January 5, 2023, 1:40 AM

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Wall Street Journal:
Amazon says it plans to lay off 18,000+ employees, more than its initial target of 10,000 in November 2022, the “majority” from retail and recruiting divisions  —  Cuts focused on the company's corporate staff exceed earlier projection  —  Amazon AMZN -0.79%decrease …
Jessica Conditt / Engadget:
Sony unveils Project Leonardo, an accessibility controller kit with a circular gamepad for PS5 that can be used on its own or paired with DualSense controllers  —  Sony is building a better PlayStation 5 controller with Project Leonardo, a kit that promises to make games easier to play for people with limited motor control.
Vincent Manancourt / Politico:
The Irish DPC fines Meta €390M over GDPR breaches related to its ad and data handling practices, giving the company three months to comply; Meta plans to appeal  —  Meta faces €390 million in fines and must find a new legal route to targeted ads, while the Irish regulator is suing …
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Thomas Germain / Gizmodo:
Erroneous facial recognition helped jail a Black man in Georgia for nearly a week after cops got a warrant in Louisiana, a state he says he has never visited  —  An algorithm sent a Black man to jail in Louisiana, a state he'd never visited, according to his lawyer.  Experts say he won't be the last.
Lawrence Abrams / BleepingComputer:
A hacker allegedly leaks a data set containing email addresses of 200M+ Twitter users, apparently a cleaner version of the 400M set circulating in December 2022  —  A data leak described as containing email addresses for over 200 million Twitter users has been published on a popular hacker forum for about $2.
Crystal Kim / Axios:
A US judge rules that the crypto deposits in bankrupt crypto lender Celsius Network's yield-bearing accounts belong to Celsius and not individual holders  —  Celsius Network's bankruptcy might have just set a precedent in determining what crypto assets belong to whom when stored on a centralized platform.
Jack Schickler / CoinDesk:
US officials say the DOJ seized or is in the process of seizing assets potentially tied to FTX, like ~$450M in Robinhood shares whose ownership is under dispute  —  Officials may later seek to have Sam Bankman-Fried forfeit the assets, potentially including as much as $450 million in stocks, to avoid benefiting from crimes
Bill Toulas / BleepingComputer:
Researchers find API security flaws in almost 20 car manufacturers' systems that could let hackers unlock, start, and track cars, plus access customers' data  —  Almost twenty car manufacturers and services contained API security vulnerabilities that could have allowed hackers to perform malicious activity …
Rob Zuber / CircleCI:
CircleCI says it's investigating a “security incident” and “out of an abundance of caution” all customers should “rotate any and all secrets stored in CircleCI”  —  We wanted to make you aware that we are currently investigating a security incident, and that our investigation is ongoing.
New York Times:
Coinbase settles with New York regulators over breaking money-laundering laws for $100M, comprising a $50M fine and $50M for compliance; COIN closes up 12.2%  —  The U.S. crypto exchange will pay a $50 million fine for letting customers open accounts with few background checks and spend $50 million to improve compliance.
Nelson Wang / CoinDesk:
The US SEC files a limited objection to Binance.US' $1.02B bid for crypto lender Voyager's assets, asking for sufficient details on how Binance plans to pay  —  The agency is asking for more details how the crypto exchange can afford the deal.  —  Join the most important conversation …
Michael Elsen-Rooney / Chalkbeat New York:
The New York City Department of Education, the US' largest school system, bans access to OpenAI's ChatGPT on school devices and networks, amid cheating concerns  —  New York City students and teachers can no longer access ChatGPT — the new artificial intelligence-powered chatbot …
Monica Chin / The Verge:
Asus unveils its Vivobook Pro 16X and ProArt Studiobook 16 laptops with 3.2K, 120Hz glasses-free 3D OLED 16-inch displays  —  For some companies that sell gaming and creator-oriented laptops, glasses-free 3D has become a bit of a dream.  Acer first tried it back in 2021.

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