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February 27, 2023, 4:05 AM

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Emma Roth / The Verge:
Reports: Twitter laid off “well above 50” staff over the weekend, including Director of Product Management Esther Crawford and Revue founder Martijn de Kuijper  —  Crawford headed up various projects at Twitter, including the company's Blue with verification subscription as well as Twitter's forthcoming payments platform.
Drew Harwell / Washington Post:
Some AI companies are hiring “prompt engineers”, who create and refine text prompts for chatbots to understand the AI systems' flaws and coax optimal results  —  When Riley Goodside starts talking with the artificial-intelligence system GPT-3, he likes to first establish his dominance.
Wall Street Journal:
Some experts, particularly those advocating for “ethical AI” or “responsible AI”, say Microsoft and OpenAI's new Bing experiment is dangerous to the public  —  Even the people behind new artificial intelligence systems say their buzzy products are ‘somewhat broken.’ They're relying on us to fix them.
Nitasha Tiku / Washington Post:
Mark Gurman / Bloomberg:
Inside Apple's Exploratory Design Group, which is working on advanced tech like a glucose monitor and built some of the iPhone's and Mac's chip and battery tech  —  Apple has a secret team working to bring noninvasive glucose monitoring to its smartwatch, but that's not all it's pursuing.
Mia Sato / The Verge:
Ax Sharma / BleepingComputer:
Sources: the cyberattack on Dish Network was “by an outside bad actor, a known threat agent” and the company is working with an external vendor to fix the issue  —  American TV giant and satellite broadcast provider, Dish Network has mysteriously gone offline with its websites …
Molly White:
Jump and Oasis recovering ~120K stolen ether demonstrates how multisig-controlled upgradeable smart contracts undermine trustlessness and censorship-resistance  —  Wormhole, Jump Crypto, and Oasis demonstrate the centralization threat introduced by multisig-controlled upgradable smart contracts.
Jon Rice / Blockworks:
Kate Lindsay / The Verge:
As AI tools and CGI creations get better at pretending to be human, some creators online are sometimes being asked to prove that they're human  —  Last April, 27-year-old Nicole posted a TikTok video about feeling burned out in her career.  When she checked the comments the next day, however, a different conversation was going down.
Ranjan Roy / Margins:
How the potential of voice as a platform was wasted: closed ecosystems, overly ambitious proclamations, distorted monopolistic incentives, and too much capital  —  Sometimes innovation just ain't enough … I have four Echo devices in my household.  For years, we used them to control …
Tim Bradshaw / Financial Times:
Q&A with sci-fi author Neal Stephenson about inventing the metaverse concept, his blockchain startup Lamina1, not using ChatGPT to help write novels, and more  —  Neal Stephenson's science-fiction writing has predicted (and inspired) innovations from cryptocurrency to Alexa.
Tabby Kinder / Financial Times:
Sources: Sequoia resigned from Citizen's board after the startup offered a “pay to play” deal obliging existing investors to participate in a new funding round  —  Investor abandons start-up over fundraising that has massively diluted its shareholding, as Silicon Valley VCs re-evaluate deals

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