February 14, 2023, 9:00 AM

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Emma Roth / The Verge:
Some Twitter users, even those who do not follow Elon Musk, say their For You feed was full of his tweets and replies after changes made over the weekend  —  For many of us, Twitter's “For You” is full of tweets and replies to tweets from Elon Musk.  Not everyone is getting the Elon-first feed …
Wesley Hilliard / AppleInsider:
Twitter delays its new paid API launch by “a few more days”, claiming “there has been an immense amount of enthusiasm for the upcoming changes with Twitter API”  —  Twitter continues confusing shift away from free API  —  Without just hours of advance notice before the deadline …
US financial regulators are rapidly closing crypto's key routes to the banking system, accelerating since FTX collapsed, pushing the industry to the fringes  —  Crypto's free pass is getting yanked as the most powerful US financial regulators rapidly close key doors to the country's banking system.
Dmitri Brereton / DKB Blog:
At Microsoft's demo last week, the “new Bing” incorrectly summarized Gap's Q3 2022 earnings and provided wrong info on a pet vacuum and Mexico City nightlife  —  Microsoft knowingly released a broken product for short-term hype  —  Bing AI got some answers completely wrong during their demo.
Financial Times:
Sources: Apple's India expansion has been slow due to logistics, tariffs, infrastructure, suppliers and officials lacking a “sense of urgency”, and other issues  —  Apple is hitting stumbling blocks in its effort to increase production in India, as the US tech giant faces pressure to cut its manufacturing reliance on China.
Varsha Bansal / Wired:
A look at the Modi administration's attempts to strengthen government control over the internet in India and its battle with Big Tech, which keeps giving in  —  The Modi administration keeps giving itself new powers, and Big Tech keeps giving in.  —  Akash Banerjee isn't sure whether he's allowed …
Aaron Mok / Insider:
Report: TikTok is planning to let creators charge $1 or more for videos and is working on the Creator Fund 2.0, which could pay creators with 100K+ followers  —  - TikTok creators could soon start charging fans to watch their videos, per The Information.  — The company hopes a paywall …
Edward Ludlow / Bloomberg:
Amazon's Zoox says its fully autonomous vehicle carried staff between its two main buildings in Foster City, California on public roads for the first time  —  Zoox Inc., the self-driving startup owned by Inc., carried passengers in its fully autonomous vehicle on public roads for the first time.
Wesley Hilliard / AppleInsider:
Google's Photos iOS app is crashing at launch for users with iOS 16.3.1, the latest version; the only known workaround is not to update iOS  —  iOS 16.3.1 causing Google Photos to crash  —  A bug introduced in iOS 16.3.1 is causing Google Photos to crash at launch, so users that rely …
Juli Clover / MacRumors:
Sergiu Gatlan / BleepingComputer:
Cloudflare mitigated dozens of hyper-volumetric DDoS attacks on its customers last weekend; the largest exceeded 71M rps, 35%+ higher than the previous record  —  This weekend, Cloudflare blocked what it describes as the largest volumetric distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack to date.
Sarah Nassauer / Wall Street Journal:
Memo: Walmart plans to close its Austin, Portland, and Carlsbad, California tech hubs, telling staff to move and be in the office twice a week to stay employed  —  Retail giant is closing offices in Austin, Portland and Carlsbad and telling hundreds of staff they must relocate to keep their jobs
Rosie Perper / CoinDesk:
NFT marketplace Magic Eden partners with payments service MoonPay to let users buy digital collectibles using credit or debit cards, Apple Pay, or Google Pay  —  MoonPay has a similar partnership in place with NFT marketplace LooksRare.  —  Join the most important conversation in crypto …
Will Knight / Wired:
A look at Eric Schmidt-backed startup Ishtari, which uses machine learning to virtually assemble and test war machines from computer models of each component  —  The former Google CEO is on a mission to rewire the US military with cutting-edge artificial intelligence to take on China.
Ian Hamilton / UploadVR:
Bigscreen unveils Bigscreen Beyond, a $999 PC-powered wired VR headset with two OLED 2560×2560 displays, a 127g visor, and SteamVR Tracking, shipping in Q3 2023  —  Darshan Shankar, the founder of VR's leading Internet-powered platform for watching movies together …
Medha Singh / Reuters:
CryptoSlam: Ethereum NFT sales jumped from $546.9M in December 2022 to $780.2M in January 2023, well down from ~$5B in January 2022; average prices were ~$372  —  It's alive!  The NFT market is twitching out of its torpor, defying reports of its demise.  —  Total NFT sales on the ethereum blockchain …
Samantha Cole / VICE:
A look at the torrent of deepfake porn harassment targeted at female creators, as a Twitch streamer admits to buying deepfakes of streamers after he was caught  —  After Atrioc was caught buying non-consensual, pornographic deepfakes of fellow Twitch streamers, the abuse against women targeted has been endless.

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