February 22, 2023, 1:10 PM

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Sean Endicott / Windows Central:
Microsoft releases an updated Bing app on iOS and Android in preview, adds chatbot support to Edge on mobile and Skype, and says 64% of searches are on mobile  —  Microsoft just expanded the new Bing to Android, iOS, Edge mobile, and Skype.  —  What you need to know
A live blog of oral arguments before SCOTUS in Twitter v. Taamneh, brought by the family of a victim of an ISIS attack in Istanbul in 2017  —  What we're covering  —  Justice Gorsuch is still under the weather  —  Justice Neil Gorsuch remains ill and will be absent from the courtroom …
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Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Ahead of its Stream On event, Spotify launches an AI-powered feature called DJ, offering curated music and spoken commentary in a “stunningly realistic voice”  —  Ahead of Spotify's upcoming Stream On event, where the company is expected to announce a redesigned home feed and other updates …
New York Times:
TSMC staff express doubts over the company's decision to build a $40B factory in Arizona, arguing the project distracts from R&D, showing TSMC's tricky position  —  Employee doubts are rising about Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company's $40 billion investment in an Arizona factory.
Naomi Nix / Washington Post:
Source: Meta plans more layoffs, possibly in the thousands, including by flattening the company's hierarchy and via more traditional cuts to projects and jobs  —  The Facebook parent company plans to push some leaders into lower-level roles, flattening layers of management at the social media giant
Abner Li / 9to5Google:
Microsoft appears to be injecting ads for Edge on a website when users download Chrome using the latest Edge Canary preview on Windows  —  Microsoft sees its browser as an important aspect and entry point for the new Bing.  Microsoft Edge on Windows is now showing a rather aggrieve ad …
Dave Michaels / Wall Street Journal:
Securities lawyers say the SEC may struggle to win a lawsuit over stablecoins, such as Paxos' BUSD, because owners do not expect profits, part of the Howey test  —  Agency investigates whether the cryptocurrencies' issuance violated investor-protection laws  —  Washington's battle to rein in crypto has a new front: stablecoins.
Michael del Castillo / Forbes:
Alex Heath / The Verge:
Sources: Twitter laid off dozens of sales and engineering staff last week, as Elon Musk demands the site's ad targeting work like Google search ads in one week  —  He keeps laying people off anyway.  —  Dozens of Twitter employees across sales and engineering departments were laid off last week …
Rebecca Bellan / TechCrunch:
Uber launches a redesigned version of its app globally, with a simpler homescreen, a new Services tab, live tracking on the lock screen in iOS 16, and more  —  Uber is releasing an updated version of its app that aims to simplify and personalize the experience for customers.
Cissy Zhou / Nikkei Asia:
Sources: Chinese regulators told Tencent, Ant Group, and others not to offer public ChatGPT services, after state media criticized chatbots over misinformation  —  State media outlet blasts chatbot as spreading U.S. government ‘misinformation’  —  HONG KONG — Regulators …
Leah Nylen / Bloomberg:
The FTC will not challenge Amazon's $3.49B acquisition of One Medical parent company 1Life Healthcare; Amazon CEO Andy Jassy says the deal has closed  —  The Federal Trade Commission won't challenge Inc.'s $3.49 billion acquisition of One Medical parent 1Life Healthcare Inc. …
Alfred Ng / Politico:
Frustrated by failures on Capitol Hill, tech privacy advocates turn to state legislation to bolster online privacy, including in Indiana, Illinois, and New York  —  Tech privacy advocates frustrated by failures on Capitol Hill are looking to mine state capitals for legislative victories.
Andrew Chung / Reuters:
SCOTUS declines to hear Wikimedia's challenge of the NSA's warrantless Upstream surveillance of foreign targets, leaving in place a lower court's 2015 dismissal  —  The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday declined to hear a bid by the operator of the popular Wikipedia internet encyclopedia …
Jay Peters / The Verge:
Meta releases Quest v50, adding Direct Touch, an experimental setting letting users “touch” virtual buttons and keyboards directly instead of via pinch gestures  —  Hand tracking on Meta's Quest VR headsets is about to get better.  With the new v50 update, you'll be able to …

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