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March 28, 2023, 10:25 AM

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The Verge:
Elon Musk says only verified accounts will be recommended in Twitter's For You tab and be able to vote in polls to address “AI bot swarms”, starting April 15  —  Twitter users will need a “verified account” to get recommended on the platform's For You page starting on April 15th …
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Zoë Schiffer / Platformer:
Documents: Twitter has a list of ~35 accounts which it monitors and offers increased visibility to, including AOC, Biden, Marc Andreessen, Musk, and @catturd2  —  Congratulations to Ben Shapiro, AOC, and ... LeBron?  —  Last week, Twitter began notifying users who were verified under …
Binance Blog:
Binance CEO CZ says CFTC's complaint contains “incomplete recitation of facts” and Binance does not agree with “characterization of many of the issues alleged”  —  Today, the CFTC filed an unexpected and disappointing civil complaint, despite our working cooperatively with the CFTC for over two years.
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Wall Street Journal:
Sources: Disney eliminates its metaverse unit, cutting ~50 jobs, and ceases work on an Amazon Prime-like program integrating Disney+ and other Disney platforms  —  The unit, once seen as developing a new form of storytelling, had about 50 employees  —  Mickey Mouse has left the metaverse.
Reuters:
Sam Bankman-Fried's lawyers and prosecutors agree on new bail terms, including giving SBF a phone without internet and a monitored laptop with limited functions  —  Lawyers for Sam Bankman-Fried said they reached an agreement with U.S. prosecutors on Monday on revised bail conditions …
Zhou Xin / South China Morning Post:
Alibaba plans to reorganize its businesses into six independent entities and devolve operational decisions to each unit's CEO, in its biggest restructuring ever  —  Alibaba Group Holding will overhaul its sprawling operations, as China's largest technology conglomerate undertakes …
Katyanna Quach / The Register:
Europol details how LLMs can be exploited to fuel fraud, cybercrime, and terrorism, and claims people are already using ChatGPT to carry out illegal activities  —  There is no honor among chatbots  —  Criminals are already using ChatGPT to commit crimes, Europol said in a Monday report …
Rohan Goswami / CNBC:
Lyft co-founders Logan Green and John Zimmer plan to step down as CEO on April 17 and president on June 30; ex-Amazon executive David Risher is set to be CEO  —  - Lyft's cofounders, Logan Green and John Zimmer, will step back from their day-to-day roles as CEO and president, respectively.
Rest of World:
A look at Meta's “spirit of the policy” exception that lets the company break its moderation rules in conflict zones and crises; critics want more transparency  —  An Oversight Board case from Sri Lanka shows the power of Facebook's “spirit of the policy” exception
Kiyoshi Takenaka / Reuters:
Japan's FTC says it does not expect the Microsoft-Activision Blizzard deal to stifle competition and closes its review without issuing a cease and desist order  —  Japan's antitrust watchdog said on Tuesday it did not expect a merger between Microsoft Corp (MSFT.O) and Activision Blizzard …
Juli Clover / MacRumors:
Apple debuts iOS 16.4 with 21 new emoji, Safari push notifications for web apps on the Home Screen, Voice Isolation for calls, Crash Detection tweaks, and more  —  Apple today released iOS 16.4, the fourth major update to the iOS 16 operating system that initially came out last September. iOS 16.4 comes …
Kat Tenbarge / NBC News:
A look at the non-consensual deepfake porn economy, with video sites easily accessible via top Google search results and some accepting Visa and Mastercard  —  The nonconsensual deepfake economy has remained largely out of sight, but it's easily accessible and some creators can accept major credit cards.
Jeremy Hill / Bloomberg:
Filing: a federal judge grants the US government's request to temporarily halt Voyager's bankruptcy plan, putting its proposed ~$1B sale to Binance.US on hold  —  A federal judge granted the US government's request to temporarily halt Voyager Digital Ltd.'s bankruptcy plan …
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Venti Technologies, which develops autonomous vehicle tech for industrial and logistical hubs, raised a $28.8M Series A led by LG Technology Ventures  —  We are still likely many years away from wide-scale deployment — let alone adoption — of fully autonomous vehicles on our streets …
More: Reuters
Manish Singh / TechCrunch:
Source: Microsoft-owned GitHub lays off its entire engineering team in India, eliminating 100+ jobs, as part of a ~10% cut announced in February  —  GitHub, the popular developer platform, has laid off virtually its entire engineering team in India in an unusual move as the Microsoft-owned firm cuts …

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