January 8, 2023, 2:00 PM

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Mark Gurman / Bloomberg:
Sources: Apple's headset “Reality Pro” to be unveiled this spring, before WWDC; new Mac Pro will have the same design as current Intel model, no expandable RAM  —  2023 is set to be the year of Apple's mixed-reality headset and not much else.  Also: The company hikes battery …
Todd Bishop / GeekWire:
Seattle Public Schools sue TikTok, YouTube, Facebook, Snap, Instagram, and their parent companies for allegedly causing a youth mental health crisis  —  A new lawsuit filed by Seattle Public Schools against TikTok, YouTube, Facebook, Snap, Instagram, and their parent companies alleges …
New York Times:
PitchBook: investors pumped $1.37B+ into generative AI companies across 78 deals in 2022, almost as much as was invested in the previous five years combined  —  An investment frenzy over “generative artificial intelligence” has gripped Silicon Valley, as tools that generate text …
Washington Post:
Josh Nicholas / The Guardian:
The number of active users on Mastodon dropped from a peak of over 2.5M in early December 2022 to about 1.8M in the first week of January 2023  —  More than 130,000 people were joining the new independent social media network a day in November.  So why hasn't it taken off?
Alex Kantrowitz / Big Technology:
The economic downturn is hurting the creator economy, one of the most-hyped sectors of the past decade, in particular since its middle class hasn't yet emerged  —  We're seeing the truth about one of the most-hyped sectors of the past decade.  —  After years of hype, the Creator Economy is slamming into reality.
Oliver Whang / New York Times:
A look at Columbia University's Creative Machines Lab, which is exploring questions around artificial consciousness and the possibility of self-aware robots  —  The pursuit of artificial awareness may be humankind's next moonshot.  But it comes with a slurry of difficult questions.
Sources: Twitter cuts more staff in its diminished trust and safety team handling global content moderation and in a unit mitigating hate speech and harassment  —  Twitter Inc., under new owner Elon Musk, has made deeper cuts into its already radically diminished trust and safety team handling …
Tony Ho Tran / The Daily Beast:
GPTZero, a Princeton student's app that uses perplexity and burstiness metrics to help detect whether a human or ChatGPT wrote an academic essay, goes viral  —  “Humans deserve to know when the writing isn't human.”  —  Deputy Editor, Innovation & Tech … Edward Tian was fast asleep when his bot broke a website.
Aaron Holmes / The Information:
Sources: Microsoft is working on incorporating existing and future versions of OpenAI's GPT into Word, PowerPoint, Outlook, and its other productivity apps  —  In a move that could change how more than a billion people write documents, presentations and emails, Microsoft …
Lauren Leffer / Gizmodo:
DoNotPay plans to use its AI-based legal advisor to coach a defendant via an earpiece to fight a speeding ticket in an unnamed US courtroom in February 2023  —  The AI legal assistant has helped people contest parking tickets, now it's leveling up to the courtroom—and the judge doesn't know.
Allison Johnson / The Verge:
After years of hype, 5G took a back seat at CES 2023, as the industry focuses on laying the groundwork for self-driving cars, AR, and expanding IoT in cities  —  When it wasn't being overshadowed by covid resurgences, CES, for the past few years, has partially functioned as a big 5G pep rally.

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