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February 21, 2023, 3:50 PM

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Taylor Soper / GeekWire:
Microsoft President Brad Smith says the company signed a binding, 10-year contract to bring Call of Duty games to Nintendo consoles on the same day as Xbox  —  Microsoft's deal with Nintendo to bring “Call of Duty” games to Nintendo systems — if Microsoft's proposed $68.7 billion acquisition …
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Microsoft is bringing its Xbox PC games to Nvidia's GeForce Now and promises to offer Activision Blizzard games on the cloud service if the acquisition closes  —  Microsoft is bringing its Xbox PC games to Nvidia's GeForce Now cloud gaming service.  Speaking at a press conference in Brussels today …
Washington Post:
A recap of oral arguments before SCOTUS in Gonzalez v. Google, stemming from Islamic State gunmen killing a college exchange student in Paris in 2015  —  The Supreme Court on Tuesday heard oral arguments in Gonzalez v. Google, a lawsuit that could shift the foundations of internet law.
Greg Bensinger / Reuters:
Over 200 e-books in Amazon's Kindle Store listed ChatGPT as an author as of mid-February 2023, as some worry that generative AI could commoditize book writing  —  Until recently, Brett Schickler never imagined he could be a published author, though he had dreamed about it.
Michael Kan / PCMag:
Sci-fi outlet Clarkesworld suspends short story submissions, citing a surge in AI-generated stories from people who only care about “making a quick buck”  —  Clarkesworld speculates that people are using AI to make ‘a quick buck’ since the sci-fi publication pays 12 cents a word for accepted stories.
Patrick McGee / Financial Times:
A look at Apple's smartphone dominance among Gen Z in the US, who make up an estimated 34% of US iPhone owners, as Samsung and Android struggle against iMessage  —  Younger Americans prefer an iPhone over Android by huge margins, creating unusual pressure over how they communicate
Jordan Robertson / Bloomberg:
Cybersecurity company Resecurity says hackers stole login credentials to customer support websites used by Alibaba, Amazon, Apple, Huawei, Microsoft, and others  —  In an episode that underscores the vulnerability of global computer networks, hackers got ahold of login credentials for data centers …
Sergiu Gatlan / BleepingComputer:
Microsoft now allows six Bing Chat turns per session and 60 chats per day and plans to test chat tones for switching between focused and creative responses  —  Microsoft will start testing Bing Chat tones, enabling users to switch between receiving answers that are either more creative or more focused on their queries.
Matt Burgess / Wired:
Building on ForcedEntry, Trellix researchers find now-fixed iOS and macOS bugs related to NSPredicate that could have let attackers bypass Apple's sandbox  —  Security researchers found a class of flaws that, if exploited, would allow an attacker to access people's messages, photos, and call history.
Gary Marcus / The Road to AI We Can Trust:
A Microsoft forum post from November 23, 2022 describes AI chatbot Sydney as “misbehaving” and being “so rude”, suggesting the company knew about its issues  —  A new discovery that makes a curious story a whole lot more curious  —  We all know by now just how off the rails Bing can get.
Vishal Chawla / The Block:
Microsoft partners with Web3 infrastructure startup Ankr to offer a blockchain node service on Azure's marketplace to help users deploy smart contracts and more  —  - Tech giant Microsoft has partnered with Ankr to offer a blockchain node service for enterprise clients.

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