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September 22, 2022, 1:55 AM

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Sergiu Gatlan / BleepingComputer:
Take-Two Interactive's 2K, the publisher of Bioshock, Xcom, and popular sports games, says a hacker accessed its help desk and sent customers links to malware  —  American video game publisher 2K has confirmed that its help desk platform was hacked and used to target customers …
Jeff John Roberts / Fortune:
Kraken CEO Jesse Powell plans to step down and Chief Operating Officer Dave Ripley will succeed him in the coming months; Powell will stay on as chairman  —  Jesse Powell, the CEO of Kraken, is stepping down from the top job at the cryptocurrency exchange he founded in 2011.
Wall Street Journal:
Sources: to cut costs by 10%+ in a few months, Meta is nudging out staff by reorganizing departments and giving them a limited window to apply for other roles  —  Facebook parent is looking to reduce costs by at least 10%, people familiar with the plans said, while Google has required some employees to apply for new jobs
Sheena Vasani / The Verge:
Instagram is working on a feature to protect users from receiving unsolicited nude photos in their DMs; Meta says the tech won't let the company view the photos  —  Instagram is working on a way to protect users from receiving unsolicited nude photos in their DMs.
Joseph Cox / VICE:
Documents: multiple US military branches have bought access to Team Cymru's Augury internet monitoring tool, which claims to cover 90%+ of internet traffic  —  The “Augury” platform includes highly sensitive network data that Team Cymru, a private company, is selling to the military.  “It's everything.
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Logitech unveils the $350 G Cloud Gaming Handheld with Android, a 7" display, a Snapdragon 720G, and Xbox and GeForce Now cloud gaming, arriving on October 17  —  Logitech is officially announcing its G Cloud Gaming Handheld today after a teaser and a leak last month.
Ashley Capoot / CNBC:
Larry Page's flying car startup Kittyhawk says it will “wind down” and is “working on the details of what's next”; Kittyhawk was founded as Zee.Aero in 2010  —  - Google co-founder Larry Page's flying car startup Kittyhawk is winding down, the company announced.
Victoria Song / The Verge:
Apple Watch Ultra review: comfortable, good battery life, handy action button, and durable, but no offline maps or turn-by-turn navigation, and too big for some  —  A new player has entered the multisport watch game … The Apple Watch Ultra is big, a lil' chunky, and goes hard on features …
Washington Post:
Florida's attorney general asks the US Supreme Court whether the First Amendment prohibits states from regulating how social media companies moderate content  —  The state attorney general filed a petition to the court on Wednesday, after two lower courts split on decisions about social media laws
Kyle Wiggers / TechCrunch:
OpenAI open sources Whisper, an automatic speech recognition system trained on 680K hours of “multilingual and multitask supervised data collected from the web”  —  Speech recognition remains a challenging problem in AI and machine learning.  In a step toward solving it …
Janko Roettgers / Protocol:
A leaked presentation shows that Google is working on royalty-free media formats for HDR video and 3D audio, in an effort internally known as Project Caviar  —  Google is gunning for Dolby Atmos and Dolby Vision: The company is looking to introduce two new media formats to offer HDR video …
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Twitch Blog:
Twitch announces subscription revenue above $100K will be split 50/50, not 70/30, starting on June 1, 2023, for streamers on premium deals, citing hosting costs  —  Hello, Twitch community.  I'm Dan Clancy, President of Twitch and responsible for the day-to-day operations of the service.
Monica Chin / The Verge:
Framework and Google launch the user-upgradeable Framework Laptop Chromebook Edition, shipping for $999+ to the US and Canada in early December; preorders open  —  Framework and Google have announced the new Framework Laptop Chromebook Edition.  As the name implies, this is an upgradable …
James Vincent / The Verge:
Getty Images bans uploading and selling images generated with AI tools like DALL-E, Midjourney, and Stable Diffusion, citing concerns users may face legal risks  —  Getty Images has banned the upload and sale of illustrations generated using AI art tools like DALL-E, Midjourney, and Stable Diffusion.

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