February 7, 2023, 11:05 AM

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James Vincent / The Verge:
Matthew Panzarino / TechCrunch:
An interview with Apple executives Tim Millet and Bob Borchers on M2, building on M1, transitioning from Intel, the future of Mac gaming, Metal APIs, and more  —  On M2 chips, Mac mini and how the Mac will thrive in gaming  —  Apple's M series chips were incredibly well telegraphed when they arrived in late 2021.
Financial Times:
Filings: Digital Currency Group begins selling shares in investment vehicles run by its subsidiary Grayscale at a steep discount, seeking to repay creditors  —  Digital assets conglomerate sells down holdings in prized investments at a discount to pay creditors
Gemini plans to provide 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.
Erin Woo / The Information:
Internal Twitter document: just ~180,000 US users paid for Blue and other subscriptions as of mid-January, implying ~$28M annual subscription revenue globally  —  Around 180,000 people in the U.S. were paying for subscriptions to Twitter, including Twitter Blue, as of mid-January …
Ron Amadeo / Ars Technica:
Samsung Galaxy S23 users say the smartphone uses ~60GB of its storage for Android and pre-installed apps, four times more than the Google Pixel 7 Pro's ~15GB  —  Samsung's Android build is 4x bigger than Google's—twice the size of Windows 11.  —  As a smartphone operating system …
Salvador Rodriguez / Wall Street Journal:
Internal memo: Meta plans to revamp Horizon Worlds, including opening the app to users aged 13-17, seeking to improve user retention as competition intensifies  —  Memo highlights social-media giant's plan to revitalize app, boost users in 2023  —  Facebook parent Meta Platforms Inc. META 1.29%increase …
SoftBank reports a ~$5B loss for its Vision Fund in Q3, its fourth straight quarterly loss, and investments of less than $350M in only a few startups  —  SoftBank Group Corp.'s first earnings report without founder Masayoshi Son went a lot like those he presided over the past few years …
Zheping Huang / Bloomberg:
Baidu's stock jumps 15%+ after the company announced plans to add its ChatGPT-like service “Wenxin Yiyan”, or “Ernie Bot” in English, to search in March 2023  —  Baidu Inc. surged more than 15% after affirming it's on track to publicly roll out its ChatGPT-like service in March …
Sergiu Gatlan / BleepingComputer:
The LockBit ransomware gang claims responsibility for an attack on the UK's Royal Mail that halted international shipping, contradicting an earlier statement  —  The LockBit ransomware operation has claimed the cyberattack on UK's leading mail delivery service Royal Mail that forced the company …
Nintendo cuts its full-year earnings and revenue outlook, including operating income from ~$3.8B to ~$3.6B, and revises Switch sales forecasts from ~19M to ~18M  —  Nintendo Co. cut its full-year earnings and revenue outlook, underscoring uncertainty around its aging Switch console and the global gaming environment.
Amanda Hoover / Wired:
Mastodon reports having ~1.4M MAUs, after climbing in two months from 380K MAUs to 2.5M+ in November 2022, as many newcomers complain the service is hard to use  —  Active users have fallen by more than 1 million since the exodus from Elon Musk's Twitter, suggesting the decentralized platform is not a direct replacement.
WhatsApp updates Status, adding a Private Audience Selector, Status Reactions, 30-second Voice Status messages, and more, rolling out on iOS, Android, and web  —  WhatsApp has just announced a set of new features for status updates, which will be available to users on both iOS and Android devices over the coming weeks.
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.

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