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July 23, 2022, 2:15 PM

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Alex Kantrowitz / Big Technology:
Google fires engineer Blake Lemoine, who said he believes Google's LaMDA conversational tech is sentient, citing employment and data security policy violations  —  Google has fired Blake Lemoine, the engineer who said he believed the company's LaMDA conversational technology was sentient.
Bloomberg:
An interview with 3AC founders Su Zhu and Kyle Davies, who may be hiding in the UAE, on its “regrettable” collapse, leverage, Luna, risk management, and more  —  After five weeks in hiding, the disgraced founders of Three Arrows Capital spoke extensively about the spectacular implosion …
Cat Zakrzewski / Washington Post:
A South Carolina bill would make it illegal to host a website or “an internet service” with information that is “reasonably likely to be used for an abortion”  —  More states could follow, setting up a battle over the future of online speech across the country.  —  Listen
Todd Bishop / GeekWire:
T-Mobile agrees to pay $350M to settle class action lawsuits over a 2021 cyberattack that impacted ~76.6M customers and pledges to invest $150M in data security  —  T-Mobile agreed Friday to pay $350 million to settle class-action lawsuits brought over an August 2021 cyberattack …
Sergiu Gatlan / BleepingComputer:
Microsoft resumes blocking VBA macros by default in downloaded Office documents, after rolling it back earlier this month following user feedback  —  Microsoft announced today that it resumed the rollout of VBA macro auto-blocking in downloaded Office documents after temporarily rolling …
Bloomberg:
Source: FTX is in advanced talks to acquire South Korean cryptocurrency exchange Bithumb  —  FTX, the crypto trading platform co-founded by billionaire Sam Bankman-Fried, is in advanced talks to buy South Korea's Bithumb, a person with knowledge of the matter said.
Cameron Thompson / CoinDesk:
Katie Bo Lillis / CNN:
Sources: FBI determined around 2017 that Huawei gear in cell towers near US military bases in the Midwest was capable of capturing and disrupting DoD comms  —  On paper, it looked like a fantastic deal.  In 2017, the Chinese government was offering to spend $100 million to build  …
Bill Toulas / BleepingComputer:
The Dutch Ministry of Education suspends the use of Chrome OS and Chrome browser until August 2023 over concerns about student data privacy and GDPR violations  —  The Dutch Ministry of Education has decided to suspend the use of Chrome OS and Chrome web browser until August 2023 over concerns about data privacy.
Frank Chaparro / The Block:
Blockchain infrastructure company Chain acquires Measurable Data Token ecosystem, including cash-back app RewardMe and financial data protocol MeFi, for $100M  —  - Chain acquires Measurable Data Token ecosystem for $100 million.  — The deal is unique inasmuch as it will involve a merge between Chain's XCN and MDT.
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Andy Maxwell / TorrentFreak:
Epidemic Sound, which provides royalty-free music, sues Meta for allegedly letting Facebook and Instagram creators use 94% of Epidemic's tracks without licenses  —  Meta has been hit with a copyright infringement lawsuit demanding at least $142 million in damages.
David Segal / New York Times:
A look at Ukraine's thriving tech sector amid war; National Bank of Ukraine: tech firms brought in $3.1B in revenue from January to May 2022, up from $2.5B YoY  —  Ukrainian technology companies have earned billions.  But with most executives unable to meet foreign clients, the good times may not last.
Jacob Kastrenakes / The Verge:
Twitter says Q2 ad revenue grew 2% YoY to $1.08B and blames its revenue slide on uncertainty around Elon Musk's “pending acquisition” and ad industry problems  —  Musk is creating ‘uncertainty’ for advertisers  —  Twitter would have earned more money over the past few months if Elon Musk hadn't been in the picture.
Annie Palmer / CNBC:

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