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May 24, 2023, 12:30 PM

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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.
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 …
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.
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.
Financial Times:
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.
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 …
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 …
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 …

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