February 20, 2023, 12:40 AM

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Mark Zuckerberg / Facebook:
Meta debuts Meta Verified, a subscription service with a blue badge, impersonation protection, and customer support for $12/month on the web or $15/month on iOS  —  Good morning and new product announcement: this week we're starting to roll out Meta Verified — a subscription service that lets …
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James West / Mother Jones:
New Bing offers marvelous responses, dangerously convincing falsehoods, direct quotes that appear to be made up, and shocking claims about its own capabilities  —  Fight disinformation: Sign up for the free Mother Jones Daily newsletter and follow the news that matters.  —  “You're in!” the email said.
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Gerrit De Vynck / Washington Post:
A preview of the Gonzalez v. Google case and a look at the Israeli nonprofit law center Shurat HaDin arguing against YouTube at the February 21 SCOTUS hearing  —  Are tech companies liable when their algorithms recommend terrorist content?  The Court's answer could upend the way the internet works.
NBC News:
Biden and some GOP senators have formed a loose alliance in asking SCOTUS to change Section 230 protections when hearing Gonzalez v. Google on February 21  —  WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden and some of his most prominent Republican adversaries in Congress have become allies, of sorts …
Richard Waters / Financial Times:
A human player beat a top-ranked AI system in 14 out 15 games of Go, using tactics suggested by a computer program that had probed the AI system for weaknesses  —  Amateur Kellin Pelrine exploited weakness in systems that have otherwise dominated board game's grandmasters
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 …
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Lisa Bannon / Wall Street Journal:
A look at the use of conversational AI in US call centers, which some agents find helpful and others say leaves the humans with more complex, intense workloads  —  Call centers are at the forefront of deploying artificial intelligence, with bots that automate basic tasks and instruct humans how to do their jobs
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Gerry Smith / Bloomberg:
Dow Jones' general counsel says OpenAI lacks a deal to use WSJ reporters' work to train its AI; source: CNN plans to ask OpenAI to pay to license its content  —  Major news outlets have begun criticizing OpenAI and its ChatGPT software, saying the lab is using their articles to train …
Sources: KKR-owned BMC Software confidentially filed for a US IPO, seeking a valuation of up to $15B; KKR acquired Houston-based BMC in 2018 for $8.3B  —  BMC Software, a technology company owned by KKR & Co., has confidentially filed for an initial public offering, according to people with knowledge of the matter.
Will Douglas Heaven / MIT Technology Review:
A look at, Andi, and Perplexity, three startups that started offering chatbot-enhanced search tools before the new Bing and Google's Bard came along  —  A frenzy of activity from tech giants and startups alike is reshaping what people want from search—for better or worse.
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.

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