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March 20, 2022, 12:20 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:
CBS San Francisco:
A former Apple employee is facing federal charges for allegedly defrauding Apple out of $10M+ by 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 …
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.
Jay Peters / The Verge:
Google has begun rolling out a feature that lets users delete the last 15 minutes of their search history on Android, eight months after rolling it out for iOS  —  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 …
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
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.
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.
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 …
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 …

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