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May 6, 2023, 5:20 AM

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Chris Strohm / Bloomberg:
Sources: the US DOJ is investigating if Binance was used to let Russians skirt US sanctions, alongside a probe into its alleged use to evade sanctions on Iran  —  The Justice Department is investigating whether Binance Holdings Ltd. was used illegally to let Russians skirt US sanctions …
Matt Binder / Mashable:
An independent researcher's data shows that out of the ~150K Twitter Blue subscribers in November 2022, just ~68,157 were still subscribed on April 30  —  The early birds cancel their subscriptions.  —  Twitter Blue's struggles since its launch nearly six months ago are more severe than previously revealed, new data suggests.
Devin Coldewey / TechCrunch:
Q&A with Vint Cerf, chief internet evangelist at Google and recipient of IEEE's Medal of Honor, on how Google has changed since 2005, the hazards of LLMs, more  —  “That's always an exciting place to be — a place where nobody's ever been before."  —  Vint Cerf has been a near-constant influence …
Wall Street Journal:
Ex-staff say TikTok had a list, accessible internally via a dashboard, of users watching LGBTQ content; TikTok says it deleted the dashboard in the US in 2022  —  Company logged categories of content and users on app in effort to boost engagement; spokeswoman says TikTok has restricted access to that data
Mengqi Sun / Wall Street Journal:
New York's AG proposes the Crypto Regulation, Protection, Transparency and Oversight Act, or CRPTO, seeking broader enforcement authority over crypto companies  —  Proposed legislation would require crypto exchanges to have independent public audits of financial statements, among other new requirements
Lora Kelley / New York Times:
A profile of Roger Lee, who runs Layoffs.fyi that has catalogued ~450,000 tech job cuts and Comprehensive.io that tracks compensation in tech job postings  —  Roger Lee has cataloged hundreds of thousands of tech job cuts on his site Layoffs.fyi.  He still believes the industry will “100 percent” bounce back.
Bloomberg:
Source: a leaked April 2023 internal document by Luke Sernau, a senior software engineer at Google, argues that open-source AI will outcompete Google and OpenAI  —  A senior software engineer at Google wrote a critique asserting that the internet search leader is losing its edge …
Chance Miller / 9to5Mac:
Brydge, an iPad, Mac, and Surface accessory maker, is shutting down; sources: Brydge has neither paid its staff salaries nor fulfilled orders since January 2023  —  Brydge, a once thriving startup making popular keyboard accessories for iPad, Mac, and Microsoft Surface products, is ceasing operations.

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