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December 2, 2022, 9:30 AM

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Mark Gurman / Bloomberg:
Sources: Apple ramps up work on a mixed-reality headset, set to launch as early as 2023, and renames its OS from realityOS to xrOS, short for “extended reality”  —  Apple Inc. is ramping up work on a mixed-reality headset, its first major new product category since the Apple Watch …
Elon Musk / @elonmusk:
Ye's Twitter account is suspended after he tweeted a picture of a swastika merged with a Star of David; Elon Musk replied, saying he violated Twitter rules  —  @TheeAleexJ @kanyewest I tried my best. Despite that, he again violated our rule against incitement to violence. Account will be suspended.
Darrell Etherington / TechCrunch:
Parler's owner says it “has mutually agreed with Ye to terminate the intent of sale of Parler”, after announcing the deal in October  —  Despite a joint statement between Ye (fka Kanye West) and Parler in October noting that the two had reached an agreement for the rapper to buy …
Insider:
Source: a16z's Future is shutting down; Future hasn't published a new article in months, most of its editorial staffers have left, and its newsletter is defunct  —  Future was the next big thing in media.  —  Launched in June of 2021, it was billed as a buzzy new tech publication …
@coinbasewallet:
[Thread] Coinbase says Apple “blocked our last” Wallet iOS app release until the exchange disabled sending NFTs, claiming Apple wanted a 30% cut from gas fees  —  You might have noticed you can't send NFTs on Coinbase Wallet iOS anymore. This is because Apple blocked our last app release until we disabled the feature. 🧵
Anil Ananthaswamy / Nature:
DeepMind unveils DeepNash, an AI agent that matches human experts in the board game Stratego by combining game theory and model-free deep reinforcement learning  —  Anil Ananthaswamy is the author of Through Two Doors at Once, among other books.  His next is on the mathematics of machine learning.
Patience Haggin / Wall Street Journal:
Sources: Twitter offers advertisers generous incentives, including matching $500K to $1M in spending in 2022, in a bid to jump start its faltering business  —  Advertisers booking at least $500,000 in incremental spending would be matched, up to a $1 million cap  —  Elon Musk Says Twitter Bankruptcy Is a Possibility.
Marco Quiroz-Gutierrez / Fortune:
Stripe debuts a customizable fiat-to-crypto payments widget for Web3 devs to directly embed into their apps; Stripe to handle KYC checks, fraud, and compliance  —  Payments processing company Stripe on Thursday announced a so-called “fiat-to-crypto on-ramp” to make payments easier for Web3 companies.
Tony Romm / Washington Post:
US House committee report details how fintech companies, like Blueacorn, allegedly disbursed billions in fraudulent PPP loans, while collecting billions in fees  —  Little-known firms such as Blueacorn and Womply allegedly collected taxpayer-funded fees as they overlooked signs of grift …
Derek Thompson / The Atlantic:
A look at some implications for generative AI: “answer engines” replacing search engines, AI mastering cognitive tasks by surveilling how experts work, and more  —  This is Work in Progress, a newsletter by Derek Thompson about work, technology, and how to solve some of America's biggest problems.
James Hale / Tubefilter:
Discord renames Premium Memberships as Server Subscriptions and makes them available for all US creators; Discord will take a 10% cut of subscriptions  —  Over the past year, Discord has been testing creator monetization through what it called “Premium Memberships”-a monthly paid tier similar …
Olivia Solon / Bloomberg:
TikTok and Bumble plan to use StopNCII.org's database of hashes of nude images and videos to block revenge porn; Meta has been using it since last year  —  The UN's 16 days of activism against gender-based violence is on now, and “revenge porn” is in focus.  But first...  Today's must-reads:
New York Times:
A video and live blog of Sam Bankman-Fried being interviewed by Andrew Ross Sorkin at the New York Times' DealBook Summit, covering FTX, Alameda, and more  —  FTX, the crypto exchange Mr. Bankman-Fried founded, declared bankruptcy this month in a failure that wiped out billions of investor dollars.
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