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March 6, 2023, 2:40 PM

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Kris Holt / Engadget:
Some Twitter services such as loading images and TweetDeck were down; clicking a link in a tweet gave the error “your current API plan does not include access”  —  Links and images were completely busted on Twitter for a spell on Monday across the company's website and mobile apps.
Wired:
An analysis and reconstruction of Rotterdam's Accenture-made welfare fraud algorithm and its training data finds discrimination based on ethnicity and gender  —  Obscure government algorithms are making life-changing decisions about millions of people around the world.
Dina Bass / Bloomberg:
Microsoft rolls out Dynamics 365 Copilot, an AI assistant that uses OpenAI's tech to draft contextual chat and email answers to customers and more, in preview  —  Microsoft Corp., having brought artificial intelligence to its battle with Google over search, is now turning to the latest AI technology …
Associated Press:
German police, Europol, the FBI, and Ukrainian police disrupt a ransomware gang that deployed DoppelPaymer; Europol says US victims paid €40M+ from 2019 to 2021  —  German police said Monday that they have disrupted an international cybercrime gang which has been blackmailing large companies …
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.
Reuters:
The EU says Meta agreed to improve transparency over WhatsApp's 2021 privacy policy changes, letting users reject the changes and saying user data is not shared  —  Meta Platforms' (META.O) WhatsApp has agreed to be more transparent about changes to its privacy policy introduced in 2021 …
Andy Greenberg / Wired:
A look at the AI Objectives Institute, founded by late privacy and tech luminary Peter Eckersley, meant to guide AI's evolution to safeguard humanity's future  —  Peter Eckersley did groundbreaking work to encrypt the web.  After his sudden death, a new organization he founded is carrying …
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Microsoft makes Outlook for Mac free to use, no longer requiring an Office license or Microsoft 365 subscription  —  Microsoft is making Outlook for Mac free to use today. … It's a surprise move that coincides with Microsoft's push to make its Windows desktop Outlook email client more web-powered.

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