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February 16, 2023, 9:35 AM

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Ben Thompson / Stratechery:
Chatting with Bing Chat, codenamed Sydney and sometimes Riley, feels like crossing the Rubicon because the AI is attempting to communicate emotions, not facts  —  Look, this is going to sound crazy.  But know this: I would not be talking about Bing Chat for the fourth day in a row if I didn't really, really, think it was worth it.
Bing Blogs:
Microsoft reflects on the new Bing: 71% gave AI answers a thumbs up, Bing can become repetitive after 15+ questions, a few sessions over two hours, and more  —  A little over a week ago, we shared an all new, AI-powered Bing search engine, Edge web browser, and integrated Chat, that we think of as Your Copilot for the Web.
Mark Gurman / Bloomberg:
Sources: Apple postponed the introduction of its MR headset from around April to June 2023, at its annual WWDC, after testing found hardware and software issues  —  Apple Inc. has postponed a planned introduction of its first mixed-reality headset from around April to June …
Jesse Hamilton / CoinDesk:
The US SEC proposes a rule that would bar investment advisers from storing assets at crypto platforms and lenders that are not registered as exchanges or banks  —  As long as crypto platforms and lenders aren't registered as exchanges or banks, they wouldn't qualify as custodians …
Wall Street Journal:
Sources: spooked by a growing regulatory crackdown, US banks are backing away from crypto companies and re-evaluating their exposure, no matter how small  —  SEC and banking overseers step up scrutiny following collapse of FTX  —  Crypto's Crash Has Been Swift but Largely Self-Contained.  Here's Why.
Shane Huntley / The Keyword:
Analysis of the cyber threat landscape one year after Russia invaded Ukraine shows Russia's aggressive multi-pronged plan across five phases with mixed success  —  One year after the Russian invasion of Ukraine, Google TAG, Mandiant, and Trust & Safety provide insights into changes in the cyber threat landscape triggered by the war.
Dave Michaels / Wall Street Journal:
Binance Chief Strategy Officer Patrick Hillmann says the company expects to pay monetary penalties to settle US regulatory and law enforcement investigations  —  DOJ, CFTC have been probing world's largest cryptocurrency exchange  —  Binance, the world's largest cryptocurrency exchange …
Jemima Kelly / Financial Times:
A year on from Meta hyping the metaverse in a dystopian Super Bowl ad, enthusiasm for a virtual future has evaporated and Meta is now more focused on efficiency  —  Enthusiasm for a virtual future is draining away — and so is investment  —  Remember when we were all going to ditch our humdrum lives …
Devindra Hardawar / Engadget:
PlayStation VR2 review: excellent OLED displays, comfortable, solid controllers, and immersive headset haptics, but pricey and limited games at launch  —  The PlayStation VR 2 is the virtual reality upgrade console gamers have been waiting for — but is it really worth $550?
Game Developer:
Activision Blizzard plans to require employees to come to the office three days per week starting on April 10 for Activision Publishing and July 10 for Blizzard  —  Remote work is reportedly ending across Activision Blizzard.  According to a developer at Blizzard Entertainment …
Akane Otani / Wall Street Journal:
Jaime Rogozinski, who created r/WallStreetBets, sues Reddit, arguing the company breached its contract by removing him as a moderator in 2020  —  Jaime Rogozinski says site ousted him without claim; Reddit calls suit frivolous  —  WallStreetBets' founder is suing the site where it all began.
Bloomberg:
A profile of FTX co-founder and CTO Gary Wang, a roommate to Sam Bankman-Fried at MIT who is cooperating with the US, as insiders say he may have key insights  —  They'd come a long way together, from teenage mathletes to MIT frat brothers to crypto billionaires.
Sara Fischer / Axios:
Twitter updates its policies to allow cannabis ads targeting US states where cannabis is legal, promoting brands or providing info but not offering direct sales  —  Twitter on Wednesday updated its advertising policies to allow cannabis ads to run on its service in states where cannabis is legal, in accordance with federal guidelines.
Bill Toulas / BleepingComputer:
GitHub updates Copilot with better and more secure code suggestions and says 46% of developers' code files across all languages were generated with Copilot  —  GitHub has updated the AI model of Copilot, a programming assistant that generates real-time source code and function recommendations …
Natalie Andrews / Wall Street Journal:
The US House Judiciary Committee subpoenas Alphabet, Amazon, Apple, Meta, and Microsoft CEOs for documents and communications on content moderation by March 23  —  Republican Jim Jordan demands information from chiefs of Alphabet, Amazon, Apple, Meta and Microsoft
Bloomberg:
Sources: a China-based former ASML employee stole data from Teamcenter, a Siemens-made internal tool used to store technical info, in the past couple of months  —  A China-based former employee of ASML Holding NV — a critical cog in the global semiconductor industry …

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