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March 21, 2022, 4:25 PM

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Joe Rossignol / MacRumors:
Apple's iCloud, App Store, Siri, Find My, Apple Maps, Music, Podcasts, and TV+ suffer outages; Apple's System Status page indicates the issues are now resolved  —  Apple is experiencing a widespread outage today, with a wide range of the company's services and apps down or experiencing issues currently.
John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
Apple drops the option to buy and rent content in the Apple TV app for Android TV and Google TV; sources: until recently Apple was exempt from Google's IAP cut  —  Rasmus Larsen, writing for FlatpanelsHD: … I can confirm via, as they say, sources familiar with the matter …
The White House:
The White House again warns that Russia may expand cyber attacks against the US, citing “evolving intelligence that the Russian Government is exploring options”  —  This is a critical moment to accelerate our work to improve domestic cybersecurity and bolster our national resilience.
Hartley Charlton / MacRumors:
A developer shows Apple's Studio Display has 64GB of onboard NAND storage but only uses 2GB; the 64GB might be related to the Studio Display's A13 Bionic chip  —  Apple's Studio Display contains 64GB of onboard storage, but only 2GB are actually used by the display, a developer has discovered.
Sarah McBride / Bloomberg:
Yuri Milner, the wealthy Russian who invested early in Twitter and Facebook through DST Global, is trying to distance himself from Kremlin-connected cash  —  Starting in the early 2010s, getting an invitation to Yuri Milner's château in Los Altos, Calif., meant you'd made it into Silicon Valley's …
Yueqi Yang / Bloomberg:
Goldman Sachs executes its first over-the-counter crypto options trade; partner Galaxy Digital calls the move the first such transaction by a major US bank  —  Goldman Sachs Group Inc. executed its first over-the-counter crypto options trade, a further step in its expansion of digital-asset offerings to Wall Street investors.
Lauren Kaori Gurley / VICE:
Google reaches a settlement, under NDA, with six engineers who revealed the company's 2018-2020 anti-union campaign; four fired engineers will not be reinstated  —  The high-profile National Labor Relations Board case involved Google employees who organized around ethical concerns at the company in 2019.
Reuters:
A Moscow court finds Meta guilty of “extremist activity”, applying the decision to the already-banned Facebook and Instagram; WhatsApp remains unaffected  —  A Moscow court on Monday labelled Meta Platforms Inc (FB.O) an “extremist organisation”, but said the decision would not apply …
Sebastian Sinclair / Blockworks:
FTX launches crypto exchange services in Australia, including crypto derivatives and spot market offerings; FTX Australia will be headquartered in Sydney  —  FTX is hoping to get ahead of the regulatory curve by appeasing policymakers and working “proactively” with regulators
Javier Espinoza / Financial Times:
As EU lawmakers expect to finalize the Digital Markets Act this week, big US tech companies shift from ineffective lobbying to figuring out how to comply  —  Brussels is set to finalise stringent new legislation targeting Silicon Valley giants, whose desperate lobbying has fallen on deaf ears

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