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March 20, 2022, 9:45 AM

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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 …
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.
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.
Katie Palmer / STAT:
Doctors often use Google Translate to talk with non-English speaking patients, but researchers say inaccurate results are common and can lead to serious errors  —  The patient had just undergone a cesarean section, and now was struggling to put words to her pain in her native Taiwanese.
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.
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 …
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 …
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.

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