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For crypto, gov yodels, but says he won't hodl

Colorado Gov. Jared Polis said yesterday that the state’s tax department will begin accepting cryptocurrency payments by the end of the summer and suggested that similar transactions at other agencies may follow. But speaking to CoinDesk TV, Polis said that while he wants to make the state friendlier to the crypto industry, any payments made in bitcoin, ethereum or the like will be converted immediately back into dollars. And Polis said he doesn't own any crypto assets himself. “We don’t want to take the speculative risk of holding crypto, so we will be having a transactional layer there,” he said. Benjamin Freed has more.

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Pittsburgh sees police data as window into bias

Pittsburgh officials on Tuesday introduced legislation that would enable the city to share its police data with a third party to evaluate it for racial bias. “Knowing that there are tools like this and public safety constantly looking for them, it’s a win for everybody that this is going to happen this way,” Pittsburgh City Councilor Corey O’Connor. Ryan Johnston reports.

Former NYC CISO on creating cyber ‘center of gravity’

On the latest episode of the Priorities Podcast, former New York City CISO Geoff Brown tells Benjamin Freed about his years in city government and what he's doing next with security company Recorded Future. And Jake Williams and Ben discuss the apparent conclusion to Missouri Gov. Mike Parson's vendetta against a reporter who discovered a vulnerability in a state website. Listen to the podcast.

Good news, bad news

Google Cloud is still seeing about  400,000 scans per day for systems vulnerable to the Log4Shell bug, the company said Tuesday CyberScoop's AJ Vicens reports that while potential intruders are still scanning for the bug every day, many vendors have been on top of fixing vulnerable devices and software. Read more on CyberScoop.

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