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February 28, 2023, 3:05 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.
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 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
Reuters:
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 …
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 …
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 …
Bloomberg:
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.
Jon Victor / The Information:
Sources: Elon Musk approached AI researchers in recent weeks to form a research lab and 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 …
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.
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
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 …
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 …
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
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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