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February 20, 2024, 3:40 PM

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Sergiu Gatlan / BleepingComputer:
Authorities arrest two LockBit operators in Poland and Ukraine, issue arrest warrants and a decryption tool, seize 200+ crypto wallets; US indicts two Russians  —  Law enforcement arrested two operators of the LockBit ransomware gang in Poland and Ukraine, created a decryption tool …
Bloomberg:
Jacob Pramuk / CNBC:
Walmart agrees to acquire TV maker Vizio for $2.3B, or $11.50/share, to boost its ad business via Vizio's SmartCast OS, which lets users stream content with ads  —  - Walmart is buying TV maker Vizio for $2.3 billion in cash.  — The move is a bid to boost the big-box retailer's high-margin ad business.
Andy Greenberg / Wired:
Messaging app Signal finally rolls out usernames in beta, allowing a user to conceal their phone number; Signal will still a require phone number to register  —  We tested the end-to-end encrypted messenger's new feature aimed at addressing critics' most persistent complaint.  Here's how it works.
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Benjamin Mayo / 9to5Mac:
Apple Music debuts a monthly version of Replay, with insights like total listening time, top songs, artists, and albums, and makes 2024's Replay Mix available  —  Apple today updated the Apple Music Replay experience, available at replay.music.apple.com, with visualizations of your favorite music habits …
John Voorhees / MacStories:
A look at ways to play games on Apple Vision Pro: spatial and iPad App Store games, streaming via MirrorPlay for PS5, NDI, Macs, browsers like Nexus⁺, and more  —  The lack of any kind of port significantly limits the type of gaming you can do in the Apple Vision Pro - or does it?
More: 9to5Mac, iMore, The Verge, and Six Colors
Threads: @viticciMastodon: @viticci@mastodon … and @johnvoorhees@mastodon …Forums: r/apple
Jess Weatherbed / The Verge:
Adobe launches AI Assistant in Acrobat in beta, to summarize PDFs, answer and recommend questions, and more, letting paying users “easily chat with documents”  —  Adobe is adding a new generative AI experience to its Acrobat PDF management software, which aims to …
Jon Porter / The Verge:
Samsung details its Auracast, 360 Audio, and Auto Switch features, rolling out to Buds 2, Buds FE, the S24 series, Neo QLED and OLED TVs, Book laptops, and more  —  None are appearing on Samsung's devices for the first time, but we now know how broadly they'll be supported across the lineup.
HouseFresh:
How some big outlets are inundating the web with bad product recommendations without testing the products, and how Google is helping them through inaction  —  And why you shouldn't trust product recommendations from big media publishers ranking at the top of Google
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Over the past several days, attackers targeted smaller Mastodon servers by signing up spam accounts; Eugen Rochko said previously only big servers were targeted  —  A spam attack that impacted the open source X rival Mastodon, Misskey, and other apps highlights how the decentralized social web …

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