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March 23, 2022, 6:40 AM

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Lily Hay Newman / Wired:
Okta confirms an attacker accessed an engineer's laptop in January consistent with posted screenshots by Lapsus$, as customers struggle to grasp their exposure  —  Authentication firm Okta's statements on the Lapsus$ breach fails to answer key questions.  —  The digital extortion group Lapsus$ threw …
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 $4 billion  —  Yuga Labs, the owner of three of the biggest NFT brands on the market …
Casey Newton / Platformer:
ApeCoin DAO allows Yuga Labs to talk up the virtues of decentralization while also enjoying the benefits of centralization, such as collecting all the profits  —  Tokens like the new one from Bored Ape Yacht Club promise to decentralize the web.  So why are insiders reaping most of the profits?
Juli Clover / MacRumors:
For the second day in a row, Apple's App Store, Music, Podcasts, and other services were disrupted; Apple's System Status page says the issues are resolved  —  Apple's services and apps appear to be experiencing yet another outage, with complaints on Twitter about problems with Apple Maps …
The Verge:
Microsoft confirms Lapsus$ compromised “a single account” and stole portions of source code for some products, but says no customer code and data was involved  —  Lapsus$ says it has accessed data from Okta, Nvidia, Samsung, and Ubisoft  —  The hacking group Lapsus$ …
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.
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 …
Loren Grush / The Verge:
SpaceX increases the prices of Starlink's starter kit to $599, up $100, and its monthly internet service to $110, up $11, according to an email to customers  —  It's going to be $11 more a month  —  SpaceX's internet-from-space program Starlink is increasing prices for both the purchase …
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:
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Nvidia says 150K+ creators have downloaded Omniverse, up from ~100K in January, and makes the real-time collaborative design tool available in the cloud  —  Nvidia CEO Jensen Huang said today that the Omniverse virtual simulation and its tools will be available in the cloud so that developers can use it on just about any computer.
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 …
The Hill:
A SCOTUS ruling making it harder for people to pursue surveillance cases will undercut Biden's US-EU Privacy Shield negotiations, unless Congress steps in now  —  The U.S. Supreme Court's decision this month in FBI v. Fazaga, a case challenging FBI surveillance, will make it significantly harder …

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