March 1, 2023, 2:05 PM

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David Shepardson / Reuters:
The House Foreign Affairs Committee votes 24 to 16 to advance a bill that would enable President Biden to ban TikTok and other apps considered security risks  —  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.
Kyle Wiggers / TechCrunch:
OpenAI launches ChatGPT API for businesses, with dedicated capacity plans and priced at $0.002/~750 words, and says Snap and Shopify are among early adopters  —  To call ChatGPT, the free text-generating AI developed by San Francisco-based startup OpenAI, a hit is a massive understatement.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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 …
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:
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.
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.
How Commerce Department Secretary Gina Raimondo became a key player in the US' stricter China policy, including helping steer the CHIPS Act, exports, and TikTok  —  Gina Raimondo is the first to admit that she often can't see the line between work and play—or even work and pray.
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
Nektaria Stamouli / Politico:
A profile of Christos Rammos, the key investigator of the Greek government's spyware scandal engulfing PM Kyriakos Mitsotakis' administration since summer 2022  —  ATHENS — Christos Rammos is turning the screws on Greece's government.  —  Rammos has been the key investigator …
Elad Gil / Elad Blog:
Mid-to-late stage tech startups will likely face a reckoning from late 2023 to late 2024, after running out of cash from “free rounds” due to 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.
Patrick George / The Verge:
Volkswagen Group plans to roll out an app store for its car brands soon, featuring TikTok, Spotify, Yelp, and other third-party apps optimized for in-car use  —  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 …
Financial Times:
London-based Revolut reports £636M in 2021 revenue, a third coming from its crypto trading business, and a £26M net profit, up from a £223M net loss in 2020  —  Crypto boom helped fintech to first annual profit  —  Revolut's auditor warned that the design of the fintech's …

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