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January 26, 2023, 1:05 PM

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IDC:
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) …
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 …
Axios:
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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Alexandra Bruell / Wall Street Journal:
Memo: BuzzFeed plans to rely on OpenAI to enhance quizzes and personalize content; a spokesperson says its newsroom is focused on “human-generated journalism”  —  CEO Jonah Peretti said publisher would use the technology to make more comprehensive quizzes, interactive content
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.
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.
Lawfare:
Wall Street Journal:
Sources: Stripe co-founders Patrick and John Collison told staff their goal is to go public or let employees sell shares in private markets in the next year  —  Fintech startup hires Goldman, JPMorgan to advise on direct listing or private-market transaction involving employees' shares
Carly Page / TechCrunch:
The FBI, DOJ, Secret Service, and European agencies seize ransomware gang Hive's website and decryption keys; FBI had access to Hive's network since July 2022  —  The infrastructure behind Hive, one of the most prolific ransomware operations, has been seized by law enforcement agencies in the United States and Europe.
The Block:
A 116-page bankruptcy document lists FTX's creditors, including AWS, Apple, Meta, LinkedIn, Netflix, Binance, the WSJ, and the Prime Minister of the Bahamas  —  - FTX owes money to a wide range of individuals, businesses, and entities, including major digital asset firms, banks, star athletes, and governments.
Matthew Ball / MatthewBall.vc:
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) …
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's stock is up 9%+ 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 …
Bill Toulas / BleepingComputer:
Yandex says a former employee is responsible for the leak of a 44.7GB source code repository on a hacking forum and that the company's systems were not hacked  —  A Yandex source code repository allegedly stolen by a former employee of the Russian technology company has been leaked as a Torrent on a popular hacking forum.
Wall Street Journal:
NSO Group CEO Yaron Shohat, named in August 2022, acknowledges clients sometimes misused Pegasus, but defends selling hacking tools to police and intel agencies  —  Yaron Shohat acknowledges mistakes but defends the technology as vital  —  WASHINGTON—Embattled Israeli technology firm NSO Group acknowledged …

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