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May 24, 2023, 7:20 AM

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Jay Peters / The Verge:
Netflix cracks down on password sharing in the US and offers paid sharing, which lets some accounts add an extra member outside their household for $7.99/month  —  Netflix is about to kick your best friend off your account — unless you pay for them to share your account, that is.
NBC News:
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis plans to launch his presidential bid on Twitter Spaces on May 24, in a discussion with Elon Musk moderated by David Sacks  —  The Florida governor will announce he is running for president on Twitter Wednesday evening in a conversation with Musk.
Philip Bump / Washington Post:
Elon Musk's intent in buying Twitter apparently was not only to dismantle a traditional media tool but also to turn Twitter into a right-wing media heavyweight  —  It was only a year ago that Elon Musk, then simply the guy who was hoping to buy Twitter, insisted that his politics sat squarely at the center of the national spectrum.
Frank X. Shaw / The Official Microsoft Blog:
Microsoft plans to adopt the same plugin standard that OpenAI introduced for ChatGPT, enabling interoperability across ChatGPT and Microsoft's Copilot offerings  —  You only need two simple letters to accurately convey the major shift in the technology space this year: A and I. Beyond those letters …
Nilay Patel / The Verge:
Aisha Malik / TechCrunch:
Google plans to use generative AI to boost the relevance of Search ads based on query context and debuts a conversational experience for creating ad campaigns  —  Google is going to start using generative AI to boost Search ads relevance based on the context of a query, the company announced at its Google Marketing Live event today.
Jess Weatherbed / The Verge:
Vjeran Pavic / The Verge:
Final Cut Pro for iPad review: touch-friendly design and accessible pricing but limited Mac interoperability and lacks the blade tool, stabilization, and more  —  The long-awaited iPad version of Final Cut Pro is here and, with it, a touch-friendly design and accessible pricing.
Andrew Marino / The Verge:
Andy Greenberg / Wired:
Elliptic: some Chinese chemical suppliers accept cryptocurrency for fentanyl ingredients and the majority use “three specific exchanges” based outside of China  —  And it's happening in plain sight.  —  Fentanyl has long been one of the most dangerous wares …
Rafaela Lindeberg / Bloomberg:
European gaming giant Embracer says a “groundbreaking” partnership worth $2B+ has collapsed and lowers its financial forecasts, sending shares crashing by 40%+  —  One of Europe's largest gaming companies has slashed its profit forecast for the year after a planned partnership fell through worth …
Will Gendron / Insider:
Spotify is building AI tools trained on its hosts' voices to create targeted ads, per Bill Simmons, the founder of the Spotify-owned podcast network The Ringer  —  - Bill Simmons, founder of The Ringer, hinted at Spotify's future AI plans.  — He said that the streaming service is working on technology for AI-generated ads.
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Reuters:
Sources, reports, and analysis: Chinese hackers targeted the Kenyan government from late 2019 until at least 2022 to find information on debt owed to China  —  Chinese hackers targeted Kenya's government in a widespread, years-long series of digital intrusions against key ministries and state institutions …
Bloomberg:
Xiaomi reports Q1 revenue down 18.9% YoY to ~$8.4B and a ~$596M net income, up from a ~$75M loss in Q1 2022, both above estimates, as cost cutting helps margins  —  Xiaomi Corp. quarterly revenue slid 19% in a reflection of crumbling demand for electronics and internet services in a sputtering Chinese economy.
More: Reuters
Wired:
Multilingual language models may not be effective tools to moderate content on social networks due the systems' shortcomings in detecting harmful content  —  Social media companies claim new language models can remove harmful content in every language.  But those systems' shortcomings can have vast consequences.
Stephen Witt / Rest of World:
An influx of digital nomads, mostly from the US, in Medellín, Mexico City, and other cities is boosting local economies, as locals complain of being priced out  —  Cities from Canggu to Medellín are welcoming tech workers, but locals complain they're being priced out.

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