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March 22, 2022, 8:10 PM

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Lawrence Abrams / BleepingComputer:
The Lapsus$ group releases Microsoft source code, claiming it contains ~37GB of code for Bing, Cortana, and 250+ web or mobile projects  —  The Lapsus$ hacking group claims to have leaked the source code for Bing, Cortana, and other projects stolen from Microsoft's internal Azure DevOps server.
Juli Clover / MacRumors:
For the second day in a row, many Apple services, including the App Store and Music, were disrupted; Apple's System Status page says the issues are resolved  —  Apple's services and apps appear to be experiencing yet another outage, with complaints on Twitter about problems with Apple Maps …
Kate Rooney / CNBC:
Crypto VC Katie Haun, who left a16z in 2021, raises $1.5B, the largest debut fund by a female VC yet, allotting $500M for early- and $1B for late-stage startups  —  - Crypto investor Katie Haun has raised $1.5 billion for her new firm after a surprise departure from Andreessen Horowitz last year.
Jacob Kastrenakes / The Verge:
Yuga Labs, the owner of three of the top NFT brands including Bored Ape Yacht Club, raises $450M at a $4B valuation led by a16z to build an NFT media empire  —  The funding values Yuga Labs at $4 billion  —  Yuga Labs, the owner of three of the biggest NFT brands on the market …
Kyle Wiggers / VentureBeat:
Nvidia announces its next-gen Hopper GPU architecture, optimized for AI workloads, and the first graphics card to use it, Hopper H100, which has 80B transistors  —  After much speculation, Nvidia today at its March 2022 GTC event announced the Hopper GPU architecture, a line of graphics cards …
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Nvidia unveils the Grace CPU Superchip, an ARM-based discrete data center CPU with 144 high-performance cores and 1TB of secondary memory, coming in 2023  —  Nvidia offered details on its Grace central processing unit (CPU) “Superchip” during CEO Jensen Huang's keynote speech at its virtual Nvidia GTC 2022 event.
Raphael Satter / Reuters:
Okta is investigating reports of a breach after Lapsus$ group posted alleged internal system screenshots; CEO says they could be related to a January incident  —  Authentication services provider Okta Inc (OKTA.O) is investigating a report of a digital breach, the company said on Tuesday …
Mitchell Clark / The Verge:
Zoom launches Avatars, which lets users show up to meetings as Memoji-like animals, and plans to add new video filter avatar options in the future  —  Or a variety of other animals  —  Zoom will let you show up to your next meeting as a rabbit, fox, dog, or another type of animal …
Amanda Silberling / TechCrunch:
Apple announces new Podcasts Connect creator features, including follower counts, uploading MP3 files as subscriber-only audio, and custom subscription banners  —  Apple Podcasts is rolling out new features to incentivize podcasters to offer paid subscriptions to listeners on the app.
Jessica Bursztynsky / CNBC:
Alphabet plans to spin off quantum tech group Sandbox and its 55 employees, led by founder and CEO Jack Hidary; investors include former Google CEO Eric Schmidt  —  - Sandbox, Alphabet's quantum technology group, is spinning off into an independent company.  — It will be led by CEO Jack Hidary.
Catie Keck / The Verge:
Roku announces OS 11, rolling out in the coming weeks with custom screensavers, a curated “what to watch” hub, and voice-enabled keyboards in more languages  —  Hello there, customizable Photo Streams  —  Roku device owners will soon have a whole host of new personalization features …
Steven Melendez / Fast Company:
Kickstarter CEO Aziz Hasan is departing at the end of March after three years, to spend more time with his family; COO Sean Leow will serve as interim CEO  —  Kickstarter CEO Aziz Hasan will be departing the Brooklyn-based crowdfunding company at the end of March, the company announced Tuesday.
More: Kickstarter, The Verge, and TechCrunchThanks:@max_uf
Mitchell Clark / The Verge:
Valve releases an alpha version of Steam for Chrome OS, available on select recent high-end Chromebooks, after Google announced the effort in January 2020  —  It'll even support Proton  —  Google says that an alpha version of Steam is finally available for Chrome OS users with specific machines to test …

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