February 23, 2023, 2:10 PM

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Shaurya Malwa / CoinDesk:
Coinbase launches Base, a Layer 2 network using 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 …
A US court unseals a superseding indictment that charges Sam Bankman-Fried with 12 counts, up from the initial eight, including conspiracy to commit bank fraud  —  FTX founder Sam Bankman-Fried faces additional charges, including bank fraud allegations, under a new indictment unveiled Thursday morning.
New York Times:
Luca Bertuzzi / Euractiv:
The European Commission bans TikTok on corporate devices and personal devices using its apps, asking staff to uninstall the app by March 15 to protect its data  —  The EU executive's IT service has asked all Commission employees to uninstall TikTok from their corporate devices …
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.
Davey Alba / Bloomberg:
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 …
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.
Emily Nicolle / Bloomberg:
Jennifer Elias / CNBC:
Internal FAQ: Google asks Cloud employees and partners in its five largest US locations to share desks and work from an office on alternate days starting in Q2  —  - The company's cloud unit has told employees that it will transition to a desk-sharing workspace in its five largest locations.
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.
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 …
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:
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.
Ben Lovejoy / 9to5Mac:
Jamf says it found Mac cryptomining malware in pirate copies of Final Cut Pro, warns Apple Silicon Macs' power makes them popular targets for cryptojacking  —  Update: Apple has now commented on the findings - see the end of the piece.  —  Cybersecurity company Jamf Threat Labs …
Sarah Krouse / Wall Street Journal:
Netflix cut its prices on certain subscription tiers across 36+ countries in recent weeks, in some cases halving the cost; Netflix operates in 190+ countries  —  Move comes as streaming company says members ‘have never had more choices when it comes to entertainment’
Jon Haidt / After Babel:
An analysis of 100+ studies finds that social media is a major cause of depression and anxiety in teen girls, not just a tiny correlate, especially after 2012  —  Journalists should stop saying that the evidence is just correlational  —  A big story last week was the partial release …
Nikkei Asia:
Sources: Apple has chosen China's Luxshare to help develop its AR devices, the first time Apple has picked a Chinese supplier for a first-generation product  —  Reliance on a Chinese supplier for first-gen gadget a first for iPhone maker  —  TAIPEI — Apple has chosen China's Luxshare …
Mozilla Foundation:
An analysis of the top 40 Android apps on Google Play finds that nearly 80% had discrepancies between their privacy policies and Google's Data Safety labels  —  The apps' privacy policies, however, both explicitly state that they share user information with advertisers, Internet service providers …
Taylor Hatmaker / TechCrunch:
Ben Rubin, who founded Meerkat and Houseparty, announces Towns, a protocol and a web-based chat app, and raised a $25.5M Series A led by a16z Crypto  —  After launching a pair of well-loved but ultimately star-crossed social apps, Ben Rubin is going all-in on decentralization.

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