March 31, 2022, 7:55 PM

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Alex Heath / The Verge:
Internal report: a now-fixed Facebook bug led to a “massive ranking failure” that increased views of harmful content up to 30% over the past six months  —  A group of Facebook engineers identified a “massive ranking failure” that exposed as much as half of all News Feed views to …
Rebekah Valentine / IGN:
After announcing in January that the in-person E3 2022 was canceled, ESA informs its partners that there will be no digital event equivalent this year either  —  Though a possible digital event was floated behind the scenes, that too is now off the table.  —  After previously canceling …
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Microsoft renames Your Phone, its Android phone linking app for Windows announced in May 2018, to Phone Link and updates the app to match Windows 11's design  —  Phone Link now has a matching Windows 11 design  —  Microsoft is rebranding its Your Phone app to Phone Link and updating it with a Windows 11 design overhaul.
Sergiu Gatlan / BleepingComputer:
Apple releases iOS 15.4.1, iPadOS 15.4.1, and macOS 12.3.1 to fix two zero-days that “may have been actively exploited”; Apple has fixed five zero-days in 2022  —  Apple has released security updates on Thursday to address two zero-day vulnerabilities exploited by attackers to hack iPhones, iPads, and Macs.
Bradley Chambers / 9to5Mac:
Apple Business Essentials launches for all SMBs in the US, starting at $2.99/month; the management service is getting Google Workspace integration in the spring  —  After a beta period with tens of thousands of businesses, Apple is ready to extend simplified device management, iCloud Drive storage …
Bill Toulas / BleepingComputer:
Wyze had been aware of several remote access vulnerabilities in its home security cameras for months and years without fixing them, despite Bitdefender warnings  —  A Wyze Cam internet camera vulnerability allows unauthenticated, remote access to videos and images stored on local memory cards …
Umar Shakir / The Verge:
Samsung partners with iFixit to launch a self-repair program, offering parts, tools, and guides, coming this summer for the Galaxy S20, S21, and Tab S7 Plus  —  Coming this summer for the Galaxy S20, S21, and Tab S7 Plus  —  Today, Samsung announced a new self-repair program …
Wall Street Journal:
Sources: The White House is split over Kaspersky sanctions, which could spur Russian cyberattacks and make enforcement hard due to the company's large clientele  —  Some officials are said to fear that sanctioning Kaspersky Lab could increase risk of Russian cyberattack
Jack Schickler / CoinDesk:
The EU Parliament votes to outlaw anonymous crypto payments, extending KYC rules to even the smallest transactions with unhosted or self-hosted wallets  —  Lawmakers are set to end even the smallest anonymous crypto transactions, and plan measures that could see unregulated exchanges cut off.
David Yaffe-Bellany / New York Times:
A profile of Ben McKenzie, a star of The O.C. who has become an outspoken crypto critic and is writing the book “Easy Money” with journalist Jacob Silverman  —  The actor, best known for his starring role in “The O.C.,” has become an outspoken critic of a volatile market driven by speculation.
A look at 3C, a “grassroots” SMB group against Big Tech regulation, funded by Google and Amazon, which claims support from 20+ SMBs that haven't heard of it  —  - The Connected Commerce Council, which pitches itself as a grassroots movement representing small business owners …
Sources: Apple seeks to diversify its memory chip suppliers, weighing Micron, Samsung, and Yangtze, after Japanese supplier Kioxia lost a batch to contamination  —  Apple Inc. is exploring new sources of the memory chips that go into iPhones, including its first Chinese producer of the critical component …
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Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Intel acquires AI-based workload optimization startup Granulate, sources say for $650M, in a deal set to close in Q2 2022; PitchBook: Granulate raised $45.6M  —  Last year, when we wrote about new investment for Israeli startup Granulate — which applies AI to high-priority computing workloads …
Allison Johnson / The Verge:
Review of the $899 OnePlus 10 Pro, available in the US on April 14: sleek build but subpar cameras, no IP rating for the unlocked version, and no 5G on AT&T  —  It's a likable device, but OnePlus still has some work to do  —  The 10 Pro is OnePlus all grown up.
Sean Lyngaas / CNN:
Interview with pseudonymous Ukrainian IT specialist Danylo, who released chat logs from the Russia-linked Conti ransomware gang, on his motivations and more  —  As Russian artillery began raining down on his homeland last month, one Ukrainian computer researcher decided to fight back the best …
Shirin Ghaffary / Vox:
Analysis: majority of the most-viewed Reels on Meta's platforms are anonymous or reposted; Meta says Reels is Instagram's biggest engagement growth contributor  —  Facebook's pivot back to video shows how badly it needs young people.  —  Meta, the parent company of Facebook, needs to stay relevant.
FTX CEO Sam Bankman-Fried and others are pushing for the crypto industry to be regulated by the smaller Commodity Futures Trading Commission, instead of the SEC  —  It was a classic Washington networking party.  Sam Bankman-Fried, the co-founder and chief executive officer of FTX …
Natasha Lomas / TechCrunch:
Google begins trialing its updated Privacy Sandbox tools globally, including Topics and FLEDGE APIs, starting with developers now and Chrome Beta users next  —  Google has just announced the next stage of trials of its Privacy Sandbox proposal — focused on ads relevance and measurement.

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