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April 3, 2023, 12:15 AM

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Drew Harwell / Washington Post:
Twitter removed the verified badge from the New York Times' main account after Elon Musk responded to a meme outlining the outlet's decision not to pay for Blue  —  The Times and other news organizations say they won't pay for the icon, which is designed to protect against impersonation.
Aaron McDade / Yahoo Finance:
In a now-deleted tweet, Elon Musk said Twitter would give verified accounts “a few weeks grace” but take away their checkmarks if “they tell they won't pay now”  —  - The first day of Twitter's previously announced axing of “legacy” verified checks nearly passed without incident.
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Twitter updates the description of all blue checkmarks to say “This account is verified because it's subscribed to Twitter Blue or is a legacy verified account”  —  On Sunday, Twitter did something different: It updated the language in the description of verified users …
Amanda Silberling / TechCrunch:
CNN:
Source: soon after Pinduoduo's app updated to remove backdoor exploits, most of the team working on them was moved to work on Temu, which is a top app in the US  —  It is one of China's most popular shopping apps, selling clothing, groceries and just about everything else under the sun to more than 750 million users a month.
New York Times:
Sources: in Nov. 2021, five days after Biden put NSO on a Commerce Department blocklist, a front company for the US government licensed NSO's geolocation tool  —  The Biden administration has been trying to choke off use of hacking tools made by the Israeli firm NSO.
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.
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:
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 …
Washington Post:
Sources: SVB bought long-term assets that paid more interest based on a misplaced profit-driven strategy, falling out of compliance with its internal risk model  —  Focused on profits, leaders made decisions that foreshadowed the bank's surprise failure  —  Flush with cash from a booming …
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.

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