May 23, 2023, 8:10 AM

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Chloe Xiang / VICE:
Some blue-check Twitter accounts, one pretending to be Bloomberg, spread an AI-generated image of an explosion at the Pentagon; the stock market briefly dipped  —  An AI-generated image of a fake explosion near the Pentagon went viral thanks to blue-check Twitter accounts.  —  Chloe Xiang
Leaked responses from 20 countries to an EU proposal show the majority favor some form of scanning encrypted messages, with Spain wanting an EU-wide E2EE ban  —  In response to an EU proposal to scan private messages for illegal material, the country's officials said it is “imperative that we have access to the data.”
Bobby Allyn / NPR:
TikTok sues Montana over its new law intending to ban the app, citing the First Amendment, the state's lack of authority on national security issues, and more  —  TikTok has filed a federal lawsuit against Montana after the state passed a law last week intended to ban the app from being downloaded within its borders.
Devin Coldewey / TechCrunch:
OpenAI CEO Sam Altman, President Greg Brockman, and Chief Scientist Ilya Sutskever say the world will likely need a regulatory body for superintelligence  —  AI is developing rapidly enough and the dangers it may pose are clear enough that OpenAI's leadership believes that the world needs …
Chris Welch / The Verge:
Warner Bros. Discovery launches Max, offering substantially more 4K content than HBO Max via its $19.99 per month Ultimate plan, above the $15.99 ad-free plan  —  When Max goes live on May 23rd, the new Warner Bros. Discovery streaming service will offer substantially more 4K entertainment than HBO Max ever did.
Huw Jones / Reuters:
Securities watchdog IOSCO proposes the first global crypto regulations, covering conflicts of interest, custody, and more, aiming to finalize them by year-end  —  International securities watchdog IOSCO on Tuesday proposed the first global approach to regulating cryptoasset markets …
James Vincent / The Verge:
Some users say Twitter is restoring tweets and retweets that they had deleted, in what appears to be a new bug  —  Earlier this year on the 8th of May I deleted all my tweets, just under 5,000 of them. … This morning, though, I discovered that Twitter has restored a handful of my old re-tweets …
Rhiannon Williams / MIT Technology Review:
Meta unveils open-source AI models the company says can identify 4,000+ languages and produce speech for 1,000+ languages, a 40x and 10x increase, respectively  —  They could help lead to speech apps for many more languages than exist now.  —  Meta has built AI models that can recognize …
Jess Weatherbed / The Verge:
Adobe launches Generative Fill for Photoshop, one of the first Creative Cloud apps to use its generative AI Firefly tool, in beta, rolling out fully in H2 2023  —  / Generative Fill will arrive in Photoshop in ‘the second half of 2023.’  —  Adobe Photoshop is getting a new generative AI tool …
Hong Kong outlines crypto trading rules for bitcoin, ether, and other large coins, letting retail investors trade them on licensed exchanges starting on June 1  —  Hong Kong said retail investors can trade crypto under its new rulebook for the sector, stepping up a drive to develop …
New York Times:
US Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy releases a 19-page report arguing social media can have a “profound risk of harm” for kids and teens and calls for action  —  Dr. Vivek H. Murthy urged immediate action from policymakers, tech companies and parents to safeguard against potential harms.
Tage Kene-Okafor / TechCrunch:
South African digital banking startup TymeBank raised a $77.8M pre-Series C led by Norrsken22 and Blue Earth Capital, after a $110M Series B in February 2021  —  South African digital banking platform Tyme has raised $77.8 million in a pre-Series C round led by African-focused growth stage fund Norrsken22 …
Sundar Pichai / Financial Times:
Building AI responsibly matters more than competition, one company cannot fulfill AI's potential alone, and global cooperation, especially US-EU, will be key  —  Fulfilling the technology's potential is not something that one company can do alone  —  The writer is CEO of Google and Alphabet

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