February 23, 2023, 2:50 AM

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James Vincent / The Verge:
Samsung expands Bixby Text Call, which answers calls via text-to-speech, to English and unveils Custom Voice Creator, which clones the user's voice, in Korean  —  AI voice clones are already being deployed in podcasts and video games, but how long until they can be harnessed directly by the general public?
Mark Gurman / Bloomberg:
Sources: Apple hit major milestones in a Jobs-era project to develop noninvasive blood glucose monitoring, part of its Alphabet X-like Exploratory Design Group  —  Apple Inc. has a moonshot-style project underway that dates back to the Steve Jobs era: noninvasive and continuous blood glucose monitoring.
Max Weinbach / 9to5Mac:
Leaked iPhone 15 CAD files reveal a larger 6.2-inch display, Dynamic Island, a USB-C charging port, and more, after iPhone 15 Pro CAD files leaked last week  —  Apple's iPhone 15 is still months away from being announced, but we have some exciting news to share with you today.
Blake Brittain / Reuters:
Letter: the US Copyright Office says a graphic novel's images that were generated using the AI tool Midjourney should not have been granted copyright protection  —  Images in a graphic novel that were created using the artificial-intelligence system Midjourney should not have been granted copyright protection …
Sean Endicott / Windows Central:
Microsoft releases updated Bing and Edge apps on iOS and Android in preview, offering the same chat experience as on desktop, and adds a Bing chatbot to Skype  —  Microsoft just expanded the new Bing to Android, iOS, Edge mobile, and Skype.  —  What you need to know
A recap of the oral arguments before SCOTUS in Twitter v. Taamneh, brought by the family of a victim killed in 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 …
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Artifact, the personalized news reader created by Instagram's co-founders, opens to the public for Android and iOS, with new features and no sign-up required  —  Artifact, the personalized news reader built by Instagram's co-founders, is now open to the public, no sign-up required.
Mickey Djuric / The Canadian Press News:
Google tests blocking news content in Search for fewer than 4% of Canadian users for about five weeks, a potential response to Canada's proposed Online News Act  —  Google blocking news for some Canadians in test  —  OTTAWA - Google is blocking some Canadian users from viewing news content …
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Spotify launches DJ, an AI-powered radio DJ feature that offers curated music and commentary about the tracks and artists 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 …
Mercedes-Benz partners with Google to bring navigation software and YouTube to its next-gen car OS and strikes a multibillion-dollar sensor deal with Luminar  —  Mercedes-Benz (MBGn.DE) said on Wednesday that it has partnered with Google (GOOGL.O) to develop branded navigation …
Naomi Nix / Washington Post:
Source: Meta plans more layoffs, possibly in the thousands, including by flattening company management layers 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
A US judge rules that NBA Top Shot Moments on the Flow blockchain might be securities and refuses to dismiss a lawsuit against Dapper Labs for offering the NFTs  —  The offering of Dapper Labs' NBA-branded “Top Shot” non-fungible tokens might be securities, a federal judge ruled Wednesday …
Abner Li / 9to5Google:
Microsoft Edge Canary preview on Windows appears to be injecting Edge ads into the Google website for downloading Chrome Canary  —  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 …
Shirin Ghaffary / Vox:
Yogita Khatri / The Block:
Indian Web3 gaming startup Kratos Studios, which lets developers design quests for gamers and more, raised a $20M seed led by Accel at a $150M valuation  —  - Kratos Studios raised $20 million in seed funding at a valuation of $150 million.  — The Indian web3 gaming startup also acquired IndiGG, a sub-DAO of Yield Guild Games DAO.

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