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September 30, 2022, 12:10 AM

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The Verge:
Google plans to shut down Stadia on January 18, 2023, and will refund hardware, software, and DLC purchases; members of the Stadia team will be reassigned  —  Google is shutting down Stadia, its cloud gaming service.  The service will remain live for players until January 18th, 2023.
Alex Kantrowitz / Big Technology:
A roundup of Elon Musk's newly released text messages show the inner workings of Silicon Valley dealmaking and how Musk lost interest in his Twitter acquisition  —  Newly released text messages shine a light on how tech's most powerful do business — and perhaps why Musk lost interest in Twitter.
Lauren Feiner / CNBC:
Court filing: in March 2022, former Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey told Elon Musk that he tried to add Musk to the board but the other members were “super risk averse”  —  - Former Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey wanted Elon Musk on the board of the social media company, but felt the rest …
Kurt Wagner / Bloomberg:
Source: Mark Zuckerberg told staff in a weekly Q&A that Meta will freeze hiring, restructure some teams, and cut budgets across most teams, citing the economy  —  Meta Platforms Inc., the owner of Facebook and Instagram, said it will freeze hiring and restructure some teams in an effort to cut costs and shift priorities.
Mark Gurman / Bloomberg:
Apple VP of Procurement Tony Blevins is leaving, sources say after joking in a viral, September 5 TikTok video that he fondles “big-breasted women” for a living  —  One of Apple Inc.'s most senior executives is leaving after he turned up in a viral video on TikTok making …
Mitchell Clark / The Verge:
Twitter plans to add a TikTok-like full-screen video scrolling UI for English-speaking users on iOS, and a video carousel to the Explore tab on iOS and Android  —  Twitter is joining the bandwagon of social media companies copying TikTok's everlasting scroll of videos.
James Vincent / The Verge:
Meta details its text-to-video AI generator, Make-A-Video, which can produce up to five-second videos without audio; Meta is not giving access to the AI model  —  AI text-to-image generators have been making headlines in recent months, but researchers are already moving on to the next frontier: AI text-to-video generators.
Sam Machkovech / Ars Technica:
Intel plans to launch the $349 Arc A770 Limited Edition with 16GB of GDDR6 memory and the $289 A750 Limited Edition on October 12, beside the $329 A770 with 8GB  —  A770 comes in two tiers; Intel claims “perf-per-dollar” wins over Nvidia RTX 3060.  —  Intel's highest-end graphics card lineup …
Reuters:
An investigation shows the CIA failed to secure its messaging system used by Iranian spies, often hidden within websites, leading to capture, torture, and death  —  The spy was minutes from leaving Iran when he was nabbed.  —  Gholamreza Hosseini was at Imam Khomeini Airport in Tehran in late 2010, preparing for a flight to Bangkok.
Rashi Shrivastava / Forbes:
An investigation shows how self-publishing platform Wattpad's lack of moderation, age verification, and safety features helps sexual predators exploit teens  —  For many teenagers, the reading and writing platform is a creative and educational outlet.  But a Forbes investigation found …
Bill Toulas / BleepingComputer:
Brave plans to hide and, where possible, completely block cookie consent notifications, a “more privacy-preserving” approach than other browsers' systems  —  The Brave browser will soon allows users to block annoying and potentially privacy-harming cookie consent banners on all websites they visit.
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CNN:
Governor Newsom signs a law forbidding California-based businesses from giving users' personal info in response to out-of-state abortion-related search warrants  —  Washington CNN Business —  California is attempting to stymie abortion prosecutions in other states by making it illegal …

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