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The founders of ConductorOne, an identity and access control startup, both came from Okta, which is itself a single sign-on vendor based on the zero trust model. In fact, they were in charge of authentication and zero trust products, and saw firsthand how companies were struggling to control permis…

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MIT researchers uncover ‘unpatchable’ flaw in Apple M1 chips

Apple’s M1 chips have an “unpatchable” hardware vulnerability that could allow attackers to break through its last line of security defenses, MIT researchers have discovered. The vulnerability lies in a hardware-level security mechanism utilized in Apple M1 chips called pointer authenti…

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Clearview AI banned from selling its facial recognition software to most US companies

A company that gained notoriety for selling access to billions of facial photos, many culled from social media without the knowledge of the individuals depicted, faces major new restrictions to its controversial business model. On Monday, Clearview AI agreed to settle a 2020 lawsuit from the ACLU t…

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Apple, Google, and Microsoft team up on passwordless logins

The tech giants are working together to create sign-in technology that's more convenient and more secure.

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How a simple security bug became a university campus ‘master key’

A buggy app with one-star reviews led one student to discover a glaring security flaw.

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The IRS won’t make you verify your identity with facial recognition after all

The IRS announced plans Monday to back away from a third-party facial recognition system that collects biometric data from U.S. taxpayers who want to log in to the agency’s online portal. The IRS says it will abandon the technology, built by a contractor called ID.me, in the coming weeks. The…

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iProov snaps up $70M for its facial verification technology, already in use by Homeland Security, the NHS and others

Biometrics, and specifically facial recognition, have seen a surge of usage in the last several years, first as a tool to help organizations verify identities digitally against rising waves of fraud and cybercrime; and second as a way to help enable that process even further in our socially-distanc…

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Stytch, an API-first passwordless startup, raises $90M Series B at $1B valuation

The startup is also acquiring Cotter, a no-code passwordless authentication platform backed by Y Combinator.

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Yubico’s new hardware key features a fingerprint reader for passwordless logins

The YubiKey Bio starts at $80.

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YC makes a Product Hunt, Product Hunt makes an a16z, a16z makes a YC

Tech innovation is a cycle, especially in the main character-driven world of early-stage venture capital and copycat nature of startups.

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When do layoffs matter? Trick question — always

Equity is the TechCrunch podcast about the business of startups, where we unpack the numbers and nuance behind the headlines.

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