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March 24, 2023, 7:55 AM

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Todd Spangler / Variety:
Twitter plans to wind down its legacy verified program and remove legacy verified checkmarks starting on April 1, 2023  —  The social network, which the mega-billionaire bought last year in a debt-heavy $44 billion deal, announced on Thursday that starting April 1, it will remove …
The Verge:
Twitter Blue rolls out globally, but the subscription service is still missing promised features like prioritized ranking in conversations and half as many ads  —  While the subscription has been pretty widely available before (you could sign up for it in almost 50 countries) …
OpenAI:
OpenAI rolls out ChatGPT plugins, including two of its own, a web browser and a code interpreter, and open sources the code for a knowledgebase retrieval plugin  —  We've implemented initial support for plugins in ChatGPT.  Plugins are tools designed specifically for language models with safety …
Kyle Wiggers / TechCrunch:
Expedia, Instacart, Kayak, Klarna, OpenTable, Shopify, Slack, Wolfram, Zapier, and others release the first third-party ChatGPT plugins  —  OpenAI's viral AI-powered chatbot, ChatGPT, can now browse the internet — in certain cases.  —  OpenAI today launched plugins for ChatGPT …
Ava Benny-Morrison / Bloomberg:
US prosecutors in New York charge Terraform Labs co-founder Do Kwon with eight counts, including securities fraud, commodities fraud, and wire fraud  —  Terraform Labs co-founder Do Kwon, who presided over a more than $40 billion cryptocurrency implosion last year, was charged with fraud by US prosecutors in New York.
Bloomberg:
Montenegro says police detained Terraform Labs co-founder Do Kwon when he tried to fly to Dubai using falsified Costa Rican travel documents  —  Terraform Labs co-founder Do Kwon, who presided over a more than $40 billion cryptocurrency implosion last year, was detained in Montenegro …
Bloomberg:
Shou Chew's answers to hostile questioning did little to calm the bipartisan fury aimed at TikTok, instead giving critics more fuel to insist the US ban the app  —  TikTok Chief Executive Shou Chew's appearance in Congress on Thursday did little to calm the bipartisan fury directed at the viral video-sharing service.
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Washington Post:
Bryan Schott / Salt Lake Tribune:
Utah Gov. Spencer Cox signs two bills regulating social media apps, including requiring age verification for all users and permission from parents for minors  —  Gov. Spencer Cox, who signed the bills on Thursday, said the state is prepared for a legal fight over the tech company regulations.
Rohan Goswami / CNBC:
Messages in Binance's public chatrooms show some employees and support volunteers helping customers bypass China's crypto ban, including evading its KYC checks  —  - Binance founder Changpeng “CZ” Zhao has touted the exchange's know-your-customer systems, known as KYC, as a billion-dollar effort.
Steve Yegge / Sourcegraph Blog:
Why LLMs aren't a dumb fad like crypto, but the biggest thing since the World Wide Web, and on the coding front, the biggest thing since IDEs and Stack Overflow  —  Heya.  Sorry for not writing for so long.  I'll make up for it with 3000 pages here.  —  I'm just hopping right now.
Adi Robertson / The Verge:
The FTC proposes banning difficult-to-cancel subscriptions via “click to cancel” rules requiring companies to make ending a subscription as simple as signing up  —  The US Federal Trade Commission is proposing a formal ban on subscriptions that are simple to start but difficult to stop.
Nathan Grayson / Washington Post:
Current and former Twitch staff describe how the service lost its way: out-of-touch leaders, losing big creators, cost cutting, many irrelevant ads, and more  —  The platform's recent moves have confused and upset creators, fans and staff alike  —  For Twitch, the live-streaming platform watched …
CNBC:
Filing: Coinbase received an SEC notice warning the exchange of potential US securities law violations that could lead to enforcement actions; COIN drops 10%+  —  - The SEC issued crypto exchange Coinbase a Wells notice, warning the exchange that it identified potential violations of U.S. securities law.

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