March 8, 2023, 8:25 AM

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Barbara Ortutay / Associated Press:
Elon Musk apologizes after mocking laid-off Twitter employee Haraldur Thorleifsson, who joined Twitter in 2021 after the company acquired his startup Ueno  —  If you're not told you are fired, are you really fired?  At Twitter, probably.  And then, sometimes, you get your job back — if you want it.
Ryan Tracy / Wall Street Journal:
Documents: the FTC demanded Twitter turn over internal messages on 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
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
Adi Robertson / The Verge:
Twitter lets the certificate for its Tor onion site expire, effectively killing off the privacy-preserving and speech-protecting service after one year  —  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.
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.
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.
TikTok announces Project Clover, outlining its plan to charm European regulators, including keeping user data on servers in Europe and allowing an audit  —  BRUSSELS — TikTok has launched its European counteroffensive to assuage politicians' fears over Chinese surveillance.
Ellen Huet / Bloomberg:
How Silicon Valley became obsessed with effective altruism, championed by SBF before he dismissed it as a dodge, and doomsday scenarios like killer rogue AI  —  Sonia Joseph was 14 years old when she first read Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality, a mega-popular piece of fan fiction …
Benj Edwards / Ars Technica:
Google and the Technical University of Berlin unveil PaLM-E, a visual language model with 562B parameters, integrating vision and language for robotic control  —  ChatGPT-style AI model adds vision to guide a robot without special training.  —  On Monday, a group of AI researchers from Google …
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 …
Mitchell Clark / The Verge:
YouTube plans to ease its restrictions on swearing in videos after finding its rules from November 2022 “resulted in a stricter approach than we intended”  —  YouTube will ease its restrictions on swearing in videos after an update it rolled out in November sparked backlash from several creators …
Andrew Webster / The Verge:
Panic launches Catalog, a curated game store for its handheld Playdate console with 16 titles, and raises the device's price by $20 to $199 starting in April  —  As part of a showcase event, Panic announced that Catalog, a game store for its Playdate handheld, would be launching today.
Source: Silvergate is in talks with FDIC officials about ways to avoid a shutdown, including lining up crypto-industry investors to help shore up its liquidity  —  US regulators have been sent to the headquarters of Silvergate Capital Corp., as the troubled crypto-friendly bank looks for a way to stay in business.
Harry McCracken / Fast Company:
An oral history of LinkedIn, which turns 20 in May, as told by Reid Hoffman and its co-founders, current executives, Satya Nadella, Richard Branson, and others  —  Social media, for work?  The world was skeptical.  But 20 years and a few white-knuckle moments later, LinkedIn has become synonymous …
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 …
Lyllah Ledesma / CoinDesk:
Research: Binance increased its market share from 59.4% in January to 61.8% in February, the fourth straight month of growth, likely due to available liquidity  —  The exchange continues to dominate, despite facing increased regulatory scrutiny, a report by CryptoCompare shows.

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