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February 20, 2024, 1:45 PM

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Sergiu Gatlan / BleepingComputer:
Law enforcement agencies arrest two LockBit operators in Poland and Ukraine, issue three arrest warrants, offer a decryption tool, and seize 200+ crypto wallets  —  Law enforcement arrested two operators of the LockBit ransomware gang in Poland and Ukraine, created a decryption tool …
Bloomberg:
Law enforcement agencies from 11 countries, including the FBI and UK National Crime Agency, disrupt the LockBit group and seize 11K domains used for ransomware  —  - Law enforcement from 11 countries joined in cyber operation  — Extortion sites used by scammers seized to thwart attacks
Tom Warren / The Verge:
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.
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.
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?
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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 …
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 …
Antonia Mufarech / Bloomberg:
Tinder plans to roll out its new ID checks in the US, the UK, Brazil, and Mexico, after tests in Australia and New Zealand, to combat AI scams and dating crimes  —  - Verification will require driver's license and selfie video  — Criminals are using dating apps to lure victims in Colombia
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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