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April 6, 2023, 6:35 PM

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Reuters:
Sources: Tesla staff privately shared videos from customers' car cameras from 2019 to 2022 in one-on-one chats, including of a car hitting a child riding a bike  —  Tesla Inc assures its millions of electric car owners that their privacy “is and will always be enormously important to us.”
Miles Kruppa / Wall Street Journal:
An interview with Sundar Pichai on adding conversational AI to Search, why chatbots are not a threat to the Search ads business, the efficiency drive, and more  —  ‘More work left to do’ in efficiency drive, chief executive says  —  Google plans to add conversational artificial-intelligence features …
Lance Whitney / ZDNet:
Microsoft adds three Bing features to its SwiftKey keyboard beta for Android: web search results, a tone option in which AI rewrites text, and the AI chatbot  —  Android users who want to tap into some AI as they type on their phones can now do so with help from Microsoft.
Oliver Knight / CoinDesk:
The Australian Securities & Investments Commission cancels the license of Binance Australia Derivatives, which must close all derivatives positions by April 21  —  The exchange will close all of its customers' open derivatives positions by April 21.  The Australian Securities …
Jagmeet Singh / TechCrunch:
Google plans to stop personal loan Android apps from accessing sensitive user data like photos, videos, and contacts from May 31, to counter predatory behavior  —  Google plans to restrict apps that offer loan to individuals from accessing sensitive user data such as photos, videos and contacts …
Abner Li / 9to5Google:
Mitchell Clark / The Verge:
Substack writers are getting a pop-up saying Twitter “unexpectedly restricted access to embedding tweets”, a day after Substack unveiled its Twitter-like Notes  —  Writers trying to embed tweets in their Substack stories are in for a rude surprise: after pasting a link to the site …
The Block:
OPNX, an exchange from 3AC founders Su Zhu and Kyle Davie for trading bankruptcy claims, had just $13.64 in volume in its first 24 hours; OPNX's FLEX drops 27%+  —  - OPNX did not start off with a bang.  — The exchange's token, FLEX, is down 27%, trading at $1.95.
Andy Baio / Waxy.org:
macOS users find a copy of Satoshi Nakamoto's Bitcoin whitepaper shipped with macOS Mojave or newer, as a sample document for a hidden “Virtual Scanner II” app  —  While trying to fix my printer today, I discovered that a PDF copy of Satoshi Nakamoto's Bitcoin whitepaper apparently shipped …
Jonathan Vanian / CNBC:
Influencers, small businesses, and others say Meta gutting its customer service teams has left them with nobody to call to handle scammers and technical issues  —  - Meta's two rounds of layoffs are affecting the company's already poor customer service for users, influencers, communities and businesses.
Andy Bell:
A Mastodon user since 2018 details issues with the service despite decentralization's promise, like few Twitter friends, little diversity, and tone policing  —  I first joined Mastodon in 2018 (even though my old profile says 2016?), so I'd say I've seen a lot of its evolution.
Jay Caspian Kang / New Yorker:
Utah's bills restricting kids' social media use have galling civil liberties concerns and hazy enforcement plans, and will likely face constitutional challenges  —  Most people seem to agree that something should be done to protect kids from what sure looks like an addictive product.
Bloomberg:
Sources: Google and Amazon struggle to lay off workers in Germany, France, and other EU countries due to stringent labor laws and prolonged union negotiations  —  After announcing the largest rounds of layoffs in their history, US big tech companies are now learning how difficult it is to reduce headcount in Europe.
New York Times:
Analysis: in an information campaign on Twitter, Chinese officials and state media widely mocked a US TikTok ban, showing Beijing's investment in TikTok's fate  —  The company has tried to distance itself, but the information push shows just how deeply invested Beijing is in its fate.

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