February 28, 2023, 8:45 PM

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Tom Warren / The Verge:
Microsoft releases a Windows 11 update that adds 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.
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Decentralized social network Bluesky debuts in the iOS App Store as an invite-only beta; Twitter started Bluesky in 2019 and spun off the project in 2022  —  Bluesky, the Twitter alternative backed by Twitter co-founder and CEO Jack Dorsey, has hit the App Store and more testers are gaining access.
Former FTX Director of Engineering Nishad Singh pleads guilty to six US criminal charges, becoming the third FTX exec close to SBF to plead guilty and cooperate  —  Nishad Singh, the former director of engineering at now-bankrupt cryptocurrency exchange FTX, pleaded guilty to U.S. criminal charges …
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 …
Javier Espinoza / Financial Times:
The EU narrows its long-running Apple antitrust probe, dropping an IAP charge to focus on denying apps from being able to tell users about subscription options  —  Antitrust investigation to look at how tech giant deals with subscription information from streaming services such as Spotify
Karissa Bell / Engadget:
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 …
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.
Kyle Wiggers / TechCrunch:
Typeface, which offers generative AI for marketing copy and images, emerges from stealth with $65M from Lightspeed Venture Partners, GV, M12, and Menlo Ventures  —  Typeface, a startup developing an AI-powered dashboard for drafting marketing copy and images, emerged from stealth this week …
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
Elad Gil / Elad Blog:
Mid-to-late stage tech startups will likely face a reckoning in late 2023 to 2024, as companies run out of cash from “free rounds” fueled by low interest rates  —  The coming reset in mid-to-late stage startups in 2023-2024 is at this point likely largely decoupled from interest rates and inflation.
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 …
Sander Lutz / Decrypt:
Yuga Labs unveils TwelveFold, its first Bitcoin NFT project, which consists of 300 limited-edition generative art pieces each attached to an individual Satoshi  —  TwelveFold, a limited series of just 300 generative Ordinals NFT art pieces on Bitcoin, will be auctioned later this week.
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 …
Rohan Goswami / CNBC:
Chinese media warns Elon Musk, effectively saying not to bite the hand that feeds you, after he replied to a tweet implying COVID-19 originated from a Wuhan lab  —  - Chinese state-run media warned Tesla CEO Elon Musk that he was risking his relationship with China, after the executive retweeted about a …

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