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March 17, 2023, 4:00 PM

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Georgia Wells / Wall Street Journal:
Sources: some lawmakers and tech executives like Peter Thiel are mobilizing against China's involvement in US tech, ahead of the TikTok CEO's US House testimony  —  Group to meet ahead of TikTok's testimony before Congress  —  A group of Silicon Valley executives, including investor Peter Thiel …
Hailey Fuchs / Politico:
Source: TikTok is paying dozens of creators to visit DC next week and lobby lawmakers against a forced sale, ahead of CEO Shou Zi Chew's testimony on March 23  —  The influential social media app TikTok is flooding the nation's capital with influencers next week as part of an 11th hour lobbying blitz …
Kris Holt / Engadget:
Meta debuts Verified in the US for $12/month on the web or $15/month on Android/iOS, with a blue badge, proactive impersonation protection, and customer support  —  Meta's paid verification program is available in the US starting today, CEO Mark Zuckerberg wrote on his Instagram channel.
Sara Fischer / Axios:
YouTube lifts its restrictions on Donald Trump's channel, imposed after the January 6 insurrection, after evaluating the “continued risk of real-world violence”  —  YouTube will lift its restrictions on former President Trump's channel Friday, a spokesperson confirmed to Axios.
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
SVB Financial files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in the SDNY's Bankruptcy Court and “believes it has approximately $2.2B of liquidity”  —  One week after trading was halted for SVB Financial and regulators took control of the holding company for Silicon Valley Bank and other subsidiaries …
Zack Whittaker / TechCrunch:
Google's Project Zero finds 18 zero-day vulnerabilities in Exynos modems, affecting some Samsung, Vivo, and Google phones as well as wearables and vehicles  —  Google's security research unit is sounding the alarm on a set of vulnerabilities it found in certain Samsung chips included in dozens …
New York Times:
Sources: Twitter explored licensing music rights from three major labels but negotiations stalled after Elon Musk's takeover and were abandoned due to costs  —  Twitter didn't move forward with the music licensing deals because of costs, people with knowledge of the matter said.
Jon Brodkin / Ars Technica:
The FCC is requiring carriers to block SMS messages from “invalid, unallocated, or unused numbers”, targeting the increasing scam robotexts sent to consumers  —  First robotext rule requires blocking of texts from invalid and unused numbers.  —  The Federal Communications …
Alexander Martin / The Record:
Q&A with two Meta security experts about the company's Online Operations Kill Chain, a framework for responding to threats like election influence operations  —  Next year will feature some of the most geopolitically significant elections of our times.  Voters will be heading …
Connie Loizos / TechCrunch:
HR software startup Rippling raised a $500M Series E at an $11.25B valuation, same as Series D, when SVB froze its deposits, taking its total funding to $1.2B  —  As a serial entrepreneur who has famously endured some ups and downs, Parker Conrad has nearly seen it all.  Or so he might have thought until last week.
Alex Konrad / Forbes:
Around 20 investors and founders detail how some solo investors and small VC firms helped startups during the SVB crisis while many big VC firms disappointed  —  Covering venture capital, cloud and startups  —  When founders scrambled to make payroll after the closure of SVB …

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