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December 26, 2022, 10:55 PM

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Faiz Siddiqui / Washington Post:
Former Twitter employees and people in Elon Musk's orbit detail his erratic leadership; Musk wanted “full access” for Bari Weiss, which staff refused to grant  —  Musk's intense focus on his social media company purchase has devolved into the culture wars.  Meanwhile, Tesla is tanking.
Freddy Brewster / Los Angeles Times:
FOIA emails detail Sam Bankman-Fried's courtship of US federal regulators, including hiring former regulators and dining with ex-CFTC Commissioner Dan Berkovitz  —  Before his mid-December arrest, cryptocurrency billionaire Sam Bankman-Fried repeatedly claimed that he was a responsible business leader …
Timmy Shen / Forkast:
IntoTheBlock: the Bitcoin network hash rate fell by 38.8%+ on December 24 from its December 21 peak as many US-based miners paused operations due to blizzards  —  The Bitcoin network hashrate has dropped by more than 38.8% from its peak on Wednesday, as many U.S.-based miners have been forced …
Thomas Claburn / The Register:
Stanford study: programmers who used AI tools like GitHub Copilot to solve a set of coding challenges produced less secure code than those who did not  —  At the same time, tools like Github Copilot and Facebook InCoder make developers believe their code is sound
More: arXiv and WinBuzzer
Omer Benjakob / Haaretz:
A look at Tel Aviv-based Toka, which helps governments, intelligence agencies, and law enforcement hack security cameras to alter live feeds and past recordings  —  Meet Toka, the Israeli cyber firm founded by Ehud Barak, that lets clients hack cameras and change their feeds - just like in Hollywood heist movies
Ben Hunte / VICE:
A look at the Central African Republic's decision to adopt bitcoin as legal tender in April 2022 and launch a half-baked “Sangocoin” cryptocurrency in July 2022  —  The Central African Republic heralded its status as the only country in Africa to adopt Bitcoin as legal currency …
Justin Garrison / Justin Garrison:
Stack Overflow's 2022 Developer Survey: 40.2% use a Linux-based system, up from 25.3% in 2021 and 23.2% in 2018, compared to 62.3% for Windows and 31.1% for Mac  —  Thanks to the 2022 StackOverflow developer survey we can finally say 2022 was the year of Linux on the Desktop!
Patrick McGee / Financial Times:
Experts warn of a months-long disruption risk to Apple's iPhone production, operations, and Chinese consumer demand caused by China's latest COVID-19 wave  —  Supply chain experts warn outbreak following reversal of zero-Covid curbs creates uncertainty for iPhone maker
Qianer Liu / Financial Times:
Experts say Hua Hong, China's second-largest chip foundry, is barely affected by US sanctions and its focus on older chips could make it Beijing's new favorite  —  US restrictions on advanced tech help foundry benefit from Beijing's shifting view of the semiconductor supply chain
Shen Lu / Wall Street Journal:
Sensor Tower: Pinduoduo's marketplace Temu app had 10.8M US installations since September 1 and became the most downloaded US app from November 1 to December 14  —  Temu, a marketplace with deep discounts and copious coupons, has become the most downloaded mobile app in the U.S.  — Copy Link

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