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February 6, 2023, 9:25 PM

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James Vincent / The Verge:
Erin Woo / The Information:
Internal doc: just ~180K US users paid for Twitter subscriptions like Blue as of mid-January, implying annual revenue from subscriptions globally of around $28M  —  Around 180,000 people in the U.S. were paying for subscriptions to Twitter, including Twitter Blue, as of mid-January …
Helene Braun / CoinDesk:
Binance plans to “temporarily” suspend US dollar bank transfers on February 8 and says that 0.01% of its monthly active users rely on USD bank transfers  —  USD bank transfers comprise only a tiny bit of monthly active users, the exchange said.  —  Join the most important conversation …
New York Times:
Tests show CSAM still spreads and gets recommended on Twitter, including known material that's easier to detect; one video had 122K+ views in just over a month  —  Child sexual abuse imagery spreads on Twitter even after the company is notified: One video drew 120,000 views.
James Vincent / The Verge:
Getty Images sues Stability AI in the US for allegedly copying 12M+ images without permission or compensation for training data used to create Stable Diffusion  —  Getty Images has filed a lawsuit in the US against Stability AI, creators of open-source AI art generator Stable Diffusion, escalating its legal battle against the firm.
Ben Thompson / Stratechery:
A look at the four horsemen of the tech recession: a hangover from growth during COVID-19, hardware lifecycles, the end of zero interest rates, and Apple's ATT  —  It really was jarring to see those employment figures the same week that tech company after tech company reported mostly disappointing earnings …
CNBC:
Gemini will contribute up to $100M to Genesis' bankruptcy recovery, mainly for its Earn users, who had ~$900M of assets frozen when Genesis paused withdrawals  —  - Crypto exchange Gemini will contribute $100 million in cash to a recovery plan for bankrupt crypto lender Genesis.
Rohan Goswami / CNBC:
ChatGPT users are finding various “jailbreaks” that get the tool to seemingly ignore OpenAI's evolving content restrictions and provide unfettered responses  —  - Reddit users have engineered a prompt for artificial intelligence software ChatGPT that tries to force it to violate its own programming on content restrictions.
Apurva Venkat / CSO:
The US, France, Italy, and others warn about a ransomware attack on VMware ESXi servers, despite a February 2021 patch; Censys: 3,200+ servers have been hacked  —  A global ransomware attack has targeted thousands of servers running the VMware ESxi hypervisor, with many more servers expected to be affected …
Brody Ford / Bloomberg:
Dell plans to cut ~6,650 jobs, or ~5% of its global workforce, taking its headcount to ~126.3K, down by ~39K from January 2020, as the pandemic-era PC boom ends  —  Dell Technologies Inc., facing plummeting demand for personal computers, will eliminate about 6,650 jobs …
Tim Higgins / Wall Street Journal:
Since buying Twitter, Elon Musk says his workload has reached 120+ hours per week, leading to little sleep and “severe back pain”, as he runs multiple companies  —  At Tesla trial and in tweets, executive gives a glimpse into personal challenges  —  Elon Musk's Tesla Tweets Trial: What to Know
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Microsoft announces an in-person press event at its Redmond HQ on February 7 at 10am PT, expected to focus mainly on its OpenAI partnership and ChatGPT for Bing  —  Microsoft is holding a major news event tomorrow on February 7th.  The software giant first mailed out invites to an in-person event …

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