September 13, 2022, 12:40 PM

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Live stream of the hearing “Data Security at Risk: Testimony from a Twitter Whistleblower” at the Senate Judiciary Committee  —  LOCATION: Hart Senate Office Building Room 216 — PRESIDING: Chair Durbin — WITNESSES — Peiter “Mudge” Zatko — Independent Security Consultant — New York Metropolitan Area
Washington Post:
A live blog of Twitter whistleblower Peiter “Mudge” Zatko's testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee  —  Twitter whistleblower Peiter “Mudge” Zatko is scheduled to appear Tuesday morning before the Senate, as his allegations of widespread security vulnerabilities ignite …
David McCabe / New York Times:
In Senate testimony, ex-head of security and whistleblower Peiter Zatko says Twitter had been told that “there was at least one [Chinese] agent” on its payroll  —  At a congressional hearing, Peiter Zatko, Twitter's former head of security, told lawmakers that the company lied about its data practices.
Ronan Farrow / New Yorker:
A look at efforts by at least six research groups to find dirt on Twitter whistleblower Peiter Zatko, including many offers to pay former colleagues for info  —  Many of Peiter (Mudge) Zatko's former colleagues have received offers of payment for information about him.
Sergiu Gatlan / BleepingComputer:
Alongside iOS 16, Apple releases iOS and iPadOS 15.7, macOS Monterey 12.6, and macOS Big Sur 11.7 to fix the eighth actively exploited 0-day since January 2022  —  Apple has released security updates to address the eighth zero-day vulnerability used in attacks against iPhones and Macs since the start of the year.
David Pierce / The Verge:
Maria Gracia Santillana Linares / Forbes:
Doodles, an NFT profile picture maker, raised $54M at a $704M valuation from Alexis Ohanian's 776, FTX, and others with plans to expand to music and gaming NFTs  —  Amid generally somber conditions in the non-fungible token (NFT) market, colorful-profile-picture maker Doodles raised $54 million …
Igor Bonifacic / Engadget:
Twitter begins rolling out its redesigned Spaces tab to Twitter Blue subscribers on iOS, including access to popular podcasts and themed audio stations  —  Twitter has begun rolling out its redesigned Spaces tab.  Starting today, Twitter Blue members on iOS can check out the new interface element through …
Andrew Liszewski / Gizmodo:
Amazon updates its entry-level Kindle with USB-C, 16GB storage as standard, a blue color option, and improved 300ppi display, available for $100 with ads  —  Amazon's most basic Kindle still squeaks in at under $100, with some compromises.  —  Alerts  —  If all you really care about is reading …
Internal Twitter memo: extreme heat in California takes its Sacramento data center region offline; losing other centers could result in downtime for all users  —  Extreme heat in California has left Twitter without one of its key data centers, and a company executive warned in an internal memo obtained …
Luc Cohen / Reuters:
Nikhil Wahi, the brother of Coinbase PM Ishan Wahi, pleaded guilty to a wire fraud charge in an ongoing insider trading case, the first of its kind in crypto  —  The brother of a former Coinbase Global Inc (COIN.O) product manager pleaded guilty on Monday to a wire fraud conspiracy charge …
Svea Herbst-Bayliss / Reuters:
Sources: a majority of Twitter's shareholders voted in favor of the $44B sale to Elon Musk, whose $54.20-per-share deal looks pricey in the current environment  —  A majority of Twitter Inc's (TWTR.N) shareholders have voted in favor of the social media company's $44 billion sale to Elon Musk …
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Intel appears to accidentally confirm specs for its 13th Gen Raptor Lake CPUs on its Canadian website, including the i9 13900K with 24 cores and 32 threads  —  Intel's website matches leaked specs  —  Intel has accidentally published the specifications for its 13th Gen Raptor Lake processors.
An investigation details Twitter's business in China: local governments and state media buying ads, a growing non-US revenue stream, internal tensions, and more  —  Even as China bars 1.4 billion citizens from Twitter, its local authorities are splurging on global advertising on the site …
Dade Hayes / Deadline:
HBO and HBO Max won 37 awards at the 74th Emmy Awards, while Netflix won 26, Hulu eight, Apple TV+ seven, NBC seven, Disney+ six, and Amazon Prime Video six  —  The combined HBO and HBO Max surged past rival Netflix in this year's overall Emmys tally, winning a dozen prizes tonight for a total …
Wall Street Journal:
Bob Iger, CEO of Walt Disney from 2005 to 2020, joins VC firm Thrive Capital, founded by Joshua Kushner, as a venture partner  —  As a venture partner, Iger will identify new investments and mentor founders in day-to-day role  —  Netflix Hit a Subscriber Peak, Here's How It Plans to Keep Growing
Miriam Gottfried / Wall Street Journal:
KKR partners with Securitize to tokenize an interest in a KKR health care fund on Avalanche, expanding individual investors' access to investment vehicles  —  Move will broaden opportunity for individuals to invest in fund  —  KKR & Co. is making a slice of one of its private-equity funds available …
Kanishka Singh / Reuters:
The US SEC charges VMware with misleading investors by obscuring financial performance; VMware will pay $8M to settle without denying or admitting the findings  —  The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission said on Monday it has charged cloud computing company VMware Inc (VMW.N) …
Eva Szalay / Bloomberg:
As typical crypto lending rates fall below US Treasury yields, DeFiLlama data shows DeFi platforms' total value locked is $60B, down from $182B in Dec. 2021  —  Cryptocurrencies are facing a new threat: the lure of Treasuries offering a similar payout for a whole lot less risk.
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The Verge:
Sources: Google canceled the next version of its Pixelbook laptop slated for 2023 and dissolved the team building it, as part of recent cost-cutting measures  —  Google is getting out of the laptop game  —  Google has canceled the next version of its Pixelbook laptop and dissolved the team responsible for building it.

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