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January 9, 2023, 1:35 AM

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Mark Gurman / Bloomberg:
Sources: Apple plans to unveil its “Reality Pro” headset this spring, before WWDC; the new Mac Pro will look like the 2019 model but lose user-upgradeable RAM  —  2023 is set to be the year of Apple's mixed-reality headset and not much else.  Also: The company hikes battery-replacement costs …
Elizabeth Dwoskin / Washington Post:
How Telegram, TikTok, Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter were used to boost election fraud claims in Brazil before riots hit congress and supreme court buildings  —  Researchers detected a surge in agressive rhetoric from election denialists in far-right channels online ahead of Sunday's rioting
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.
Todd Bishop / GeekWire:
Seattle Public Schools sue TikTok, YouTube, Facebook, Snap, Instagram, and their parent companies for allegedly exploiting “the vulnerable brains of youth”  —  A new lawsuit filed by Seattle Public Schools against TikTok, YouTube, Facebook, Snap, Instagram, and their parent companies alleges …
Naomi Nix / Washington Post:
Meta says it is weeks away from announcing its decision on reinstating Trump, who as recently as last week was still harassing 2020 election workers by name  —  The platform cut Trump's indefinite suspension to two years at the urging of its Oversight Board.  But that doesn't mean he's coming back.
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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 …
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.
Bloomberg:
Sources: Twitter cuts staff in its already diminished trust and safety team handling global content moderation and in a unit for 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 …
Josh Nicholas / The Guardian:
Mastodon's “active users” fell 30%+ from a 2.5M+ peak in early December 2022 to ~1.8M in the first week of January, and are still declining but at a slower pace  —  More than 130,000 people were joining the new independent social media network a day in November.  So why hasn't it taken off?

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