February 15, 2023, 10:30 PM

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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  —  This was originally published as a Stratechery Update  —  Look, this is going to sound crazy.
Andrew Griffin / The Independent:
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 …
Praveen Seshadri:
An ex-Google engineer and founder of Google-acquired AppSheet reflects on the issues with Google's culture, including no mission, no urgency, and mismanagement  —  What ails Google.  And how it can turn things around. … I joined Google just before the pandemic when the company I had co-founded …
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
Game Developer:
Activision Blizzard plans to require employees to come to the office three days a 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 …
Bill Toulas / BleepingComputer:
GitHub updates Copilot's AI model with better and more secure code suggestions and says the tool generates 46% of developers' code files across all languages  —  GitHub has updated the AI model of Copilot, a programming assistant that generates real-time source code and function recommendations …
Cecilia D'Anastasio / Bloomberg:
Roblox reports Q4 net bookings up 17% YoY to $899.4M, vs. $876.2M est., a record 65M DAUs in January 2023, and estimated bookings up 19% to 21%; RBLX jumps 25%+  —  Roblox Corp. shares surged the most in nine months after the online video game platform reported bookings that beat analysts' estimates …
The Guardian:
An investigation into Team Jorge, an Israeli hacking and social media disinformation unit for hire that claims covert involvement in 33 presidential elections  —  - Group sells hacking services and access to vast army of fake social media profiles  — Evidence unit behind disinformation campaigns across world
Chris Ciaccia / Seeking Alpha:
Twilio reports Q4 revenue up 22% YoY to $1.02B, vs. $1B est., active customer accounts up 13% YoY to 290K+, and authorizes a $1B share buyback; TWLO jumps 12%+  —  Twilio (NYSE:TWLO) shares soared nearly 10% in extended-hours trading after the cloud communications software company reported …
Stephen Wolfram Writings:
An in-depth look at how OpenAI's ChatGPT decodes inputs to produce a “reasonable continuation” of a text so far, the underlying dataset, neural nets, and more  —  It's Just Adding One Word at a Time  —  That ChatGPT can automatically generate something that reads even superficially …
Allison Johnson / The Verge:
Qualcomm announces the Snapdragon X75 modem with upgraded software, the latest 5G advances like carrier aggregation, and more, arriving in devices in H2 2023  —  Qualcomm is warming up for Mobile World Congress by announcing its newest modem: the Snapdragon X75.
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.
Spencer Soper / Bloomberg:
Amazon plans to bypass European distributors and buy products directly from brands in 2024; Amazon's international unit tripled its loss YoY to $7.75B in 2022  — Inc. warned distributors in Europe that it will cease ordering from them next year in favor of buying products directly from brands …
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