June 13, 2023, 11:35 AM

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Alexa Corse / Wall Street Journal:
Jack Dorsey says India threatened to shut down Twitter unless the company complied with orders during the farmer protests, a claim India calls an “outright lie”  —  Twitter was threatened with shut down in India, Nigeria and Turkey unless it complied with orders to restrict accounts …
Mark Savage / BBC:
Paul McCartney says AI helped “extricate” John Lennon's voice from an old demo to complete what he calls “the final Beatles record”, set for release in 2023  —  Sir Paul McCartney says he has employed artificial intelligence to help create what he calls “the final Beatles record”.
Casey Newton / Platformer:
Reddit's API changes stem from LLMs driving up the value of its data, a long-planned IPO, and profitable third-party clients generating no revenue for Reddit  —  As it moves to shut down third-party apps, the site's self-governing ethos comes back to haunt it  —  I.
Vishal Chawla / The Block:
SDNY releases documents in which an ex-SEC director suggested ether and bitcoin were not securities in 2018, which crypto advocates say undermines the SEC  —  - Certain documents related to former SEC director William Hinman have been released in the SEC's lawsuit against Ripple Labs.
The US FTC files for a temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction to block Microsoft's acquisition of Activision Blizzard  —  - The FTC on Monday filed a temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction seeking to block Microsoft's proposed acquisition of Activision Blizzard.
Ivan Mehta / TechCrunch:
YouTube lowers requirements to monetize under the Partner Program, including creators only needing 500 subscribers, down from 1,000, and fewer watch hours  —  YouTube is lowering the requirements for creators to get access to monetization tools under the YouTube Partner Program (YPP).
Dell Cameron / Wired:
A declassified ODNI report from 2022: the US has amassed troves of “sensitive and intimate information” about Americans purchased from commercial data brokers  —  A newly declassified report from the Office of the Director of National Intelligence reveals the federal government is buying troves of data about Americans.
Molly White:
Unpacking Coinbase's flawed talking points in its battle with the SEC, including the argument that “securities laws written in the 1930s can't apply to crypto”  —  Coinbase is trotting out its usual flawed arguments now that it's facing a lawsuit from the SEC, and more pushback is needed.
Max Read / New York Times:
How Jimmy Donaldson, aka MrBeast, became a viral sensation for his absurd acts of altruism and pitching subscribing as an act of charity, sometimes literally  —  Jimmy Donaldson, a.k.a. MrBeast, has become a viral sensation for his absurd acts of altruism.  Why do so many people think he's evil?
Avram Piltch / Tom's Hardware:
Google's Search Generative Experience seems like an “AI plagiarism engine” that cobbles together snippets of text from a variety of sites, often word-for-word  —  The Search Generative Experience seems more like a text-copying experience.  —  Search has always been the Internet's most important utility.
Wall Street Journal:
Sources: Netflix is in talks to livestream its first sporting event this fall, a celebrity golf tournament with professional golfers and Formula One drivers  —  Tournament to include celebrities from Formula One series ‘Drive to Survive’ and golf program ‘Full Swing’
Sam Kessler / CoinDesk:
Uniswap Labs details Uniswap v4, the next version of the decentralized exchange, and invites feedback; Uniswap v3 launched in 2021 and has processed over $1T  —  The biggest decentralized crypto exchange is opening its development process to the public for the first time as the SEC cracks down on its centralized competitors.
Gavin Bonshor / AnandTech:
AMD announces the Ryzen Pro 7000 for desktop and Ryzen Pro 7040 HS and 7040 U for mobile, adding an integrated Ryzen AI block on select models and Zen 4 cores  —  As is a constant whenever AMD launches their latest desktop and mobile processors, they typically deploy and release a professional …
Financial Times:
A look at the global network of subsea internet cables, dominated by companies from France, the US, and Japan, as China circumvents US curbs to build its own  —  Nearly 1.4mn kilometres of metal-encased fibre criss-crosses the world's oceans, speeding internet traffic seamlessly around the globe.
Allison Johnson / The Verge:
Nothing plans to release the Nothing Phone 2 on July 11, offering a Snapdragon 8 Plus Gen 1 chip and bigger battery, widely available in the US  —  We knew that the Nothing Phone 2 would arrive next month, and now we have a precise date: July 11th, a day shy of the Phone 1's first birthday.
Steve Dent / Engadget:
Meta adds “world chat” to Horizon Worlds, offering a text-based way of communicating with anyone in the same world session, and promises strict moderation  —  Meta will automatically scan and remove messages that go against its code of conduct.  —  After introducing mini-games …
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Financial Times:
The EU reaches a long-awaited deal on rules that could let 28M gig workers get social security and more, and plans to discuss the proposals with its parliament  —  Member states agree to rules that could give employment benefits to Uber drivers and food delivery riders

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