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March 20, 2022, 4:00 PM

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Mark Gurman / Bloomberg:
Now that Apple is making monitors again, the company should develop a mesh network version of the AirPort Extreme to compete with Google and Amazon routers  —  Apple's new monitor isn't getting off to a particularly strong start, but I still think the company should do more to bolster its Mac lineup …
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:
CBS San Francisco:
A former Apple employee faces federal charges for allegedly defrauding the company out of $10M+, taking kickbacks, stealing parts, evading taxes, and more  —  CUPERTINO (CBS SF) - A former Apple employee is facing federal charges after he allegedly defrauded the tech giant out of millions …
Jay Peters / The Verge:
Google begins rolling out a feature that lets users delete the last 15 minutes of their search history on Android, after rolling it out for iOS in July 2021  —  The feature came to the iOS app in July  —  Google is finally bringing the ability to delete the last 15 minutes of your search history …
Kevin Williams / Washington Post:
Limestone, Tennessee residents were promised economic benefits from a bitcoin mine, but now face constant noise pollution from its computers and cooling fans  —  LIMESTONE, Tenn. — It started as a low hum one day last spring.  Then it got louder, and soon some residents said the noise was like a jet engine idling on a nearby tarmac.
Alex Sherman / CNBC:
A look at the fallout between Bob Chapek and Bob Iger as Disney restructures for a world where streaming dominates and legacy distribution models fade away  —  Bob Iger, left, and Bob Chapek of Disney  —  April 12, 2020.  That's the day former Disney CEO Bob Iger's relationship …
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.
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 …
Charlie Warzel / The Atlantic:
Q&A with Second Life journalist Wagner James Au, on crypto-based metaverses, companies such as Meta struggling to foster healthy metaverse communities, and more  —  Welcome to Galaxy Brain—a newsletter from Charlie Warzel about technology, media, culture, and big ideas.  You can read what this is all about here.
Christopher Mims / Wall Street Journal:
How researchers are using self-supervised learning, a branch of AI that has proven effective for handling human language, to better understand animal sounds  —  New kinds of artificial intelligence are enabling scientists to better understand the sounds of the animal world, from whale songs to mouse squeaks
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 …
David McCabe / New York Times:
US judge dismisses a DC AG lawsuit against Amazon, which claimed that the company maintained a monopoly by locking wholesalers into anti-competitive agreements  —  The attorney general for the District of Columbia said Amazon made merchants on its site sell at the lowest price they charged on the web …

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