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February 9, 2023, 3:30 PM

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Financial Times:
Inside FTX's final hours, described by employees, chat logs, and Sam Bankman-Fried: panic selling assets, failing to raise money, 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.
New York Times:
Rejecting a deal to let Sam Bankman-Fried use encrypted messaging, a judge orders SBF's lawyers to form a plan to tighten his bail to ensure messages are saved  —  A federal judge said he was not satisfied with a plan that lawyers for the disgraced FTX founder struck with prosecutors to limit his use of encrypted messaging apps.
Bloomberg:
Platformer:
Sources: Elon Musk publicly fired a Twitter engineer for suggesting that his engagement numbers are down not because of a bug but because of waning popularity  —  Inside Twitter 2.0, turmoil leaves employees stretched to the max  —  For weeks now, Elon Musk has been preoccupied with worries …
Joey Roulette / Reuters:
SpaceX has limited Ukraine's military from using Starlink to control drones; COO Gwynne Shotwell says the internet 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 …
Alexander Martin / The Record:
The US and the UK sanction seven people based in Russia, with likely FSB ties, 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 …
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 reduced its secured loans by $300M  —  - Tether issued its latest attestation report, saying its assets exceeded its liabilities as of December 2022.
Sara Fischer / Axios:
Yahoo plans to lay off 20%+ of its workforce and restructure its ad tech unit, impacting 50%+ of the unit, or 1,600+ people; CEO says the cuts are “strategic”  —  Yahoo plans to lay off more than 20% of its total workforce as part of a major restructuring of its ad tech unit, executives told Axios.
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 …
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 …
Bloomberg:
Nintendo's upcoming Zelda sequel will cost $70, $10 more than prior 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.
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.
Jason Schreier / Bloomberg:
After over a decade of waiting for a quality Harry Potter video game, some fans battle to reconcile enjoying WBD's Hogwarts Legacy with JK Rowling's transphobia  —  Harry Potter fans have been waiting more than a decade for a video game worthy of the blockbuster entertainment franchise's dedicated following.
Maria Deutscher / SiliconANGLE:
Microsoft's GitHub cuts 10% of its staff, or an estimated 300+; GitLab cuts 7%, or an estimated 114; report: GitHub will close offices and shift to remote work  —  Microsoft Corp.'s GitHub unit and publicly traded rival GitLab Inc. today both announced layoffs, disclosing plans to let go 10% and 7% of their respective workforces.
Jillian Deutsch / Bloomberg:
The EU says Twitter's first voluntary report on how the company 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 …
Forbes:
Google's fraught history with AI ethics, a backlash after Duplex's unveiling, and a talent drain has left the company playing catch up with OpenAI and Microsoft  —  With Bard, its newly launched “experimental conversational AI service,” Google is scrambling to ship AI products.
@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 🧵

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