December 18, 2022, 11:45 AM

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Mark Gurman / Bloomberg:
Sources: Apple is working on Mac Pro with M2 Ultra, but cancelled the double Ultra capacity “Extreme” chips; new Mac Pro computers could be assembled in Vietnam  —  The new high-end Mac Pro with Apple silicon is behind schedule, and you can blame changes to the company's chip and manufacturing plans.
Jasper Ward / Reuters:
Source: Sam Bankman-Fried plans to reverse his decision to contest extradition to the US; legal experts say any trial is likely more than a year away  —  Former FTX CEO Sam Bankman-Fried is expected to appear in court in the Bahamas on Monday to reverse his decision to contest extradition …
New York Times:
Sources: US prosecutors are seeking information from Democrats and Republicans about donations from SBF and ex-FTX executives Ryan Salame and Nishad Singh  —  Federal prosecutors appear to be focusing on possible wrongdoing by cryptocurrency executives, rather than by Democratic or Republican politicians.
Mitchell Clark / The Verge:
Google launches client-side encryption for Gmail in beta and lets Workspace administrators sign up until January 20, coming to Gmail for Android and iOS later  —  Google has launched a beta of its client-side encryption for Gmail, letting businesses apply to test out the feature meant to make …
Mitchell Clark / The Verge:
Twitter reactivates some journalists' accounts, after 58.7% of participants in Elon Musk's poll voted to lift the suspension “now” compared to 41.3% “in 7 days”  —  (The journalists did not reveal his real-time location.)  Out of the two poll options, “now” …
Media Matters for America:
Alex Cranz / The Verge:
Netflix, HBO Max, and other streaming services scale back on experimental content that caters to smaller audiences, amid rising costs and increased competition  —  For a few years, there was a boon of content, and we were all wonderfully spoiled.  And now that's over.  —  It's over.
Amy Harmon / New York Times:
A profile of iNaturalist, a not-for-profit social network that uses an ML algorithm to help users identify plants and animals, driving cooperation and consensus  —  A not-for-profit initiative of the California Academy of Sciences and the National Geographic Society, iNaturalist says it aims …
Bryce Elder / Financial Times:
Douyin has become China's fourth biggest e-commerce company by GMV, as short videos prove ideal as bait for long ads by giving higher purchase conversion rates  —  Understanding the appeal of adverts for adverts  —  Once again, very serious people are talking very seriously about the geopolitical threat posed by dance skits.
New York Times:
Meta Executive Advisor and former Oculus CTO John Carmack leaves the company after more than eight years, saying Meta is operating at “half the effectiveness”  —  John Carmack, who was chief technology officer of Oculus, which Meta bought, is departing the company.
Nancy Scola / Politico:
A Q&A with CA Rep. Ro Khanna about Elon Musk, being mentioned in the “Twitter Files”, passing antitrust and privacy laws, cryptocurrencies, FTX, and more  —  A longtime creature of the tech world, it's perhaps not surprising that Rep. Ro Khanna makes an appearance in the latest Silicon Valley scandal.

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