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February 18, 2023, 5:30 PM

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Sean Hollister / The Verge:
Twitter says only Blue subscribers will be able to use SMS-based 2FA after March 20, 2023; all users can use an authenticator app or a physical security key  —  In fact, if you don't start paying for Twitter Blue ($8 a month on Android; $11 a month on iOS) or switch your account to use a far …
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Microsoft limits Bing chats to five questions per session and 50 questions per day; after five questions, Bing will prompt users to start a new topic  —  Microsoft says it's implementing some conversation limits to its Bing AI just days after the chatbot went off the rails multiple times for users.
John Herrman / New York Magazine:
The transcripts of various interactions with Bing's AI show that the chatbot is doing what it was trained to do, albeit more broadly than Microsoft would prefer  —  In his 1976 book, Computer Power and Human Reason: From Judgment to Calculation, the computer scientist Joseph Weizenbaum observed …
Phineas Rueckert / Forbidden Stories:
Leaked docs detail reputation management company Eliminalia's tactics to remove public-interest info from the internet, like via fake sites and copyright claims  —  Leaked documents obtained by Forbidden Stories reveal the inner world of Eliminalia, a Spanish reputation management company.
Cam Thompson / CoinDesk:
OpenSea temporarily drops marketplace fees to compete with no-fee marketplace Blur, which on February 15 beat OpenSea in daily trading volume for the first time  —  The top NFT marketplace's policy shift stems from competition with popular zero-fee marketplace Blur.
Paul Kiernan / Wall Street Journal:
A look at Bitcoin's five maintainers scattered globally, who steward the open-source Bitcoin Core, after four turnovers in 18 months cited burnout or legal risk  —  Developers with power to change the cryptocurrency's software hold an unorthodox role, are elusive—and have been known to head off disaster for the coin
Bloomberg:
US regulators expanding their crypto investigations has led some companies to look to financial hubs overseas, including Singapore, Hong Kong, Europe, and Dubai  —  A spate of crypto probes in the US is prompting battered digital-asset firms to look toward financial hubs overseas …
Li Yuan / New York Times:
Experts say China is behind the US in AI tools like ChatGPT due to censorship, geopolitical tensions, and the government's growing control of the private sector  —  The state's hardening censorship and heavier hand have held back its tech industry; so has entrepreneurs' reluctance to invest for the long term.
Pradeep Viswanathan / BigTechWire:
Microsoft plans to increase the price of using Bing Search APIs by up to 10x starting on May 1, including for image and news search, and adds APIs for LLMs  —  Microsoft Bing Search APIs allows developers to build web-connected apps and services that find webpages, images, news, videos, and more without advertisements.
Cagan Koc / Bloomberg:
The theft of ASML's IP in China, the company's third-biggest market, could spark even tighter controls on ASML, creating problems for its growth in the country  —  In the 10 years that Peter Wennink has run ASML Holding NV, China has gone from a rounding error to the chip-technology company's third-biggest market.

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