaming has no clear laws  —  All forms of gambling are illegal in India but there are no clear laws when it comes to fantasy gaming, which is quickly becoming a threat.
Andrew R. Chow / TIME:
A profile of Vitalik Buterin, who says he decided “to try to be more risk-taking and less neutral” to shape Ethereum with “lots of good crazy and bad crazy”  —  In a few minutes, electronic music will start pulsing, stuffed animals will be flung through the air …
Joseph Cox / VICE:
A developer 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.  —  A technologist and maintainer …

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