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Profile of DigitalMint, a final-mile crypto broker that helps ransomware victims pay ransoms in cryptocurrency, within 30-60 minutes of contact from the hacker (MacKenzie Sigalos/CNBC)

MacKenzie Sigalos / CNBC: Profile of DigitalMint, a final-mile crypto broker that helps ransomware victims pay ransoms in cryptocurrency, within 30-60 minutes of contact from the hacker  —  - A business will fall victim to a ransomware attack every 11 seconds this year, according to research firm Cybersecurity Ventures.

CB Insights: VCs invested $1.5B into mental health startups in 2020, a record high that is 5.5 times the funding invested in this space in 2016 (Katie Jennings/Forbes)

Katie Jennings / Forbes: CB Insights: VCs invested $1.5B into mental health startups in 2020, a record high that is 5.5 times the funding invested in this space in 2016  —  I am a staff writer covering healthcare.  Email me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  —  Investors poured $1.5 billion into the market in 2020 …

As carmakers integrate 100-150+ chip-based electronic control units in each car, a look at the challenges of an auto industry that is more dependent on software (Robert N. Charette/IEEE Spectrum)

Robert N. Charette / IEEE Spectrum: As carmakers integrate 100-150+ chip-based electronic control units in each car, a look at the challenges of an auto industry that is more dependent on software  —  The trend toward self-driving and electric vehicles will add hundreds of millions of lines of code to cars.  Can the auto industry cope?

Many Latin American Facebook users are self-compromising their accounts to fuel fake engagement through "autoliker" websites and unwittingly joining bot farms (Sophie Zhang/Rest of World)

Sophie Zhang / Rest of World: Many Latin American Facebook users are self-compromising their accounts to fuel fake engagement through “autoliker” websites and unwittingly joining bot farms  —  Global South users often share their accounts with shady middlemen.  The practice is corrupting civil discourse around the world.

China pushes to subject data-related activities to government oversight, as it worries tech giants could use collected data to build alternative power centers (Lingling Wei/Wall Street Journal)

Lingling Wei / Wall Street Journal: China pushes to subject data-related activities to government oversight, as it worries tech giants could use collected data to build alternative power centers  —  Beijing is calling on tech giants to share their information—and asserting its authority over data held by U.S. companies in China as well

Thai SEC orders exchanges to delist NFTs and meme coins, defined as those with "no objective or underlying value" whose price relies on social media trends (Robert Stevens/Decrypt)

Robert Stevens / Decrypt: Thai SEC orders exchanges to delist NFTs and meme coins, defined as those with “no objective or underlying value” whose price relies on social media trends  —  Thailand´s Securities and Exchange Commission wont crack a smile at crypto´s meme coins.  —  Dogecoin  —  In brief

Honeywell merges its quantum computing business with Cambridge Quantum to form a new joint venture; Honeywell will hold a majority stake and invest $270M-$300M (Frederic Lardinois/TechCrunch)

Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch: Honeywell merges its quantum computing business with Cambridge Quantum to form a new joint venture; Honeywell will hold a majority stake and invest $270M-$300M  —  Honeywell, which only recently announced its entry into the quantum computing race, and Cambridge Quantum Computing (CQ) …
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