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December 9, 2022, 1:25 AM

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The FTC sues to block Microsoft's $69B Activision Blizzard acquisition, charging that the deal announced in January may suppress Microsoft's gaming competitors  —  Lawsuit marks Lina Khan's most significant effort to date to address tech industry consolidation, and it could upend Microsoft's gaming ambitions
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Nick Turner / Bloomberg:
Elon Musk says Twitter is working on an update that will tell users if they've been “shadowbanned”, the reason why, and how to appeal  —  Twitter Inc. owner Elon Musk, continuing a shake-up of the platform he acquired in October for $44 billion, said the company will begin telling users …
Chelsey Cox / CNBC:
The SEC asks US public companies to disclose their exposure and risks related to crypto assets after “recent bankruptcies and financial distress”  —  - The SEC is advising companies to disclose their involvement with digital commodities firms, according to guidance released Thursday.
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:
Google announces Chrome will get a Memory Saver mode, which promises to cut memory usage by up to 30%, and an Energy Saver mode, rolling out in the coming weeks  —  Google today announced two new performance settings in its Chrome browser: Memory Saver and Energy Saver.
Sebastian Herrera / Wall Street Journal:
Amazon rolls out Inspire, a TikTok-like photo and video feed in its app that lets customers “like” and buy products, initially to select customers in the US  —  The tech giant joins Facebook, Google in seeking to capitalize on popularity of short-form video format
Sami Fathi / MacRumors:
A look at the reaction to Apple's E2EE news: the FBI is “deeply concerned” and says the change “hinders” its work while the EFF and others applaud the feature  —  Apple yesterday announced that end-to-end encryption is coming to even more sensitive types of iCloud data …
Tatum Hunter / Washington Post:
A look at Prisma Labs' portrait generation app Lensa, which launched in 2018 and took off in 2022, after adding Stable Diffusion-based “magic avatars”  —  Social media is celebrating.  Artists are protesting.  What's the real cost of an AI-generated portrait?
Jasmine Pennic / HIT Consultant:
Tokyo-based Ubie, which offers an AI-powered patient symptom questionnaire for medical care guidance, closed a $45M Series C, bringing its total funding to $76M  —  What You Should Know:  — Ubie, Inc., a Tokyo-based healthcare startup, announced it has closed its Series C round at $45M by raising $19M in an extension round.
Alex Heath / The Verge:
An interview with Tim Sweeney about his crusade to break Apple's power over the App Store, and how it is increasingly a problem for speech and not just business  —  Sweeney says he's willing to go to the Supreme Court to fight Apple's control of the App Store.  But first, he's hoping Congress will act before it's too late.
Ezra Reguerra / Cointelegraph:
Some NFTs minted on FTX now show blank images instead of the original art as the metadata points to an FTX.US domain used for a bankruptcy restructuring website  —  NFTs hosted on FTX platform were affected by the firm's collapse, showing blank images instead of the original art.  —  191 Total views

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