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April 1, 2022, 12:25 PM

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Ethan Gach / Kotaku:
A dozen current and former employees at Undead Labs, the Xbox studio behind State of Decay 3, describe sexism, mismanagement, and a toxic workplace culture  —  Staff say Undead Labs' transition to Xbox studio was hampered by toxic workplace conditions and lack of direction
Joe Tidy / BBC:
UK police charge a 16-year-old with five counts and a 17-year-old with six counts related to the Lapsus$ gang; the teenagers remain in custody  —  Two teenagers from the UK have been charged by police over hacking for a notorious cyber-crime gang.  —  A 16 and 17-year-old will appear at Highbury Corner Magistrates' Court on Friday.
Mitchell Clark / The Verge:
Samsung partners with NFT auction service Nifty Gateway to let users “browse, display, and interact with NFTs” on select premium 2022 TVs  —  It's partnering with Nifty Gateway for its NFT platform  —  Samsung is making good on its promise from CES 2022 to bring NFTs to its TVs …
Bailey Lipschultz / Bloomberg:
DWAC, Trump's Truth Social SPAC, has lost 31% of its value since the app launched; Apptopia says downloads are down 95% from its peak and the app has ~513K DAUs  —  Shares of the blank-check firm bringing Donald Trump's media venture public are sinking with daily downloads …
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 …
Stefanno Sulaiman / Reuters:
An Indonesian tax official says the country will charge VAT on crypto asset transactions and tax capital gains on crypto investments at 0.1% starting on May 1  —  Indonesia plans to charge value-added tax (VAT) on crypto asset transactions and an income tax on capital gains from such investments …
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Dan Goodin / Ars Technica:
Researchers: an allegedly Russia-tied wiper malware, AcidRain, which shares similarities with the malware VPNFilter, was behind the attack on Viasat in February  —  AcidRain is the seventh wiper associated with the Russian invasion of Ukraine  —  Viasat—the high-speed-satellite-broadband …
Alex Heath / The Verge:
Meta confirms 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 potential …
Anna P. Kambhampaty / New York Times:
A look at @depthsofwikipedia, a viral social media account created by 22-year-old Annie Rauwerda that shares bizarre, amusing, and surprising Wikipedia snippets  —  On @depthsofwikipedia, Annie Rauwerda is compiling some of the crowdsourced site's most bizarre pages.
Eleni Courea / Politico:
Sources: the UK quietly approved the controversial sale of Welsh microchip factory Newport Wafer Fab to Nexperia, the Dutch subsidiary of China's Wingtech  —  LONDON — The U.K. government has quietly approved the controversial sale of a Welsh microchip factory to a Chinese-owned firm.
Karen Weise / New York Times:
The House Oversight Committee opens an investigation into Amazon's labor practices during severe weather events, after a tornado killed six workers in Illinois  —  A tornado that hit a delivery station in Illinois last year will be a focus of the inquiry.  —  The House Committee on Oversight …

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