March 1, 2023, 12:45 PM

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Alex Heath / The Verge:
Meta's internal four-year AR/VR roadmap: three Quest headsets, smart glasses with a display and a “neural interface” smartwatch in 2025, and AR glasses in 2027  —  During an internal presentation, Meta execs laid out plans for three new Quest headsets, AR glasses in 2027, and a ‘neural interface’ smartwatch.
Chloe Xiang / VICE:
OpenAI, founded as a nonprofit to focus on creating a “positive human impact”, now operates as a closed-source and for-profit entity as ChatGPT explodes  —  OpenAI is today unrecognizable, with multi-billion-dollar deals and corporate partnerships.  Will it seek to own its shiny AI future?
Shaurya Malwa / CoinDesk:
After a lengthy, unexplained outage over the weekend due to an update, Solana Labs plans to improve its upgrade process to ensure reliability and uptime  —  Solana co-founder said last week's 1.14 network update has raised concerns about maintaining stability during major updates.
Aisha Malik / TechCrunch:
TikTok adds new well-being features for teens and others, including screen time controls, default settings for teens, and expanded Family Pairing  —  TikTok announced today that it's introducing new well-being features for teens, families and its broader community.
David Shepardson / Reuters:
The House Foreign Affairs Committee votes 24 to 16 to give President Joe Biden the power to ban TikTok and other apps; committee Democrats opposed the bill  —  The U.S. House Foreign Affairs Committee voted on Wednesday to give President Joe Biden the power to ban Chinese-owned social media app TikTok and other apps.
James Vincent / The Verge:
Twitter users globally reported multiple outages for over two hours, including the timeline failing to load on web and mobile; most users could still tweet  —  Twitter was having difficulties this morning, with users reporting that the site's timelines were inaccessible.
Jess Weatherbed / The Verge:
In a letter, YouTube head Neal Mohan outlined his key priorities and teases upcoming features, including generative AI tools for creators and Shorts updates  —  Neal Mohan, the new head of YouTube, outlined his key priorities and teased some upcoming features for the media platform …
How the UK's Online Safety Bill became an overwrought law that may not achieve its aims due to repeated policy changes by four prime ministers since 2019  —  LONDON — Britain's attempt to rein in the internet has turned into a political omnishambles.  —  The country's masterplan …
Katrina Manson / Bloomberg:
A look at Russia's cyberattack on Viasat's KA-SAT network in February 2022, leading some countries and the satellite industry to rethink satellite cybersecurity  —  Andreas Wickberg loves snowmobiling to the house he built in the icy reaches of Lapland, north of the Arctic Circle.
Zac Bowden / Windows Central:
Microsoft's Windows 11 announcement, adding the new Bing “directly into the taskbar”, was wildly misleading as using Bing Chat still requires opening Edge  —  What the hell, Microsoft?  —  Yesterday, Microsoft made a big hubbub about a new Windows 11 update that allegedly puts AI …
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Decentralized social network Bluesky launches 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.
Wall Street Journal:
Sources: Salesforce is still paying Matthew McConaughey $10M a year to act as a “creative adviser” despite thousands of layoffs and multiple activist investors  —  The $160 billion business-software company has joined the tech industry's retrenchment, laying off thousands
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.
Blake Hester / VICE:
How the proliferation of shock sites like Goatse, which can be traced back to, defined the modern internet era and informed how we use the web today  —  We owe the cultural evolution of the internet to the likes of ‘Two Girls, One Cup,’ ‘Goatse,’ and ‘Tubgirl.’
Patrick George / The Verge:
Volkswagen Group plans to roll out an app store for its car brands soon, including apps from TikTok, Spotify, Yelp, and other third-party car-optimized apps  —  If you've long felt like the one thing missing from your Audi was in-car TikTok, fret no more.  Volkswagen Group is the latest …
Karissa Bell / Engadget:
Twitter reverses its violent speech policy to ban users from voicing “wishes of harm” on people and adds rules on threats of damaging homes and infrastructure  —  Twitter is once again tightening its rules around what users are permitted to say on the platform.
Nektaria Stamouli / Politico:
A profile of Christos Rammos, a key investigator of the spyware scandal that has engulfed Greek politics and PM Kyriakos Mitsotakis since summer 2022  —  ATHENS — Christos Rammos is turning the screws on Greece's government.  —  Rammos has been the key investigator of the surveillance scandal …

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