January 26, 2023, 9:30 AM

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Meta plans to reinstate Donald Trump's Facebook and Instagram accounts in the coming weeks with “new guardrails to deter repeat offenses”, after a two-year ban  —  - “We've always believed that Americans should be able to hear from the people who want to lead the country,” Clegg told Axios.
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Chris Stokel-Walker / Fast Company:
Q&A with DoNotPay's Joshua Browder on pivoting from legal issues to refocus on consumer support after getting “distracted”, ChatGPT, future plans, and more  —  When British-American entrepreneur Joshua Browder first launched his legal services chatbot DoNotPay in 2015 …
Kathryn Tewson / Techdirt:
Hands-on with DoNotPay, a service claiming to be the first robot lawyer: slow, drafted a terrible defamation demand letter, missed legal issues, and more  —  Note: This post is an adaptation of what started initially as a Twitter thread.  —  I've been going pretty hard on DoNotPay …
Worldwide smartphone shipments declined 18.3% YoY to 300.3M in Q4 2022, the largest ever drop in a quarter; Apple dropped 14.9%, Samsung 15.6%, and Xiaomi 26.3%  —  Worldwide smartphone shipments declined 18.3% year over year to 300.3 million units in the fourth quarter of 2022 (4Q22) …
New York Times:
Under increasing pressure in the US, ByteDance and TikTok shift their strategy for dealing with officials by going on the offense and speaking out publicly  —  Keeping its head down has not paid off for the company, which now faces regulatory pressure on many fronts.  So it is starting to speak out.
A briefing by TikTok details Project Texas, its plan to remain operational in the US, including by moving data to a US subsidiary and using Oracle Cloud  —  Since 2019, TikTok has been negotiating with the U.S. government to address concerns about potential national security risks posed by the platform.
Wall Street Journal:
New York AG Letitia James asks Madison Square Garden Entertainment for information on the alleged use of facial recognition to deny access to ticket holders  —  Probe related to company's alleged use of the technology to bar certain ticket holders from its venues
Brody Ford / Bloomberg:
IBM plans to cut ~1.5% of its global workforce, or a “ballpark” of 3,900 jobs, focusing on workers who stayed after IBM spun off Kyndryl and Watson Health  —  International Business Machines Corp. delivered an upbeat annual sales forecast while announcing it would eliminate …
Connie Guglielmo / CNET:
CNET's EIC reflects on the outlet's AI use and lessons learned, like ensuring that bylines and disclosures are visible and plagiarism checks are done properly  —  New tools are accelerating change in the publishing industry.  We're going to help shape that change.
Matthew Ball /
A brief history of VR/AR/MR devices and why hardware challenges have limited mainstream adoption, which could likely slow the metaverse's emergence and growth  —  Modern efforts to build extended reality (XR) devices—i.e., dedicated virtual reality (VR), dedicated augmented reality (AR) …
The Economic Times:
Sources: Accel and Tiger Global are in talks to sell their remaining Flipkart stakes, around 1% and 4%, respectively, to parent company Walmart for ~$1.5B  —  Happy 74th Republic Day!  —  Two early backers of Flipkart - venture fund Accel Partners and New York-based investment firm Tiger Global …
Aggi Cantrill / Bloomberg:
German software maker SAP plans to cut ~3,000 jobs in 2023, or 2.5% of its staff, and explore selling its remaining Qualtrics stake; SAP stock is down 12% YTD  —  SAP SE is planning to cut about 3,000 jobs this year while exploring a sale of its remaining stake in Qualtrics International Inc …
Wall Street Journal:
Sources: Elon Musk's team has been exploring selling up to $3B in potential new Twitter shares to help repay some of the $13B in debt tacked on for the buyout  —  Elon Musk's team has held talks with investors about raising up to $3 billion to repay some of the $13 billion in debt tacked onto Twitter Inc …
Wall Street Journal:
NSO Group CEO Yaron Shohat, appointed in August 2022, acknowledges clients sometimes misused Pegasus, but defends giving the tools to police and intel agencies  —  Yaron Shohat acknowledges mistakes but defends the technology as vital  —  WASHINGTON—Embattled Israeli technology firm NSO Group acknowledged …
Michelle Celarier / New York Magazine:
Documents: besides FTX, US bank Silvergate has been used by 12+ crypto companies that were fined, closed, bankrupt, or under investigation, including Binance  —  The good news about the collapse of Sam Bankman-Fried's cryptocurrency empire is that its failure did not send shock waves through …
Dan Ladden-Hall / The Daily Beast:
After an uproar, Twitter suspends US white nationalist Nick Fuentes' verified account, one day after lifting the Holocaust denier's ban that began in July 2021  —  ‘FUN WHILE IT LASTED’  —  Twitter's decision to reinstate the account of unabashed neo-Nazi Nick Fuentes worked out about exactly …
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