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October 5, 2022, 9:25 PM

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Tom Hals / Reuters:
Sources: Elon Musk and Twitter have not yet reached an agreement to end litigation; Musk is scheduled to be deposed on October 6 in Austin  —  Elon Musk and Twitter Inc (TWTR.N) have not yet reached an agreement to end the litigation and clear the way for the world's richest person to close …
Kevin Roose / New York Times:
A look at possible outcomes for Twitter under Elon Musk: firing Parag Agrawal, a revolt by employees, bringing back Donald Trump, adding new features, and more  —  His deal to buy the company is back on.  Here are six predictions about Twitter under Musk's control, if it happens.  —  Buckle up.
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Cade Metz / New York Times:
A US federal court jury finds ex-Uber Chief Security Officer Joe Sullivan guilty for not disclosing a 2016 breach of customer and driver records to regulators  —  A jury found Joe Sullivan, who led security at the ride-hailing company, guilty on two different counts.
Kyle Wiggers / TechCrunch:
Google unveils two text-to-video AI generators: Imagen Video, a higher image quality system, and Phenaki, which prioritizes coherency and length over quality  —  Not to be outdone by Meta's Make-A-Video, Google today detailed its work on Imagen Video, an AI system that can generate video clips given …
Jon Fingas / Engadget:
What to expect from the “Made by Google” event on October 6: Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro, Pixel Watch, and potentially Nest hardware and previews of Pixel devices  —  - Wildcards: More Pixel device previews and Nest hardware  —  Google's fall hardware event promises to be special this year.
Will Douglas Heaven / MIT Technology Review:
DeepMind uses its AlphaTensor AI to solve a matrix multiplication problem by building a 3D TensorGame board game, beating a record that has stood for 50+ years  —  The new version of AlphaZero discovered a faster way to do matrix multiplication, a core problem in computing that affects thousands of everyday computer tasks.
Jeff John Roberts / Fortune:
Source: Coinbase CEO Brian Armstrong commissioned a documentary about his company and himself as he thinks the media has a malicious agenda to smear tech execs  —  Pass the popcorn.  Coinbase CEO Brian Armstrong just announced a new film titled Coin: A Founder's Story will be available …
Steve Dent / Engadget:
Meta details updates to the Facebook Feed that let users show more or fewer posts from friends, Groups, and Pages, helping improve Meta's AI-based ranking  —  With profits shrinking of late, Facebook has been shutting down unpopular apps and focusing on its core services.
Dawn Chmielewski / Reuters:
Spotify acquires Kinzen, which identifies misinformation and hate speech; the Dublin-based company partnered with Spotify in 2020, initially on election content  —  Audio-streaming service Spotify Technology SA (SPOT.N) on Wednesday said it has acquired Kinzen, a firm that has helped it identify harmful content on the platform.
Yousef Saba / Reuters:
Chainalysis: MENA's crypto market grew the fastest from July 2021 to June 2022, with transaction volume up 48% YoY to $566B; Latin America was second at 40% YoY  —  The Middle East and North Africa are the world's fastest-growing cryptocurrency markets, with the volume of crypto received …
Kirsten Korosec / TechCrunch:
Tesla plans to remove ultrasonic sensors from some new Model 3 and Y cars in October 2022 and Model S and X cars in 2023, in favor of camera and software  —  Tesla is removing ultrasonic sensors from Model 3 and Model Y vehicles, the next step in CEO Elon Musk's plan to only use cameras …
Wall Street Journal:
A Chess.com report alleges a pattern of likely widespread cheating in 100+ online games by Hans Moke Niemann, whom champion Magnus Carlsen accused of cheating  —  An internal report reviewed by The Wall Street Journal alleges a previously unknown pattern of likely widespread cheating by Hans Moke Niemann …
Brendan Vaughan / Fast Company:
Fast Company brings its site back online after eight days offline, saying a cyberattack hit its CMS and “no customer or advertiser information was disclosed”  —  Eight days.  That's how long FastCompany.com was offline after we were targeted in a cyberattack, first on the afternoon of Sunday …
Bloomberg:
Roblox and Discord are accused of enabling adult men to sexually and financially exploit a California girl in a lawsuit filed by a social media watchdog group  —  Roblox Corp. and Discord Inc. were accused of enabling adult men to sexually and financially exploit a California girl in a lawsuit filed by a social-media watchdog group.
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Mariella Moon / Engadget:
Blizzard President Mike Ybarra says Overwatch 2 servers are “experiencing a mass DDoS attack”, preventing users from joining the game's early access launch  —  Overwatch 2's early access launch has been marred by a few bugs and a massive DDoS attack preventing players from getting into the game.
Associated Press:
A US judge sentences Paige Thompson, who accessed the data of 100M+ Capital One customers in 2019, to five years of probation; the DOJ is “very disappointed”  —  A former Seattle tech worker convicted of several charges related to a massive hack of Capital One bank and other companies …
Mike Butcher / TechCrunch:
A look at Iranian activists' fight for internet access amid the regime's crackdowns, including using Tor servers inside Iran to bypass internet blockades  —  Activists in Iran are working with outsiders to fight the regime's censorship  —  As protesters flooded the streets of Iran in September …
More: CNBCThanks:@mikebutcher
Cheng Ting-Fang / Nikkei Asia:
Sources: in a first, Apple asks suppliers to move some AirPods and Beats devices production to India as early as 2023; some AirPods are already made in Vietnam  —  iPhone maker taps South Asian nation again in push to diversify from China  —  TAIPEI — Apple is asking suppliers to move …

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