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June 23, 2022, 4:25 PM

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Jeffrey Dastin / Reuters:
Amazon is working on letting Alexa mimic any voice after hearing less than a minute of audio, as a way to “make the memories last” of deceased family members  —  Amazon.com Inc (AMZN.O) wants to give customers the chance to make Alexa, the company's voice assistant, sound just like their grandmother — or anyone else.
Zack Whittaker / TechCrunch:
Google details the commercial Hermit spyware, used in Kazakhstan and Italy, targeting Android and iOS; the iOS version contained two new zero-days  —  The spyware has targeted victims in Kazakhstan and Italy  —  Security researchers at Lookout recently tied a previously unattributed Android mobile spyware …
New York Times:
Sources: the metaverse, not securing elections, is now Mark Zuckerberg's top priority; Meta has ~60 people focused on elections, down from 300 in 2020  —  Mark Zuckerberg, who once said securing elections was “the most important thing,” has shifted Meta's focus to the metaverse.
Wall Street Journal:
Maddie Ellis / Wall Street Journal:
Instagram begins testing tools to verify ages, starting with 17 or under, using either Yoti's facial analysis tech, photo IDs, or adults vouching for users  —  Meta's new policy will make it tougher for teens to update to adult accounts.  But they can still lie about their age in the first place
Phillip Tracy / Gizmodo:
Microsoft announces gaming-focused features for Edge, including a new homepage, exclusive free-to-play games, and Clarity Boost for streamed games  —  This latest browser update adds a new gaming interface, graphics enhancements to Xbox Cloud Gaming, and easy access to free casual games.  —  Alerts
Bloomberg:
A profile of Changpeng Zhao, who built Binance into the largest crypto exchange, as he navigates a regulatory crackdown in a brutal crypto winter  —  During the first few months of this year—back when buying digital tokens named after dog memes was still seen, at least in some of the most …
Sander Lutz / Decrypt:
Coinbase plans to shut down its standalone, trader-focused Pro service by the end of 2022 and replace it with Advanced Trade across its main app and website  —  The standalone service will be replaced by Advanced Trade, a feature within the main Coinbase app.
Ben Schoon / 9to5Google:
OSOM, founded by ex-Essential employees, scraps its OV1 phone and partners with Solana for Saga, a $1,000 Web3-focused Android phone, to be launched in Q1 2023  —  The OSOM OV1 was a new Android smartphone built from the bones of Essential, but it's now being rebranded as a crypto/web3 device, the “Solana Saga.”
Evan Conrad / evanjconrad.com:
Crypto may be “more bad than good” but decentralization is its main use case, so the claim that “there are still no use cases for crypto” is not rational  —  I've heard many smart people who I trust complain that “after 13 years, there are still no use cases for crypto.”
Financial Times:
Singapore's fintech policy chief says the country will be “brutal and unrelentingly hard” on “any market bad behaviour” in the crypto industry  —  Stance marks shift in rhetoric from city-state that had courted digital currency companies
Nilesh Christopher / Rest of World:
A hacktivist claims DALL-E-like Craiyon, formerly DALL-E mini, generated portraits of brown-skinned women in saris almost every time he ran a blank request  —  The images represent a glitch in the system that even its creator can't explain.  —  Like most people who are extremely online …
Washington Post:
The Senate's $52B US chip production bill, passed in June 2021, has been bogged down over unrelated disputes, like climate provisions, delaying the funds  —  Intel postpones Ohio groundbreaking as Congress faces a do-or-die moment on legislation to provide $52 billion for domestic computer chip production
Francisco Pires / Tom's Hardware:
Cerebras says its “wafer-scale” chip set a record for the largest natural language processing AI model trained on a single device, at up to 20B parameters  —  Democratizing large AI Models without HPC scaling requirements.  —  Cerebras, the company behind the world's largest accelerator chip …
Cristiano Lima / Washington Post:
Senate Commerce Chair Maria Cantwell says she does not support the bipartisan privacy bill, a significant blow to long-stalled federal protections for user data  —  Senate Commerce Chair Maria Cantwell said she's not close to supporting a major proposal, dealing a significant blow to efforts to revive the long-stalled bill
Bloomberg:
Seeking to regain relevance, screenshots show Clubhouse is testing private rooms, internally called Houses, to encourage friendlier social interactions  —  Clubhouse, the voice chat app that captured the attention of Hollywood and Silicon Valley early in the pandemic, is experimenting …

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