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July 12, 2023, 2:20 PM

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Colin Lecher / The Markup:
A congressional report led by Senator Elizabeth Warren finds popular tax filing tools “recklessly” sent data including income to Meta and Google for years  —  The investigation was opened in response to work published last year by The Markup  —  Meta and major tax preparation …
Reuters:
The UK CMA says it will not accept new remedies from Microsoft over Activision but would consider a restructured deal, which may require a fresh investigation  —  Britain's competition regulator said on Wednesday that a new restructured Microsoft-Activision deal could require a fresh merger investigation.
Cecilia Kang / New York Times:
Mike Scarcella / Reuters:
New York Times:
Microsoft says Chinese hackers gained access to US government email accounts and had access to some accounts for a month before the breach was detected  —  The hack, by a Chinese group that the company said was intent on conducting espionage, went undetected for a month.  —  Reporting from Washington
Tom Giles / Bloomberg:
Elon Musk forms xAI, a startup he will lead to “understand the true nature of the universe”; the staff has worked at Google, Microsoft, Tesla, OpenAI, and more  —  Elon Musk, who has hinted for months that he wants to build an alternative to the popular ChatGPT artificial intelligence chatbot …
Ben Thompson / Stratechery:
Twitter's best defense against Threads may be to refocus on news and reactions from people you follow, leaving growth via algorithmic feeds to Threads  —  If you're only going to tweet once every 11 years, then you better make it count; the best way to do just that is to pull off a well-executed meme:
Richard MacManus / The New Stack:
A look at Meta's plan to adopt ActivityPub for Threads, what makes ActivityPub attractive, and the technical challenges and social pressure Meta will face  —  From a developer point of view, the fact that Meta's Threads app has quickly gone over 100 million sign-ups isn't the most interesting part of this latest Twitter clone.
Mike Isaac / New York Times:
Andrew Deck / Rest of World:
A look at the global freelancer labor force on sites like 99designs, some of whom are early generative AI adopters and are most at risk of being replaced by AI  —  The global labor force of outsourced and contract workers are early adopters of generative AI — and the most at risk.  —  R
Jay Peters / The Verge:
Meta says Roblox will be coming to Meta's Quest VR headsets starting with an open beta on App Lab “in the coming weeks”  —  / It's launching in open beta in the ‘coming weeks.’  —  Roblox will be coming to Meta's Quest VR headsets starting with an open beta that will be available in the …
Jack Schickler / CoinDesk:
The European Securities and Markets Authority issues detailed proposals on crypto companies under the EU's MiCA law; more are expected in October and early 2024  —  Consultations cover authorization and conflict-of-interest rules for crypto companies under the landmark digital assets regulation
Catherine Thorbecke / CNN:
A California law firm launches a class-action suit against Google, alleging user data scraping without consent for AI training, after a similar OpenAI suit  —  Google was hit with a wide-ranging lawsuit on Tuesday alleging the tech giant scraped data from millions of users without their consent …
David Kirton / Reuters:
Research: Huawei is plotting a return to the 5G smartphone market by the end of 2023 using its own 14nm+ chip design tools and SMIC's 7nm chipmaking process  —  - US-sanctioned giant likely to produce 5G chips domestically  — Chips expected to use Huawei EDA tools and SMIC production
Chainalysis:
A mid-2023 crypto crime update: inflows to illicit entities drop 65% YoY, scammers net ~$3.3B less than H1 2022, and ransomware took $175.8M more than H1 2022  —  2023 so far has been a year of recovery for cryptocurrency after a chaotic 2022, with prices of digital assets like Bitcoin up over 80% on the year as of June 30.
Jennifer Elias / CNBC:
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:
Linux distribution company SUSE plans to create a hard fork of Red Hat Enterprise Linux, investing $10M into the project over the coming years  —  A storm is brewing in open-source land that could change the Linux distro landscape  —  Today, SUSE announced that it is creating a hard fork …
Noam Cohen / Bloomberg:
A look at Wikipedia in Russia, where the service remains popular after the Ukraine invasion, and the Kremlin-compliant rival Ruwiki from a long-serving editor  —  When a group of armed mercenaries seized a Russian regional capital and began marching toward Moscow in late June, verified information was hard to come by.
Heather Haddon / Wall Street Journal:
Domino's Pizza partners with Uber Eats in the US, the UK, Canada, and 25 other markets, reversing its long-held stance against working with food delivery apps  —  Pizza chain hopes to generate $1 billion in sales after losing business to apps  —  Domino's Pizza, hungry to claw back pizza sales …
Foo Yun Chee / Reuters:
The EU approves Broadcom's $61B VMware acquisition, provided Broadcom adheres to its access and interoperability commitments; UK and US approvals are pending  —  U.S. chipmaker Broadcom (AVGO.O) secured EU antitrust approval on Wednesday for its $61 billion proposed acquisition of cloud computing firm VMware …

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