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March 23, 2022, 8:15 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 …
Raphael Satter / Reuters:
Okta says the “maximum potential impact” of its security breach was to 366 customers whose data was accessed by outside contractor Sitel; Okta has 15K+ clients  —  Hundreds of customers of digital authentication firm Okta Inc have possibly been affected by a security breach caused …
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$ …
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 …
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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 …
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.
Bloomberg:
Fifa adds Crypto.com as one of the sponsors for the 2022 soccer World Cup in Qatar, months after Crypto.com replaced Staples as sponsor at the iconic LA arena  —  Fifa has added Crypto.com as one of the sponsors for this year's soccer world cup in Qatar, the latest step in the cryptocurrency …
Nelson Renteria / Reuters:
El Salvador postpones its $1B bitcoin-backed bond, planned for March 15-20, citing unfavorable market conditions; BTC is down significantly from a November peak  —  SAN SALVADOR (Reuters) - El Salvador postponed an unprecedented issue of a bitcoin-backed bond planned for last week …
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 …
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Sony releases PS4 and PS5 updates; the PS5 will gain Variable Refresh Rate in the coming months, syncing a display's refresh rate to the PS5's graphical output  —  Sony says VRR will be available in the coming months on the PS5  —  Sony is planning to release a Variable Refresh Rate (VRR) …
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 …
Javier Espinoza / Financial Times:
The EU could unveil the Digital Markets Act as early as Thursday; sources say the DMA targets companies with €75B+ market cap and at least 45,000 active users  —  Digital Markets Act now expected to target core online platforms with market cap of at least €75bn
Ashley Carman / The Verge:
A look at the confusion, culture clash, and shifting goals in SiriusXM's Stitcher deal, as many shows and over 25% of Stitcher's staff left post-acquisition  —  SiriusXM leapt into podcasts with a $325 million deal — insiders say it's off to a messy start  —  Illustrations by Vincent Kilbride for The Verge
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 …
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