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June 20, 2023, 1:35 PM

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Ashley Carman / Bloomberg:
Source: Spotify plans a more expensive “Supremium” tier with HiFi audio, audiobooks, and more, launching outside the US later in 2023; Premium costs $9.99/month  —  Spotify Technology SA is planning a more expensive subscription option that's expected to include high-fidelity audio …
Billy Perrigo / TIME:
Documents show OpenAI lobbied for parts of the EU's AI Act to be watered down, including successfully avoiding deeming general purpose AI systems as “high risk”  —  The CEO of OpenAI, Sam Altman, has spent the last month touring world capitals where, at talks to sold-out crowds …
John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
The Anti-Meta Fedi Pact, circulated on Mastodon, pledges to block Meta's planned ActivityPub service, a petty and insular move that would keep Mastodon small  —  The Anti-Meta Fedi Pact: … Yours truly, on Bluesky a month ago (which, ironically, is not yet open itself, so here's an open preview):
Jane Zhang / Bloomberg:
In a surprise shakeup, Alibaba names Eddie Wu as its CEO, replacing Daniel Zhang, effective September 10; Zhang will remain CEO of Alibaba Cloud  —  Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. is replacing eight-year veteran chief Daniel Zhang at the helm of a Chinese e-commerce leader bleeding market share …
Joe Rossignol / MacRumors:
Apple expands Self Service Repair to the iPhone 14 lineup, 13-inch M2 MacBook Air, and 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro with M2 Pro and Max, starting on June 21  —  Apple today announced that its self-service repair program will be expanding to the iPhone 14 lineup, 13-inch MacBook Air with the M2 chip …
Ivan Mehta / TechCrunch:
After Indian users complained about increasing spam, WhatsApp adds the ability to automatically silence calls from unknown numbers and a Privacy Checkup feature  —  WhatsApp has introduced a new feature to automatically silence calls from unknown numbers.  This comes after multiple customers in India …
Alexander Osipovich / Wall Street Journal:
Crypto exchange EDX Markets, backed by Citadel, Fidelity, and Charles Schwab, quietly began executing trades via its “noncustodial” service in recent weeks  —  EDX Markets won't directly handle customers' digital assets or directly serve individual investors
Mark Bergen / Bloomberg:
Twitter says CEO Linda Yaccarino and Elon Musk won't attend the Cannes Lions ad festival, despite the company's new “brand safety and suitability controls” push  —  Elon Musk and Twitter Inc.'s new Chief Executive Officer Linda Yaccarino won't be at the advertising industry's biggest annual event …
Frank Chaparro / The Block:
Binance begins running Bitcoin Lightning Network nodes, as part of its plan to use the service for deposits and withdrawals, in response to network congestion  —  - Binance confirmed Tuesday it has started the process of integrating the Lightning Network.  — They would join rivals Kraken …
New York Times:
In a legal campaign, GOP lawmakers accuse Wikimedia, Graphika, universities, and others of colluding with the government to suppress conservative speech online  —  A legal campaign against universities and think tanks seeks to undermine the fight against false claims about elections, vaccines and other hot political topics.
Sabrina Ortiz / ZDNet:
Vimeo announces AI tools, coming on July 17, to automate parts of the video creation process: a script generator, a teleprompter, and a text-based video editor  —  Have you ever had a great video idea that you just never got to because of how much work was involved?

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