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April 7, 2022, 4:04 AM

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Hannah Murphy / Financial Times:
Wall Street Journal:
Google Play removes dozens of Android apps, including Muslim prayer apps with 10M+ downloads, after researchers find malware tied to a US defense contractor  —  Code placed in consumer-facing apps is tied to U.S. national-security contractors, documents show
Wall Street Journal:
Sources: online fast fashion retailer Shein raised between $1B and $2B in a round closed last week, valuing it at $100B; Shein was valued at ~$15B in 2020  —  China-based fast-fashion seller now worth more than H&M and Zara combined  —  Fast-fashion retailer Shein was valued at $100 billion …
More: Bloomberg
Zack Whittaker / TechCrunch:
In a court-authorized March operation, the FBI cut off the servers of the Cyclops Blink botnet, tied to Russia's Sandworm, from Asus and WatchGuard routers  —  The Federal Bureau of Investigation has disclosed it carried out an operation in March to target a massive botnet controlled by Russian intelligence.
Adi Robertson / The Verge:
OpenAI releases DALL-E 2, a higher-resolution and lower-latency version of its text-to-image generation program with new capabilities, to researchers in preview  —  Researchers can sign up to preview it  —  Artificial intelligence research group OpenAI has created a new version of DALL-E, its text-to-image generation program.
Jay Peters / The Verge:
Meta won't hold its F8 developer conference in 2022, instead holding Conversations, a “business messaging event” on May 19, and an AR/VR event “later this year”  —  Meta is pausing the event in 2022  —  Meta won't be holding its F8 developer conference in 2022, the company announced Wednesday.
Casey Newton / Platformer:
Twitter CEO Parag Agrawal may struggle to balance his own vision against that of Elon Musk, an unpredictable board member with a much louder megaphone  —  Task #1: undermine CEO, consolidate power  —  Today, let's talk about what Elon Musk means for the future of Twitter.
Jillian Ward / Bloomberg:
Wall Street Journal:
Sources: the SEC is investigating how Amazon disclosed its use of third-party seller data for its business; source: the probe has been under way for over a year  —  Tech giant's use of third-party sellers' data is a focus of regulator's probe, a person familiar with the matter says
Andrew Hayward / Decrypt:
OpenSea adds Solana NFT trading support in beta; a marketplace search shows 865K NFTs minted on Solana  —  At long last, Solana support is finally live on OpenSea—in beta mode.  —  In brief  — Solana NFTs have been added to OpenSea, the largest overall NFT marketplace.
More: OpenSea and The Block
Aisha Malik / TechCrunch:
Amazon will increase its Music Unlimited plan on Prime from $7.99/month to $8.99/month and its Single Device plan from $3.99/month to $4.99/month on May 5  —  Amazon is increasing the price of its Unlimited Music subscription for Prime members, the company announced on its website.
Foreign Affairs:
Russia's cyberattacks on government, military, logistics, and critical infrastructure have been its biggest military success to date in the war in Ukraine  —  After Russia invaded Ukraine, many observers initially expected cyberattacks to steal the limelight as a major instrument in Russia's arsenal.
Audrey An / The Keyword:
Google will roll out Privacy Guide, a guided tour of privacy and security settings in Chrome, to all desktop users on version 100 or above in the coming weeks  —  Product Manager, Chrome at Google Safety Engineering Center Munich  —  Your browser plays a big role in your online experience — including protecting your privacy.
Vishal Chawla / The Block:
Sky Mavis, which runs Axie Infinity, raises $150M led by Binance, with participation from Animoca, a16z, and others, to reimburse users after the Ronin hack  —  Sky Mavis, the creator of play-to-earn game Axie Infinity, has raised $150 million to reimburse its users who lost funds during …
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