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March 29, 2022, 5:35 PM

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Andrew Thurman / CoinDesk:
The Ronin Network, which supports Sky Mavis' Axie Infinity game, says it was hacked, and 173,600 ETH and 25.5M USDC was stolen, worth $600M+; RON is down ~20%  —  It may be the largest exploit in DeFi history.  —  The latest crypto hack may be the largest yet.
Christopher Dring / GamesIndustry.biz:
Christopher Dring / GamesIndustry.biz:
Interview with PlayStation CEO Jim Ryan on Sony's new PS Plus subscription tiers, why new first-party games won't immediately launch on the service, and more  —  The platform holder's CEO discusses the potential for games subscription services  —  Whenever a new platform or service gets announced …
Brian Krebs / Krebs on Security:
Hackers are compromising police and government email accounts to send Emergency Data Requests to ISPs, telecoms, social networks, and others, who quickly comply  —  There is a terrifying and highly effective “method” that criminal hackers are now using to harvest sensitive customer data …
Casey Newton / Platformer:
WhatsApp chief Will Cathcart: the Digital Markets Act could upend encryption, privacy, and product design while increasing spam, misinformation, and hate speech  —  WhatsApp chief Will Cathcart on how the Digital Markets Act could upend encryption, privacy, and product design
Corin Faife / The Verge:
Chris Welch / The Verge:
Verizon blames “bad actors” and engages US law enforcement after its customers and users of its MVNO Visible receive spam texts from their own phone numbers  —  The carrier says it's working with US law enforcement to find those responsible  —  Yesterday, I wrote about receiving …
Paul Vigna / Wall Street Journal:
Greenpeace and other groups run ads highlighting bitcoin's environmental impact in the NYT, WSJ, and others, funded with $5M from Ripple co-founder Chris Larsen  —  Consortium launches effort advocating changes to the cryptocurrency's code  —  A consortium of environmental groups launched …
Patrick McGee / Financial Times:
Researchers find that Yandex's AppMetrica SDK, used by many iOS and Android apps like VPNs, sends device, network, and IP address metadata to servers in Russia  —  Information collected by company through apps on Apple and Google-powered mobile devices is sent to Russian servers
Joe Flint / Wall Street Journal:
Apple's Oscars win for CODA and Ted Lasso's success shows TV+'s boutique approach is paying off with tastemakers; Apple paid $25M for CODA's distribution rights  —  Launched in 2019, Apple TV+ produces far less content than its biggest streaming rivals  —  Apple Inc.'s boutique-store approach …
Shannon Liao / Washington Post:
A judge approves an $18M settlement between Activision Blizzard and the US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, ending the federal sexual harassment lawsuit  —  A judge approved an $18 million settlement between Activision Blizzard and the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission Tuesday …
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Microsoft updates Windows 11 to let users change their default browser with a single click, after criticism over Windows 11 making the process more complicated  —  It's a one-click process now  —  Microsoft is finally making it easier to change your default browser in Windows 11.
April Roach / Bloomberg:
Meta halts plans to build a large data center in the Netherlands, amid rising opposition from the government over environmental concerns  —  Meta Platforms Inc. has paused plans to build a large data center in the Netherlands after the tech giant faced increasing opposition from the government.
More: Neowin
Ron Miller / TechCrunch:
Pinecone, which offers a serverless vector database designed specifically for the needs of data scientists, raises a $28M Series A led by Menlo Ventures  —  When Pinecone launched last year, the company's message was around building a serverless vector database designed specifically for the needs of data scientists.
More: Datanami and FinSMEs
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
HackerRank, which helps businesses find, evaluate, and hire developers, raises $60M at a ~$500M valuation, bringing its total funding to date to $115M  —  The job market for coders remains very tight on both sides of the table: there remains a major skills and talent shortage when it comes …
Krystal Hu / Reuters:
Steven Mnuchin's Liberty Strategic Capital acquires a majority stake in enterprise security startup Zimperium for $525M; SoftBank remains a minority owner  —  Liberty Strategic Capital, a Washington D.C.-based private equity fund founded by former U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin …

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