May 19, 2023, 4:00 PM

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Lia Haberman / ICYMI:
Meta briefed some creators on Instagram's decentralized text-based app that may launch in June 2023 with a Twitter-like design, Mastodon compatibility, and more  —  Meta's hosting secret meetings with select creators to share details  —  [a sneak peek at Instagram's new text-based app]
Jiyoung Sohn / Wall Street Journal:
Sources: Samsung suspends an internal review to replace Google with Bing as the default search engine on its mobile devices, citing market perception concerns  —  Samsung Electronics suspends internal review that contemplated changing its smartphones' default search engine from Google to Microsoft's Bing
Wall Street Journal:
Sources: Apple restricts internal use of ChatGPT, GitHub Copilot, and other external AI tools due to concerns over potential leaks of confidential data  —  The iPhone maker is concerned workers could release confidential data as it develops its own similar technology
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
A look at SCOTUS' rulings on Gonzalez v. Google and Twitter v. Taamneh and why explanations given for Section 230's existence could bode well for the Internet  —  Our long national wait for how the Supreme Court would rule regarding Section 230 is over, and the answer is... we need to keep waiting.
Financial Times:
Sources: Revolut is locked in a fight with top shareholder SoftBank after UK regulators told the company it must simplify its ownership to win a banking license  —  Minister to meet payment group's bosses amid fears UK's biggest tech group will leave the country
Chance Miller / 9to5Mac:
Apple shares its first App Store Transparency Report, listing app rejections, government requests, and more, as part of a settlement in a 2021 developer lawsuit  —  Earlier this week, Apple shared an in-depth look at how the App Store helped prevent fraud and protect developers and customers alike.
Jon Fingas / Engadget:
Hyundai agrees to settle with ~9M US Hyundai and Kia owners for $200M, after hundreds of car thefts inspired by the viral “Kia Challenge” on TikTok in mid-2022  —  Most of the money from the settlement will go toward compensating theft victims.  —  Hyundai is putting …
Cory Weinberg / The Information:
Source: Instacart generated ~$740M in 2022 ad revenue, up 30% YoY; nearly 30% of the company's 2022 revenue came from its ads unit, which launched in 2019  —  Instacart has become an advertising powerhouse.  —  The grocery-delivery firm's ad revenue totaled about $740 million last year …
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Ezra Marcus / Grub Street:
Restaurant chefs are increasingly designing food that plays well on video for influencers on TikTok, Instagram Reels, and YouTube that market to young diners  —  The most important social-media food genre of the past decade is photos of avocado toast, bright and colorful and clean.
New York Times:
Five TikTok creators sue to overturn Montana's law that is set to ban the app on January 1, 2024, arguing the law violates their First Amendment rights and more  —  A spokeswoman for the state attorney general said that his office had “expected a legal challenge” and was “fully prepared to defend the law.”
Harry McCracken / Fast Company:
A look at Apple's Personal Voice, an accessibility feature that lets ALS patients digitize their voices on an iPhone, iPad, or Mac, set to arrive later in 2023  —  Among the many challenges people living with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) face is its impact on their speech.
David C. Banks / Chalkbeat New York:
New York City Public Schools lifts its ban on ChatGPT and other generative AI, and plans to support its educators and students learning and exploring the tech  —  After a cautious start, our approach to AI technology is evolving.  —  As Chancellor of the nation's largest school system …
Alex Konrad / Forbes:
Jeff Jordan, a16z's fifth general partner who joined in 2011, steps back from active investments but will continue to work on his portfolio and board positions  —  Longtime Andreessen Horowitz venture capitalist Jeff Jordan is stepping back from active investments.
More: AxiosLinkedIn: Alex KonradTweets: @moorehn, @anthemos, @chrisfralic, @alexrkonrad, and @rahulchandra77Thanks:@alexrkonrad
Sam Tobin / Reuters:
A UK court throws out a case against Google over the transfer of 1.6M patients' medical records by an NHS trust to DeepMind in 2015 and their alleged misuse  —  Google on Friday defeated a lawsuit brought on behalf of 1.6 million people over medical records provided to the U.S. tech giant by a British hospital trust.
More: TechCrunch
Katharine Gemmell / Bloomberg:
The UK sentences Tejay Fletcher, the mastermind behind phone number spoofing service iSpoof, which scammed victims out of ~£100M, to over 13 years in prison  —  The mastermind behind a global “spoofing shop” that scammed victims out of as much as £100 million ($124 million) …

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