June 7, 2023, 5:35 PM

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Wall Street Journal:
Investigations: Instagram connects and promotes a vast network of accounts openly devoted to underage sex content; Meta plans to improve its internal controls  —  The Meta unit's systems for fostering communities have guided users to child-sex content; company says it is improving internal controls
Filipe Espósito / 9to5Mac:
Apple releases a Game Porting Toolkit, based on the open-source platform Wine, to translate DirectX 12 into Metal 3, a potentially massive step for Mac gaming  —  One of the new features in macOS Sonoma is Game Mode, which Apple claims improves gaming performance on Apple Silicon Macs.
Jessica Toonkel / Wall Street Journal:
Sources: Amazon plans to launch an ad-supported Prime Video tier and is talking with WBD and Paramount about adding their ad-based tiers to Prime Video Channels  —  Discussions come as ad buyers have been pushing for more access to premium shows and movies  —  Amazon is planning to launch …
William Gallagher / AppleInsider:
Apple details features coming to its services this fall, like offline maps and real-time EV charging availability in Maps and Collaborative Playlists in Music  —  New features are coming to Apple Music, Apple Maps and more  —  Following the launch of Apple's next operating systems for its devices …
The Athletic:
Sources: MLS and Apple discussed sharing new Season Pass subscriber revenue with Lionel Messi; on June 6, Apple unveiled a four-part Messi docuseries on TV+  —  Major League Soccer and Inter Miami are solidifying details around the potential signing of Argentine superstar Lionel Messi.
Casey Newton / Platformer:
How Twitter, YouTube, and Meta gave up on removing lies about the 2020 US presidential elections, after having briefly banded together to do the right thing  —  For a time, they fought the good fight — but not any more  —  I.  —  On tech platforms these days you can get away with just about anything …
Alyssa Mercante / Kotaku:
A look at Twitch's new ad rules for branded content, a crucial source of income for creators; after an outcry, Twitch says the initial update was “overly broad”  —  'The top 100 streamers on Twitch just got told they're not allowed to make 80 percent of their revenue the way they're used to making it.'
Ivan Mehta / TechCrunch:
Automattic launches Jetpack AI Assistant for and Jetpack-powered sites, letting users generate content, translate text into 12 languages, and more  —  Automattic, the company behind and the main contributor to the open-source WordPress project …
Ashley Capoot / CNBC:
Google Cloud partners with Mayo Clinic to test a service for making AI chatbots and search apps; Mayo created a tool that helps staff find patient data and more  —  - Google Cloud on Wednesday said Mayo Clinic is using a new generative AI search tool that lets companies create customized chatbots.
Kris Holt / Engadget:
Mojang launches Minecraft: Bedrock Edition for ChromeOS, after early access in March 2023; the $20 game runs on Chromebooks from the past three years and more  —  It will run on any Chromebook from the last three years, as well as some other models.  —  Following an early access period …
Sequoia's plan for three VC firms represents a major shift due to rising US-China tensions and signals that China ties are a growing liability in Silicon Valley  —  Sequoia Capital's plan to split itself into three separate regional firms represents a major shift at one the world's foremost venture capital firms.
Rachel Metz / Bloomberg:
Microsoft starts offering OpenAI's GPT-3 and GPT-4 to Azure Government clients, including various US agencies; the DOD's DTIC plans to experiment with the LLMs  —  Microsoft Corp. will make it possible for users of its Azure Government cloud computing service, which include a variety of US agencies …
Brendan I. Koerner / Wired:
A profile of Christopher Bouzy, the CEO of Twitter analytics startup Bot Sentinel, and his attempts to build Twitter rival Spoutible, starting in November 2022  —  When Elon Musk's reign of toxic chaos began, Christopher Bouzy didn't just go looking for a rival place to post.
Ashley Belanger / Ars Technica:
Pornhub shows a video message on its page for visitors in Virginia, Mississippi, and Arkansas, asking people to oppose new age verification laws in those states  —  Pornhub wants to punt privacy concerns of age verification to Big Tech.  —  Starting today, Pornhub visitors in Virginia …
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Samrhitha Arunasalam / Reuters:
GameStop fires CEO Matt Furlong two years after hiring him and appoints chairman and majority shareholder Ryan Cohen as its executive chairman; GME drops 15%+  —  June 7 (Reuters) - GameStop (GME.N) fired CEO Matt Furlong two years after hiring him and appointed billionaire Ryan Cohen as executive chairman …
Robert Armstrong / Financial Times:
Crypto is dangerous nonsense and should be regulated like smoking, gambling, or pyramid schemes, not granted the dignity of regulation under US securities law  —  But not for the reasons the exchanges think  —  This article is an on-site version of our Unhedged newsletter.
Matt Levine / Bloomberg:
Nikhilesh De / CoinDesk:
Court filing: the SEC asked a DC court to grant a temporary restraining order that would freeze assets tied to Binance.US' holding and operating companies  —  The filing comes a day after the SEC sued Binance.  —  The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) asked a court to grant …

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