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April 17, 2023, 8:55 AM

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Nico Grant / New York Times:
Sources detail Google's project Magi to upgrade search with AI, as Samsung considers defaulting to Bing; source: 160+ employees are working full time on Magi  —  The tech giant is sprinting to protect its core business with a flurry of projects, including updates to its search engine and plans for an all-new one.
Jenni Reid / CNBC:
Sega acquires Rovio, best known for its Angry Birds franchise, for €706M  —  - The deal would be for the entirety of Rovio's outstanding shares and options, valuing them at 9.25 euro per share, a roughly 19% premium to their closing price before the announcement, Sega said.
Nikhilesh De / CoinDesk:
A US House Committee publishes a draft stablecoin bill proposing a moratorium on stablecoins backed by other cryptocurrencies, requesting a CBDC study, and more  —  The stablecoin bill is the first major piece of crypto legislation in 2023.  —  The U.S. House Financial Services Committee published …
Amanda Silberling / TechCrunch:
Netflix's second ever livestream hit technical issues, leading to a 75+ minute delay and the company taping the Love is Blind reunion episode for later viewing  —  Netflix had some serious issues with the livestream of its “Love is Blind” reunion episode.  We always knew the livestream would be messy …
Sergiu Gatlan / BleepingComputer:
Google rolls out a Chrome security update to patch a zero-day, exploited in the wild, due to a high-severity type confusion weakness in the V8 JavaScript engine  —  Google has released an emergency Chrome security update to address the first zero-day vulnerability exploited in attacks since the start of the year.
Matt Binder / Mashable:
Numerous public service and safety Twitter accounts, including for US National Weather Service offices, say the company's new API rules limit automated alerts  —  Twitter's new API rules just blocked numerous National Weather Service alert accounts and others from working.
Jay Peters / The Verge:
An early look at the Jack Dorsey-backed federated social network Bluesky, which emulates Twitter's looks and feels like a simpler, positive time on the internet  —  Bluesky is really, really fun. … But after spending a few hours in Bluesky since getting my beta invite this week, it's so far the service where I feel the most joy.
Lydia Beyoud / Bloomberg:
The US SEC reopens public comment for a draft rule that expands its crypto regulatory power, adding explicit language covering digital asset and DeFi exchanges  —  The US Securities and Exchange Commission on Friday altered a proposed rule to make more explicit that digital-asset exchanges …
Mark Savage / BBC:
A song that uses AI to clone the voices of Drake and The Weeknd without the artists' permission goes viral on social media  —  A song that uses Artificial Intelligence to clone the voices of Drake and The Weeknd has gone viral on social media.  —  Called Heart On My Sleeve …
Shirin Ghaffary / Vox:
Similarweb: in March 2023, Twitter's traffic fell 7.7% YoY, the third straight month of decline, web visitors fell 3.3% YoY, and Android app DAUs fell 9.8% YoY  —  Say goodbye to the old Twitter and hello to the new normal.  —  It's been a year since Elon Musk initiated his takeover of Twitter.
Sam Biddle / The Intercept:
Contract docs reveal the Georgia National Guard plans to use location-based phone surveillance to target ads using geofences around 67 local public high schools  —  The Georgia Army National Guard plans to combine two deeply controversial practices — military recruiting at schools …
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Razor Group, which buys and scales up e-commerce merchants, raised an €80M Series C, sources say at a $1.2B valuation and acquires its competitor Stryze Group  —  The business of being an e-commerce aggregator may be down but it is definitely not out.  —  Razor Group, one of the string …

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