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April 2, 2023, 10:35 AM

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Kyle Wiggers / TechCrunch:
Twitter open sources a portion of its code on GitHub, including its algorithm for recommending tweets in For You but excluding its ad recommendation algorithm  —  As repeatedly promised by Twitter CEO Elon Musk, Twitter has opened a portion of its source code, including the algorithm it uses …
Matt Binder / Mashable:
Amanda Silberling / TechCrunch:
LeBron James, William Shatner, Seinfeld actor Jason Alexander, and other athletes and celebrities with millions of followers say they won't pay for Twitter Blue  —  April 1 is the dumbest day on the internet, and this year, it's not just because brands will try to prank you by selling “hot iced coffee.”
Sara Fischer / Axios:
Email: The White House will not pay for Twitter Blue for its staff; the White House and top officials' accounts like POTUS will likely maintain gray checkmarks  —  The White House will not pay to have its staff's official Twitter profiles continue to be verified, according to guidance issued to staffers via an email obtained by Axios.
New York Times:
An investigation details how a Georgia man was wrongfully arrested based on a bad facial recognition match and other tech meant to make policing more effective  —  Because of a bad facial recognition match and other hidden technology, Randal Reid spent nearly a week in jail …
Mat Di Salvo / Decrypt:
Seattle-based crypto exchange Bittrex shuts down its US operations, telling users to withdraw funds by April 30, but plans to continue to operate Bittrex Global  —  The American cryptocurrency exchange said it was not “economically viable” to continue doing business in the United States.
Ron Amadeo / Ars Technica:
Google confirms putting a 5M-file limit per Drive account, even for paid Google One plans, in February 2023 without telling users, who thought the cap was a bug  —  The new file limit means you can't actually use the storage you buy from Google.  —  “Please delete 2 million files to continue using your Google Drive account.”
Daniel Wiessner / Reuters:
The NLRB says Activision Blizzard broke US labor law by illegally surveilling staff during a walkout and threatening to close Slack channels amid a union drive  —  Activision Blizzard Inc (ATVI.O) violated U.S. labor law by illegally surveilling employees during a walkout and threatening …
Chloe Xiang / VICE:
A Belgian widow claims her husband died by suicide after talking for six weeks with an AI chatbot that presented itself as an emotional being in the app Chai  —  The incident raises concerns about guardrails around quickly-proliferating conversational AI models.  —  Chloe Xiang
Christopher Mims / Wall Street Journal:
How researchers, including at Meta's AI lab, use AI to study EEG readings, decoding how neurons in the brain communicate and exploring the nature of cognition  —  Thought is ever-changing electrical patterns unconnected to individual neurons.  Meta is working on a system to read your mind.
Wall Street Journal:
A profile of Sam Altman, whose social-minded capitalism may make him the ideal CEO for OpenAI as some say he's too commercially minded to lead a tech revolution  —  The CEO behind ChatGPT navigates the line between developing artificial intelligence on the cutting edge and pushing technology to dystopia

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