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February 10, 2023, 10:40 PM

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Bloomberg:
Source: PayPal is pausing work on its stablecoin as regulators increase their scrutiny of cryptocurrencies and its key partner Paxos faces a probe in New York  —  PayPal Holdings Inc. is pausing work on its stablecoin as regulators increase scrutiny of cryptocurrencies and a key partner …
Kevin McLaughlin / The Information:
Source: Microsoft shut its Industrial Metaverse Core team, formed in October 2022 to build tools for industrial settings, and laid off the team's ~100 employees  —  In a surprising reversal, Microsoft has killed a team it formed four months ago to help customers use the metaverse in industrial settings …
Dina Bass / Bloomberg:
Sources: Microsoft cuts jobs in its Surface, HoloLens, and Xbox units; heavy cuts to the HoloLens hardware team raise questions about the third goggles version  —  Microsoft Corp., implementing the layoff of 10,000 workers announced last month, on Thursday cut jobs in units including Surface devices …
Brian Fung / CNN:
Some under-resourced academic and civil-society researchers say a Twitter API paywall would jeopardize studies of influence campaigns and platform manipulation  —  For years, Twitter, like other social media platforms, has freely given its platform data to independent researchers …
Mark Spoonauer / Tom's Guide:
Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra review: powerful 200MP camera, awesome display, excellent battery life, and fast processor, but expensive and no charging speed upgrade  —  The Galaxy S23 Ultra packs a stunning 200MP camera along with very fast performance and much longer battery life
Financial Times:
Sources: China Telecom and China Mobile withdrew their ~20% investment in an Asia-Europe subsea cable project after US firm SubCom was chosen to build the line  —  Telecoms groups withdrew investment in Sea-Me-We 6, which will transmit data between Asia and western Europe
Chris Stokel-Walker / Fast Company:
Former staff say Twitter needs to update its systems to enact Elon Musk's asks, but the mass layoffs have brought code freezes and vast concurrent code changes  —  Twitter's outage on Wednesday, which saw the site rendered unusable for most users by blocking people from tweeting within the app …
Gabrielle Coppola / Bloomberg:
A look at Otonomo and Wejo, two struggling startups trying to monetize connected car data; Otonomo plans to merge with roadside assistance tech startup Urgently  —  Auto companies promising billions in new software revenue by the end of the decade have been hiring engineers left and right …
Chloe Xiang / VICE:
Researchers: some Reddit usernames and other keywords cause ChatGPT to give bizarre responses, likely due to the web data OpenAI scraped to train its model  —  Reddit usernames like ‘SolidGoldMagikarp’ are somehow causing the chatbot to give bizarre responses.  —  Chloe Xiang

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