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October 2, 2022, 4:50 PM

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Bill Toulas / BleepingComputer:
Symantec details an ongoing campaign by the Witchetty hacking group, potentially tied to a China-backed threat actor, that hides malware in a Windows logo image  —  Security researchers have discovered a malicious campaign by the ‘Witchetty’ hacking group, which uses steganography to hide a backdoor malware in a Windows logo.
Nate Hopper / New Yorker:
A profile of David Mills, who created the Network Time Protocol in the 1980s, as about two dozen Internet Engineering Task Force contributors work toward NTPv5  —  An obscure software system synchronizes the network's clocks.  Who will keep it running?  —  In 1977, David Mills …
Bettina Makalintal / Eater:
Instagram food photography is becoming more realistic, driven by generational changes, more diverse food creators, and a frustration with the curation culture  —  The food blogger aesthetic has given way to something more realistic and DIY: Laissez-faire Instagram food is here
William Gallagher / AppleInsider:
Local media: South Korea's Fair Trade Commission raided Apple's Seoul offices over allegations the App Store is charging 33% IAP fees rather than the stated 30%  —  Officials from Korea's Fair Trade Commission conducted a dawn raid on Apple's offices in Gangnam-gu, Seoul …
Devin Coldewey / TechCrunch:
Stadia was doomed from the start because Google knows next to nothing about gaming and no one wants to invest in services they don't trust Google to keep around  —  There's a lot of chatter right now about the “surprise” shutdown of Stadia, Google's game-streaming service.
Zecharias Zelalem / Context:
The UN World Food Programme and the WHO say a nearly two-year internet and phone shutdown in Ethiopia's Tigray is hampering aid delivery and health monitoring  —  As fighting rages on in Ethiopia's war-torn Tigray region, one of the world's longest telecommunications shutdowns is hampering aid deliveries …
Grace Browne / Wired:
A look at the AI chatbots designed to improve mental health, like Wysa and Woebot, which have millions of users despite scant research to support their efficacy  —  With human therapists in short supply, AI chatbots are trying to plug the gap—but it's not clear how well they work.  —  Bots Run the Internet
Christopher Mims / Wall Street Journal:
As car makers cede control of their auto-operating systems to Apple and Google, the limited choice in the duopoly of smartphone OSes may soon extend to cars  —  In the future, your choice of smartphone ecosystem—Android or iPhone—could determine which make and model of car you choose

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