February 22, 2023, 7:05 AM

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Washington Post:
A recap of oral arguments before SCOTUS in Gonzalez v. Google, where justices appeared to struggle to define where Section 230's legal shield should end  —  The Supreme Court on Tuesday heard oral arguments in Gonzalez v. Google, a lawsuit that could shift the foundations of internet law.
Eric Goldman / Technology & Marketing Law Blog:
Takeaways from the Gonzalez v. Google oral arguments: the justices did not engage much with Gonzalez's weak core arguments after their initial dismantling  —  I'm going to crank this blog post out before I get swamped with press requests.  My takeaways:  — I did not hear 5 votes in favor of the plaintiffs' position.
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Microsoft plans to bring its Xbox PC games to Nvidia 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 …
Taylor Soper / GeekWire:
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 …
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:
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.
Gary Marcus / The Road to AI We Can Trust:
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 …
Karl Evers-Hillstrom / The Hill:
Medical device company AliveCor, which accused Apple of patent infringement, claims Biden upheld an ITC ruling that could result in an Apple Watch import ban  —  President Biden has upheld an International Trade Commission (ITC) ruling that could result in an import ban on the Apple Watch …
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 …
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 …
Vishal Chawla / The Block:
Google Cloud partners with the Tezos Foundation to become a validator on the proof-of-stake Tezos blockchain, seeking to help clients develop and deploy apps  —  - Google Cloud has partnered with Tezos to act as a validator on the proof-of-stake blockchain network.
More: CoinDesk
Dina Bass / Bloomberg:
Amazon expands its partnership with OpenAI-rival Hugging Face, which plans to build its next-gen LLM on AWS and have Amazon offer its tools to AWS customers  — Inc.'s cloud unit is expanding a partnership with artificial intelligence startup Hugging Face Inc. …
Louis Rosenberg / VentureBeat:
Berkeley study: researchers identified VR users with 94%+ accuracy using 100 seconds of motion data, after analyzing anonymized data of 50K+ Beat Saber players  —  Louis Rosenberg, Unanimous A.I.  —  A new paper from the University of California Berkeley reveals that privacy may be impossible …
Leah Nylen / Bloomberg:
The FTC won't challenge Amazon's $3.49B acquisition of One Medical parent company 1Life Healthcare, which will allow the deal to close later this week  —  The Federal Trade Commission won't challenge Inc.'s $3.49 billion acquisition of One Medical parent 1Life Healthcare Inc. …

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