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March 20, 2022, 12:35 AM

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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 …
S.I. Rosenbaum / Input:
A look at TropeTrainer, beloved Torah learning software that helped rabbis prepare kids for bar and bat mitzvahs, which became obsolete after its creator died  —  I can tell you what TropeTrainer was, what it did, and what it meant to people.  I can tell you about the person who made it …
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 …
Washington Post:
Mykhailo Fedorov says the quality of Starlink is excellent, as Ukrainians use the terminals to stay online; source says there are 5K+ terminals in the country  —  Elon Musk recently challenged Russian President Vladimir Putin to a one-handed fistfight for the future of Ukraine.
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.
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 …

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