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March 6, 2023, 8:45 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 documents: Binance and Binance.US are more intertwined than they have disclosed, sharing staff, finances, and an affiliated entity to trade crypto  —  The exchange was intertwined with an American firm portrayed as independent.  Now, regulators are circling.
Andy Greenberg / Wired:
A look at the AI Objectives Institute, founded by deceased privacy luminary Peter Eckersley, aiming to influence AI's evolution and safeguard humanity's future  —  Peter Eckersley did groundbreaking work to encrypt the web.  After his sudden death, a new organization he founded is carrying …
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
Associated Press:
German police, Europol, FBI, and Ukrainian authorities disrupt a ransomware gang that deployed DoppelPaymer; Europol says US victims paid out €40M+ in 2019-2021  —  German police said Monday that they have disrupted an international cybercrime gang which has been blackmailing large companies …
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.
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.
Justin Hendrix / Tech Policy Press:
A study of 13M+ Facebook posts in the run-up to the 2020 US elections found that 23% of the sampled posts with political images contained misinformation  —  A new study based on a massive dataset of posts collected from Facebook pages and groups in the runup to the 2020 U.S. Presidential election finds …

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