February 28, 2023, 1:25 PM

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Tom Warren / The Verge:
Microsoft releases a Windows 11 update, adding the new AI-powered Bing search to the taskbar, Phone Link for iOS, screen recording, Notepad tabs, and more  —  Microsoft is releasing a big update to Windows 11 today that adds the company's new AI-powered Bing search to the taskbar.
Lawrence Abrams / BleepingComputer:
LastPass says hackers stole password vault data in 2022 by exploiting an RCE flaw in third-party software to install a keylogger on a DevOps engineer's computer  —  LastPass revealed more information on a “coordinated second attack,” where a threat actor accessed and stole data …
Javier Espinoza / Financial Times:
The EU narrows its long-running Apple antitrust case, removing IAP objections and focusing on stopping apps from telling users about other subscription options  —  Antitrust investigation to look at how tech giant deals with subscription information from streaming services such as Spotify
Jon Victor / The Information:
Sources: Musk approached AI researchers in recent weeks about forming a research lab to make a ChatGPT rival; Musk co-founded OpenAI in 2015 before cutting ties  —  Elon Musk has approached artificial intelligence researchers in recent weeks about forming a new research lab to develop …
Manya Saini / Reuters:
Sources: Visa and Mastercard pause partnering with crypto companies and delay product launches until market conditions and the regulatory environment improve  —  U.S. payment giants Visa (V.N) and Mastercard (MA.N) are slamming the brakes on plans to forge new partnerships with crypto firms …
Sander Lutz / Decrypt:
Yuga Labs announces its first Bitcoin NFT project TwelveFold, which contains 300 limited-edition generative art pieces inscribed to the Bitcoin blockchain  —  TwelveFold, a limited series of just 300 generative Ordinals NFT art pieces on Bitcoin, will be auctioned later this week.
Microsoft expands PC Game Pass to 40 new countries, including in Latin America, the Middle East, and Eastern Europe, taking the service's total to 86  —  The Xbox console has been the key to Microsoft Corp.'s clout in the gaming industry since its release more than two decades ago.
Ryan Broderick / Garbage Day:
After declining Twitter engagement, a writer games the For You feed, which he suspects uses invisible subreddit-like Topics to algorithmically organize tweets  —  Read to the end for some really good horse content  —  I Gave Into The New Twitter Algorithm And I Went Way Too Viral
Former FTX Director of Engineering Nishad Singh plans to plead guilty to three US fraud charges, per his lawyer, becoming the latest FTX executive to cooperate  —  Nishad Singh, the former director of engineering at now-bankrupt cryptocurrency exchange FTX, has agreed to plead guilty to U.S. fraud charges …
Florence Ion / Gizmodo:
Google rolls out fall detection to all Pixel Watch users, four months after its launch, saying the feature “has been extensively tested” to avoid false alarms  —  The long-awaited feature can be toggled on through the settings starting today.  —  Four months after its launch …
Financial Times:
Some marketers worry that Meta's AI-based Advantage+ ad tool, added after Apple's ATT to generate multiple ads, forces them to relinquish too much control  —  Social network claims successes with tool to counteract Apple's privacy changes that resulted in billions in lost revenue
NBC News:
The US Marshals Service suffered “a ransomware and data exfiltration event” on a standalone system; a source says the witness protection database was not hit  —  The U.S. Marshals Service suffered a security breach over a week ago that compromises sensitive information …
Mitchell Clark / The Verge:
Memo: Dish CEO Erik Carlson tells staff that data was stolen in a cyberattack that has kept its systems down for days; DISH falls over 7% in intraday trading  —  Dish has told employees that it's “investigating a cybersecurity incident” and that it's “aware that certain data was extracted” …
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Cade Metz / New York Times:
AI pioneer and UCSD professor Terry Sejnowski argues that AI chatbots are often prodded into producing strange results by the people who are using them  —  One of the pioneers of artificial intelligence argues that chatbots are often prodded into producing strange results by the people who are using them.
Niha Masih / Washington Post:
Access Now: in 2022, 35 countries instituted internet shutdowns at least 187 times, led by India with 84, Russia causing 22 in Ukraine, Iran with 18, and more  —  More countries shut down the internet in 2022 than ever before, according to a new report by digital rights researchers …

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