May 11, 2023, 3:05 PM

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EU lawmakers agree to ban facial recognition use in public and predictive policing tools, and set transparency rules on generative AI; details must be finalized  —  European lawmakers came a step closer to passing new rules regulating artificial intelligence tools such as ChatGPT …
Karissa Bell / Engadget:
Twitter rolls out encrypted DMs, but both sender and recipient must be Blue subscribers, group messages are not supported, and message metadata is not encrypted  —  There are still some major limitations to the feature.  —  Twitter is beginning to roll out its long-promised encrypted direct messaging feature.
Sergiu Gatlan / BleepingComputer:
Industrial cybersecurity company Dragos says a known cybercrime group accessed its SharePoint cloud service on May 8 but failed to breach its internal network  —  Industrial cybersecurity company Dragos today disclosed what it describes as a “cybersecurity event” after a known cybercrime gang attempted …
James Cirrone / Blockworks:
Coinbase apologizes for its newsletter suggesting Pepe the Frog was a “hate symbol”, saying it “did not provide the whole picture of the history of the meme”  —  Coinbase has come out with an apology for its recent newsletter suggesting Pepe the Frog was a “hate symbol.”
Brady Snyder / XDA Developers:
Google launches a Labs webpage where users can join waitlists to test the company's early feature and product ideas, including Search and Workspace AI tools  —  Google is using artificial intelligence to improve its existing products, and you can sign up to try them in Labs now.  Here's how to get started.
SoftBank reports Vision Fund lost ~$2B in Q4, down from ~$16B in Q4 2022, leading to a record ~$32B full fiscal year loss; investments in the year fell to ~$3B  —  SoftBank Group Corp. lost money in its Vision Fund investment unit again despite a rebound in tech stocks …
Ted Chiang / New Yorker:
Similar to McKinsey and other consulting firms, AI advancements may help concentrate wealth, disempower workers, and “sharpen the knife blade of capitalism”  —  As it's currently imagined, the technology promises to concentrate wealth and disempower workers.  Is an alternative possible?
Jagmeet Singh / TechCrunch:
WhatsApp rolls out updates to tackle spam calls, particularly prevalent in India right now, using its AI and ML systems, hoping to reduce the rate by 50%+  —  WhatsApp has announced that it has introduced back-end updates to tackle spam calls, which are particularly prevalent in India right now.
Matthew Gault / VICE:
Twitter appears to have disabled autocomplete in its search bar after users pointed out that it was recommending gory videos of animal abuse and war footage  —  Searching for dog and cat videos returned horrifying results.  —  Matthew Gault  —  Twitter has disabled autocomplete …
Bob Van Voris / Bloomberg:
A US judge sentences Nickolas Sharp, who worked for Ubiquiti, to six years in prison, rejecting the claim that his data theft made the IoT manufacturer safer  —  An engineer who worked for billionaire Robert Pera's Ubiquiti Inc. got six years in prison after a judge rejected his claim …
Sean Hollister / The Verge:
Review of the $700 Asus ROG Ally: fast performance and a smooth variable refresh screen, but Windows is hard to use on a handheld and the UI has major glitches  —  A big step forward for Windows handhelds — but is Windows the way forward at all? … Windows handheld gaming PCs existed before the Deck …
Sensor Tower: Bluesky had 628K mobile downloads in April, up 606% from March, when it became available on Android in addition to iOS; Mastodon had 90K downloads  —  - Bluesky has exploded in popularity over the past few months as measured by the number of mobile app downloads on both iOS and Android platforms.
More: Livemint
Vansh Agarwal / Reuters:
Sonos reports Q2 revenue down 24% YoY to $304.2M and forecasts its annual revenue between $1.63B and $1.68B, down from its prior $1.7B to $1.8B; SONO drops 20%+  —  Sonos Inc (SONO.O) was set to shed more than a fifth of its market valuation on Thursday after a revenue forecast cut fueled worries …
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