February 23, 2023, 10:15 PM

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Shaurya Malwa / CoinDesk:
Coinbase launches Base, a Layer 2 network built on Optimism's OP Stack, offering access to Ethereum, Solana, and others, and has no plans for new network tokens  —  Base is built on Optimism and Coinbase has no plans to issue a new network token.  —  Join the most important conversation …
Source: the DOJ is preparing to file an antitrust suit to block Adobe's Figma acquisition as soon as next month; Adobe says it expects to close the deal in 2023  —  The Justice Department is preparing an antitrust lawsuit seeking to block Adobe Inc.'s $20 billion acquisition of startup Figma Inc., people familiar with the matter said.
Ben Lovejoy / 9to5Mac:
Jamf finds Mac cryptomining malware in pirated copies of Final Cut Pro and warns the power of Apple Silicon Macs is making them popular cryptojacking targets  —  Update: Apple has now commented on the findings - see the end of the piece.  —  Cybersecurity company Jamf Threat Labs …
Joseph Cox / VICE:
A reporter says he used an AI-generated replica of a voice to get past the voice verification system of UK's Lloyds bank and accessed an account's information  —  Banks in the U.S. and Europe tout voice ID as a secure way to log into your account.  I proved it's possible to trick such systems with free or cheap AI-generated voices.
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Microsoft says Sydney is an old codename for a chatbot some Bing users in India began testing in late 2020; sources: Sydney had less personality until late 2022  —  Microsoft's Bing AI chatbot history dates back at least six years, with Sydney first appearing in 2021.
New York Times:
In its superseding indictment, the US charges that SBF and two unnamed FTX executives made 300+ “unlawful” political donations, including using customers' funds  —  Prosecutors accused FTX founder Sam Bankman-Fried and two unnamed people of making unlawful campaign donations using customers' money.
Mitchell Clark / The Verge:
Google expands Magic Eraser, which lets users remove parts of a picture, from Pixel devices to Google One subscribers using Google Photos on Android or iOS  —  Google has announced that the Magic Eraser feature, which tried to automatically remove unwanted parts of a picture and debuted with the Pixel 6 …
Luca Bertuzzi / Euractiv:
The European Commission bans TikTok on corporate devices and personal devices using the Commission's corporate apps, asks staff to uninstall TikTok by March 15  —  The EU executive's IT service has asked all Commission employees to uninstall TikTok from their corporate devices …
Rosie Perper / CoinDesk:
Spotify tests “token-enabled playlists” that let some NFT holders connect their wallets and listen to curated music, starting on Android in five countries  —  Music streaming Spotify is testing a new service called “token-enabled playlists,” which allows holders of non-fungible tokens …
Brian Fung / CNN:
Filing: DOJ seeks court sanctions against Google in its antitrust suit, citing Google's policy of deleting certain employee chats automatically after 24 hours  —  " data-check-event-based-preview= "" data-network-id="" data-details="">  —  Google should face court sanctions over …
Josh Sisco / Politico:
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Todd Spangler / Variety:
YouTube rolls out multi-language audio tracks to more creators worldwide; creators saw 15%+ of their watch time from the video's non-primary language in January  —  After initial testing over the last few months, YouTube is rolling out access to multi-language audio tracks to more creators worldwide …
Adam Rawnsley / Rolling Stone:
Twitter under Elon Musk has yet to publish transparency reports detailing government content removal demands; the company published its last report in July 2022  —  “That shit went out the window right after Elon came in,” one former staffer says of Twitter's previously routine transparency reports
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Meta reforms its penalty system using Oversight Board recommendations to focus more on explaining its content removals and less on giving users posting timeouts  —  “Facebook jail,” the name the social network's users have bestowed on the company's system for determining policy violations, is getting an overhaul.
Osato Avan-Nomayo / The Block:
Binance closed some derivative trading accounts in Australia after an investigation found the customers didn't meet the criteria for wholesale investors  —  Binance closed the derivative trading accounts of some wholesale investors in Australia after an investigation found that they didn't meet the criteria for such investors.
Sarah Krouse / Wall Street Journal:
Netflix cut its prices on certain subscription tiers across 36+ countries, but not the US; the cuts in some cases halved the cost  —  Move comes as streaming company says members ‘have never had more choices when it comes to entertainment’  —  Netflix Inc. NFLX -0.78%decrease …
Steve Dent / Engadget:
Samsung announces a standardized 5G Non-Terrestrial Network (NTN) modem that enables two-way communication between smartphones and satellites  —  There was speculation that Samsung could use smartphone-to-satellite technology in its Galaxy S23 much like Apple has for the iPhone 14, but that didn't happen in the end.
Ankush Khardori / New York Magazine:
An interview with SEC chair Gary Gensler on meeting Sam Bankman-Fried and FTX executives in March 2022 and October 2021, how tokens are securities, and more  —  As recently as a year ago, Sam Bankman-Fried seemed to be an unstoppable force in official Washington.
Jack Schickler / CoinDesk:

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