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May 24, 2023, 12:20 PM

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New York Times:
Sources and documents: TikTok employees have regularly posted user data on messaging tool Lark, used by ByteDance, leading some staff to raise privacy concerns  —  Employees of the Chinese-owned video app have regularly posted user information on a messaging and collaboration tool called Lark, according to internal documents.
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Sergiu Gatlan / BleepingComputer:
The US Treasury sanctions four entities and one individual over North Korea's “army” of illicit IT workers, often based in Russia and China, and cyberattacks  —  The Treasury Department's Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) announced sanctions today against four entities …
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 …
Philip Bump / Washington Post:
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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.
Andy Robinson / Video Games Chronicle:
Sony sold ~600K PlayStation VR2 units during the first six weeks of availability after its February 22 launch, 8% more than PSVR sales six weeks from launch  —  PlayStation VR2's early sales are ahead of what its PS4-powered predecessor managed, Sony has claimed.
Financial Times:
Tom Warren / 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 …
Matt Day / Bloomberg:
Six weeks after Amazon demoed its generative AI tools with an unusually vague announcement and just one testimonial, many cloud customers do not have access  —  Amazon.com Inc.'s cloud customers are clamoring to get their hands on the ChatGPT-style technology the company unveiled six weeks ago.
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 …
Adi Robertson / The Verge:
Hands-on with Sudowrite's Story Engine, a generative AI tool for long-form fiction that works better than previous options but still has big limitations  —  Thoughts are swarming my mind like a nest of cyber-rats. … Last week, generative fiction tool Sudowrite launched a system for writing whole novels.
Bloomberg:
Istanbul-based AI marketing startup Insider raised $105M at a $2B valuation, up from $1.22B during its $121M Series D in March 2022, taking its funding to $274M  —  Insider, a Turkish artificial intelligence-backed marketing platform, was valued at almost $2 billion in a funding round …
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.

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