February 7, 2023, 1:55 PM

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Tom Warren / The Verge:
A live blog of Microsoft's press event, where the company announced a ChatGPT-powered Bing and Edge, detailed its AI progress and OpenAI partnership, and more  —  Microsoft is holding a surprise event at its Redmond headquarters today, where it's expected to focus on its OpenAI partnership and introduce a version of Bing with ChatGPT.
James Vincent / The Verge:
Microsoft unveils an updated Bing search engine and Edge web browser integrated with OpenAI's ChatGPT, calling the services an AI-powered “co-pilot” for the web  —  Microsoft has announced a new version of its search engine Bing, powered by an upgraded version of the same AI technology that underpins chatbot ChatGPT.
Jess Weatherbed / The Verge:
Google plans to blur explicit images in search results by default “in the coming months” but let signed-in users over 18 turn off the new online safety feature  —  Google is introducing a new online safety feature to help users avoid inadvertently seeing graphically violent …
Financial Times:
Filings: Digital Currency Group sells shares in funds run by its subsidiary Grayscale at a steep discount, aiming to repay creditors of its bankrupt lending arm  —  Digital assets conglomerate sells down holdings in prized investments at a discount to pay creditors
Matthew Panzarino / TechCrunch:
An interview with Apple executives Tim Millet and Bob Borchers on the M1 reset, M2's speed jump, leaving Intel, Mac gaming's future, new 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.
Former Coinbase manager Ishan Wahi pleads guilty to two counts of conspiracy to commit wire fraud after his brother Nikhil was sentenced to 10 months in January  —  A former Coinbase Global Inc (COIN.O) product manager pleaded guilty on Tuesday in what U.S. prosecutors have called …
Salvador Rodriguez / Wall Street Journal:
Memo: Meta is revamping Horizon Worlds and plans to open the app to users aged 13 to 17, seeking to improve user retention as metaverse 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 Vision Fund lost ~$5B in Q3, its fourth straight quarterly loss, and less than $350M invested in a few startups, 95% below its $6B average pace  —  SoftBank Group Corp.'s first earnings report without founder Masayoshi Son went a lot like those he presided over the past few years …
Sergiu Gatlan / BleepingComputer:
The LockBit ransomware gang claims responsibility for the 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 …
Amanda Hoover / Wired:
Mastodon reports having ~1.4M MAUs, after climbing from ~380K in October 2022 to over 2.5M in November, 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.
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 …
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.
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 …
Mehnaz Yasmin / Reuters:
Toronto-based Hut 8 Mining plans to merge with Miami-based US Bitcoin Corp, creating Hut 8 Corp, a crypto mining giant in North America with a ~$990M market cap  —  Canada's Hut 8 Mining Corp. (HUT.TO) plans to merge with rival U.S. Bitcoin in an all-stock deal to create a mining giant in North America, the companies said on Tuesday.
Nintendo cuts its 2023 earnings and revenue outlook, including operating income from ~$3.8B to ~$3.6B, and lowers its Switch sales forecast 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.
WhatsApp updates Status with a Private Audience Selector, 30-second Voice Status messages, Status Reactions, and more, rolling out on iOS, Android, and the 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.

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