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February 16, 2023, 9:00 PM

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Peter Kafka / Vox:
YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki plans to step down after nine years, to be replaced by Neal Mohan as SVP and head of YouTube; Wojcicki was Google's 16th employee  —  One of the most prominent women in tech — and one of Google's earliest employees — is leaving the company.
Reuters:
Docs: Binance used secret access to a Binance.US bank account at Silvergate to move $400M+ in Q1 2021 to Binance CEO Changpeng Zhao's trading firm Merit Peak  —  Global cryptocurrency exchange Binance had secret access to a bank account belonging to its purportedly independent U.S. partner …
Bloomberg:
The US SEC sues Terraform Labs and its founder Do Kwon for selling unregistered securities and perpetrating a fraudulent scheme that lost $40B+ in market value  —  The US Securities and Exchange Commission is preparing to sue the company behind TerraUSD, a crypto stablecoin whose collapse …
Jay Peters / The Verge:
Apple's iOS 16.4 and iPadOS 16.4 betas add support for Safari web apps on the homescreen to send push notifications and show notification badges  —  Apple's new iOS and iPadOS 16.4 betas will let Safari web apps on your homescreen send you push notifications, according to a new post on the WebKit blog.
Bing Blogs:
Microsoft on new Bing: 71% of users gave AI answers a thumbs up, Bing answers are not “necessarily helpful” or in the right tone after 15+ questions, and more  —  A little over a week ago, we shared an all new, AI-powered Bing search engine, Edge web browser, and integrated Chat …
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Microsoft authorizes Parallels Desktop 18 to support Windows 11 on Apple's M1 and M2 Macs, after previously only licensing ARM versions of Windows to OEMs  —  Microsoft is officially supporting Windows 11 on Apple's M1 and M2 Macs thanks to a partnership with Parallels to allow the operating system to run in a virtual environment.
Aisha Malik / TechCrunch:
Meta launches Instagram Channels, a broadcast chat feature that lets select US creators share public, one-to-many text, images, and more with their followers  —  Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced today that the company is launching a new broadcast chat feature on Instagram called “Channels.”
Mia Sato / The Verge:
TikTok announces TikTok Trivia, a livestreamed trivia quiz with a $500K prize pool hosted daily between February 22 and 26, open to US users aged 18 and older  —  TikTok is taking a page out of HQ's playbook and launching a series of live trivia games, the company announced today.
Jennifer Elias / CNBC:
Shane Huntley / The Keyword:
An analysis of the cyber threat landscape one year after Russia invaded Ukraine shows Russia's aggressive, multi-pronged five-phase plan has had mixed results  —  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.
Jemima Kelly / Financial Times:
A year on from Meta hyping its VR headsets in a dystopian Super Bowl ad, enthusiasm for a metaverse has drained away as Mark Zuckerberg talks up 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 fit, solid Sense 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?
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Snap says Snapchat now has 750M+ MAUs, up 25% from April 2022, 150M of which are in North America, Snapchat+ for $3.99/month has 2.5M subscribers, and more  —  At its Investor Day event on Thursday, Snap shared a handful of new metrics about its business and teased its prospects.
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Tile debuts an anti-theft mode that requires biometric data, a government ID, and a ToS letting Tile share info with police, to limit the misuse of its trackers  —  Apple took a big PR hit as news spread that its item tracker the AirTag was being used for stalking and car thefts …
Akane Otani / Wall Street Journal:
Jaime Rogozinski, who created r/WallStreetBets, sues Reddit for “breach of contract” by removing him as a moderator in 2020, trademark dilution, and more  —  Jaime Rogozinski says site ousted him without claim; Reddit calls suit frivolous  —  WallStreetBets' founder is suing the site where it all began.
Wall Street Journal:
Sources: spooked by a regulatory crackdown, US banks are backing away from crypto companies and re-evaluating any exposure to the sector, 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.
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