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February 9, 2023, 12:35 PM

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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.
Bloomberg:
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 …
@twitterdev:
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 🧵
@twitterblue:
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 …
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.
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 …
Bloomberg:
Nintendo's upcoming Zelda sequel will cost $70, up $10 over previous new titles, matching Sony and Microsoft and opening the door for more expensive video games  —  Nintendo Co.'s upcoming Zelda sequel will be pricier than the company's other Switch games, clearing the way for more game makers to also lift their prices.
Ben Schoon / 9to5Google:
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.
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 …
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
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
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.
Celso Martinho / The Cloudflare Blog:
Cloudflare debuts Wildebeest, an open-source ActivityPub server built on its Supercloud service that makes it easier to self-host a Mastodon-compatible instance  —  Loading...  The Fediverse has been a hot topic of discussion lately, with thousands, if not millions, of new users creating accounts …
New York Times:
Researchers say ChatGPT can produce clean, convincing text that repeats conspiracy theories and misleading narratives but can sometimes debunk falsehoods too  —  Researchers used ChatGPT to produce clean, convincing text that repeated conspiracy theories and misleading narratives.

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