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March 28, 2023, 3:45 PM

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Zoë Schiffer / Platformer:
Documents: Twitter closely monitors and boosts ~35 accounts, including AOC, President Biden, Ben Shapiro, Marc Andreessen, Elon Musk, @catturd2, and MrBeast  —  Congratulations to Ben Shapiro, AOC, and ... LeBron?  —  Last week, Twitter began notifying users who were verified under …
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 …
Emma Roth / The Verge:
Apple begins a multi-month roll out of its Apple Pay Later service in the US, for online and in-app purchases on iOS 16.4 and iPadOS 16.4  —  Apple is finally launching Apple Pay Later, the company's take on the buy now, pay later (BNPL) business.  The company has announced that users can use …
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Microsoft launches Security Copilot, a GPT-4-powered assistant to help security professionals with incident investigations, event summaries, reporting, and more  —  After announcing an AI-powered Copilot assistant for Office apps, Microsoft is now turning its attention to cybersecurity.
Reuters:
US prosecutors file a new indictment against SBF, accusing him of directing the transfer of $40M+ of cryptocurrency in bribes to Chinese government officials  —  U.S. prosecutors on Tuesday unveiled a new indictment against Sam Bankman-Fried, charging the founder of now-bankrupt FTX cryptocurrency exchange …
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Wall Street Journal:
Sources: Disney closes its metaverse unit, cutting ~50 jobs, and cancels an Amazon Prime-like program integrating Disney+, online retail, and theme park apps  —  The unit, once seen as developing a new form of storytelling, had about 50 employees  —  Mickey Mouse has left the metaverse.
Zhou Xin / South China Morning Post:
Alibaba plans its biggest restructuring ever, reorganizing its businesses into six independent entities and moving all operational decisions to each unit's CEO  —  Alibaba Group Holding will overhaul its sprawling operations, as China's largest technology conglomerate undertakes …
Zac Bowden / Windows Central:
Sources: Microsoft plans a major overhaul for “Windows 12” to modernize the OS with AI, faster updates, and improved security, to better compete with ChromeOS  —  Windows “CorePC” is the spiritual successor to Windows “Core OS.”  —  What you need to know
Sara Fischer / Axios:
Substack invites its newsletter writers and others to invest, aiming to raise $2M; source: the raise is an extension of Substack's $65M Series B in March 2021  —  Substack, the newsletter platform, will open up a community fundraising round on Tuesday, allowing writers on the platform to invest in the company.
Salvador Rodriguez / Wall Street Journal:
Memo: Meta plans to lower its bonus multiplier from 85% to 65% and cut restricted stock awards for staff who “met most expectations” in its 2023 year-end review  —  Facebook parent Meta Platforms Inc. META -1.43%decrease; red down pointing triangle plans to lower some bonus payouts …
Jennifer Pattison Tuohy / The Verge:
Amazon opens Sidewalk to developers, offering SDKs and hardware development kits, and claims 90%+ of the US population can now access the long-range IoT network  —  It turns out that I have a low-power, low-bandwidth, long-range IoT network all around me, ready and waiting for my smart gadgets to jump on.
Binance Blog:
Binance CEO CZ says the CFTC's complaint has an “incomplete recitation of facts” and Binance disagrees with the “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.
Gary Marcus / The Road to AI We Can Trust:
Discounting AI's short-term risks, from phishing to fraud to propaganda, because artificial general intelligence is not here yet leaves society ill-prepared  —  Superintelligence may or may not be imminent.  But there's a lot to be worried about, either way.  —  Is AI going to kill us all?
Kiyoshi Takenaka / Reuters:
Japan's FTC says the watchdog does not expect the Microsoft-Activision Blizzard deal to stifle competition and closes its review without a cease and desist  —  Japan's antitrust watchdog said on Tuesday it did not expect a merger between Microsoft Corp (MSFT.O) and Activision Blizzard …
Manish Singh / TechCrunch:
Source: Microsoft's GitHub lays off its entire engineering team in India, eliminating 100+ jobs, as part of a ~10% cut that GitHub announced in February 2023  —  GitHub, the popular developer platform, has laid off virtually its entire engineering team in India in an unusual move …

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