February 9, 2023, 10:50 AM

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Financial Times:
Inside FTX's final hours, described by employees, chat logs, and Sam Bankman-Fried: panic selling assets, trying to raise funds, SBF's silence, and bankruptcy  —  In January, I walked up the front steps of a single-storey, grey-shingled house in a neighbourhood on the fringe of Stanford University.
Twitter's free APIs will work until February 13, when the company will launch a low-usage $100/month plan and a limited free plan and deprecates its Premium API  —  We have been busy with some updates to the Twitter API so you can continue to build and innovate with us. We're excited to announce an extension of the current free Twitter API access through February 13. Here's what we're shipping then 🧵
Twitter lets US Blue subscribers tweet up to 4,000 characters; in timelines, longer tweets will be capped at 280 characters and have an option to “Show more”  —  need more than 280 characters to express yourself? we know that lots of you do... and while we love a good thread, sometimes you just want to Tweet everything all at once. we get that. so we're introducing longer Tweets! you're gonna want to check this out. tap this 👉
Nilay Patel / The Verge:
Q&A with Satya Nadella on Microsoft's partnership with OpenAI, using AI to improve search as a product, competition with Google, the Prometheus model, and more  —  I'm coming to you from Microsoft's campus in Redmond, where just a few hours ago, Microsoft announced that the next version …
Jonathan Greig / The Record:
The CISA publishes a recovery script for the ESXiArgs ransomware that encrypted files at 3,800+ organizations across the US, France, Italy, and other countries  —  The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency has published a process for recovering files for organizations affected …
Yogita Khatri / The Block:
Tether claims $700M in Q4 profit, in addition to its reserves, and $67.04B in total assets and $66.08B in liabilities; Tether-secured loans were down by $300M  —  - Tether issued its latest attestation report, saying its assets exceeded its liabilities as of December 2022.
Joey Roulette / Reuters:
SpaceX COO Gwynne Shotwell says the company limited Ukraine's military from using Starlink to control drones as its service was “never meant to be weaponized”  —  SpaceX has taken steps to prevent Ukraine's military from using the company's Starlink satellite internet service …
Michael Potuck / 9to5Mac:
Many Twitter users reported issues on February 8, from outages to not being able to tweet except by scheduling or via an API; the issues seem to be mostly fixed  —  Shortly after Twitter launched its huge increase in max character count to 4,000 today, many users aren't able to tweet this afternoon.
Ben Schoon / 9to5Google:
Google confirms that AI-generated content isn't against its Search guidelines, but using AI content to manipulate search results ranking violates its policies  —  AI is set to change the game in some big ways in the near future, and AI-generated content is one of the more controversial elements.
Alexander Martin / The Record:
The US and the UK sanction seven people, all based in Russia, connected to the Conti and Ryuk ransomware gangs and the Trickbot banking trojan  —  The United Kingdom and United States on Thursday sanctioned seven people connected to what officials have told The Record is a single network behind …
Jason Schreier / Bloomberg:
After a decade of waiting for a quality Harry Potter video game, some fans struggle to reconcile enjoying Hogwarts Legacy with JK Rowling's transphobic comments  —  Harry Potter fans have been waiting more than a decade for a video game worthy of the blockbuster entertainment franchise's dedicated following.
David Friend / Canadian Press:
Netflix rolls out its long-anticipated password sharing rules in Canada, New Zealand, Portugal, and Spain; other countries will be added in the next few months  —  Under new rules, premium and standard account holders will be given option to add extra members for $7.99 per month
Allyson Versprille / Bloomberg:
Source: the SEC is investigating if crypto exchange Kraken offered unregistered securities in the US; the probe could lead to a settlement in the coming days  —  Kraken, one of the world's largest cryptocurrency exchanges, is embroiled in a probe by a top US financial regulator over whether …
Mark Gurman / Bloomberg:
Internal memo: Apple names Carol Surface as its first chief people officer, shifting human resources responsibilities away from SVP of Retail Deirdre O'Brien  —  Apple Inc. is hiring its first chief people officer and shifting human resources duties from its head of retail …
Jillian Deutsch / Bloomberg:
EU says Twitter's voluntary report on how it was tackling disinformation lacked data and didn't include commitments to empower fact-checkers  —  Twitter Inc. was the only tech platform that didn't send a complete report to the European Union detailing how it was tackling disinformation, a move that risks angering regulators.
The Guardian:
Investigation: AI tools rate photos of women as more sexually suggestive than photos of men, especially if nipples, pregnant bellies, or exercise are involved  —  Guardian exclusive: AI tools rate photos of women as more sexually suggestive than those of men, especially if nipples, pregnant bellies or exercise is involved

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