March 6, 2023, 12:25 AM

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Pranshu Verma / Washington Post:
Scammers are using voice-cloning AI to impersonate distressed loved ones, sometimes spoofing specific phone numbers to further the ruse, and victims fall for it  —  Scammers are using artificial intelligence to sound more like family members in distress.  People are falling for it and losing thousands of dollars.
Mark Gurman / Bloomberg:
Sources: Apple's new 24" iMac is in engineering validation testing, set to launch in H2 2023 at the earliest, likely with the M3, and in the old iMac's colors  —  Apple is gearing up to launch its next slate of laptops and desktops, including a new iMac.  Also: Its cloud chief is set to leave …
Wall Street Journal:
Sources and docs: Binance and Binance.US are more intertwined than they've disclosed, sharing staff, finances, and an affiliated entity to buy and sell crypto  —  The exchange was intertwined with an American firm portrayed as independent.  Now, regulators are circling.
Jason Mikula / Fintech Business Weekly:
Internal docs appear to show executives at Eco, a personal finance app offering 2.5% to 5% in “APY rewards”, misrepresented Eco's lending practices to users  —  a16z- and Thiel-Backed Startup's Future Uncertain As It Loses Bank Partner, Pays User Interest With Own Funds  —  Hey all, Jason here.
Dave Lee / Financial Times:
Siri co-creator Adam Cheyer says generative AI will spur an assistant voice renaissance; Satya Nadella says Cortana, Alexa, Siri, Google Assistant “don't work”  —  Teams working on the ecommerce giant's voice assistant have been hit hard by the largest cuts in company's history
Charlie Warzel / The Atlantic:
An interview with Ask Jeeves co-creator Garrett Gruener, who says his original conception was similar to the chatbots Microsoft and Google are trying to build  —  Garrett Gruener, the co-creator of Ask Jeeves, couldn't beat Google, but he's feeling just fine about the dawn of the chatbot era.
Tracy Wang / CoinDesk:
Investor letter: Multicoin's hedge fund had a 91.4% loss in 2022; in November, Multicoin revealed an FTT position and that 10% of its assets were stuck on FTX  —  The fund's performance was severely impacted by direct exposure to now-bankrupt crypto exchange FTX and holdings in FTT and Solana-based tokens.
Sergi Castella i Sapé / Zeta Alpha:
Analysis of the top 100 most cited AI papers per year from 2020 to 2022: US-based AI research is the most impactful, and Google and Meta have dominated  —  Who Is publishing the most Impactful AI research right now?  With the breakneck pace of innovation in AI, it is crucial to pick up some signal as soon as possible.
Nelson Wang / CoinDesk:
A presentation in FTX's Chapter 11 case shows the crypto exchange identified ~$2.2B of assets in wallets and a ~$9.3B net borrowing by Alameda Research  —  So far, $2.2 billion in assets have been identified in the wallets of accounts associated with, of which only $694 million are in the most liquid assets.
Alex Cranz / The Verge:
Meta is good at making VR hardware but is ignoring its core gamer audience, as it's not clear the company realizes that games are driving its VR business  —  Meta seems very committed to making hardware to usher in a whole new world and racing away from the games that drive its VR business.
Andrew Duehren / Wall Street Journal:
Reports and sources: the US is preparing a program that could ban US investment in certain sectors in China, such as advanced chips, quantum computing, and AI  —  Biden administration expected to seek money in its budget next week to set up program regulating investment abroad

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