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March 7, 2023, 9:10 PM

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Cat Zakrzewski / Washington Post:
Biden's FCC nominee Gigi Sohn tells the White House she is dropping out after her nomination stalled for 16 months amid industry opposition and personal attacks  —  Gigi Sohn notified the White House she would drop out; her nomination was stalled for 16 months amid industry opposition
Ryan Tracy / Wall Street Journal:
Docs: the FTC demanded Twitter turn over internal messages about Elon Musk, details about layoffs, and the names of journalists with access to company records  —  Documents obtained by a House panel shed light on the probe into Twitter's compliance with settlement
Abner Li / 9to5Google:
Google schedules I/O 2023 with a “limited live audience” for May 10, when Android 14 details, Pixel 7a's debut, and a Pixel Tablet launch date are expected  —  Following the literal input/output puzzle this morning, Google has announced that I/O 2023 is taking place Wednesday, May 10.
Filipe Espósito / 9to5Mac:
Sources: Apple's upcoming 15-inch MacBook Air, 13-inch MacBook Air, and 13-inch MacBook Pro will feature an 8-core M3 chip, the same core count as the M1 and M2  —  We've been hearing rumors about a new MacBook Air for a while, but some details about it remain unclear. 9to5Mac has now heard …
Brian Fung / CNN:
US senators unveil the bipartisan RESTRICT Act to let the US ban foreign-linked app and hardware makers the Commerce Department deems a national security risk  —  A dozen US senators unveiled bipartisan legislation Tuesday expanding President Joe Biden's legal authority to ban TikTok nationwide …
Clare Duffy / CNN:
Meta tests returning messaging features to the Facebook app, nearly a decade after moving them to Messenger, hoping to “differentiate” Facebook from TikTok  —  New York CNN —  —  Nearly a decade after Facebook angered some users by splitting off messaging features …
Adi Robertson / The Verge:
Twitter lets the certificate for its Tor onion site expire, effectively killing off the privacy- and speech-protecting service a year after it launched  —  Twitter has allowed the certificate for its Tor onion site to expire, effectively killing off a privacy- and speech-protecting service that it introduced last year.
Wall Street Journal:
Sources describe how Google stalled the release of a powerful chatbot for years due to the risk AI demos could pose to its reputation and search ads business  —  Researchers developed a powerful chatbot years before rival ChatGPT went viral.  After management stalled its release, they quit.
Todd Spangler / Variety:
TikTok launches Series, letting select creators sell Collections of up to 80 paywalled videos, each up to 20 minutes; creators initially keep 100% of earnings  —  TikTok is opening up a new monetization spigot for creators on the popular short-form video app.
Emma Roth / The Verge:
Apple announces a yellow iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Plus, 2023's spring color after the “alpine green” option on all iPhone 13 models in 2022, shipping on March 14  —  Unlike last year, the new color variant won't be available for the Pro models and will only ship with the base iPhone 14 and the 14 Plus.
Harshit Rastogi / Counterpoint Research:
Apple had eight of the top 10 best-selling smartphones in 2022, led by the iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 Pro Max; Samsung's Galaxy A13 was fourth and its A03 was 10th  —  - Apple captured eight spots in the list of top 10 best-selling smartphones for 2022.  — The remaining two spots were taken by Samsung's Galaxy A13 and A03 models.
CoinDesk:
A New York bankruptcy judge says Voyager Digital can sell its $1B+ worth of assets to Binance.US, overruling objections by the US SEC and state regulators  —  The bankruptcy judge in the Voyager Digital case chose to allow the deal with Binance.US over objections from the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and state regulators.
Joseph Cox / VICE:
Meta stands by its AI release strategy after LLaMA, an LLM the company gave to approved organizations and researchers, was leaked as a torrent by a 4chan user  —  The leaked language model was posted to 4chan.  The model was previously only given to approved researchers, government organizations, and members of civil society.
George Hammond / Financial Times:
Many VCs question whether the generative AI startups attracting eye-watering valuations will make enough money, fearing a repeat of the crypto investment hype  —  Silicon Valley VCs fearing a repeat of falling crypto values warn against pouring cash into hype-fuelled start-ups
Andrew Marino / The Verge:
Q&A with Sonos CEO Patrick Spence and producer Giles Martin on the Era 100 and 300 speakers, spatial audio, Atmos, sustainability, the Google lawsuit, and more  —  They join The Vergecast to discuss Sonos' new Era 300 and 100 speakers, the ins and outs of spatial audio, and why this is the time to get behind it.
Damien Wilde / 9to5Google:
Google plans to retire overlay ads on YouTube videos starting on April 6 to “improve the viewer experience and shift engagement to higher performing ad formats”  —  YouTube is changing the way some ads are shown on videos very soon with the removal of “Overlay ads” from content starting April 6.

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