July 14, 2023, 12:00 AM

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Amanda Silberling / TechCrunch:
Twitter starts paying Twitter Blue creators who earned 5M+ impressions per month for three months a revenue cut from the ads beside the replies to their tweets  —  Twitter is now paying creators for a share of the ad revenue earned from ads served in the replies to their posts.
Tom Hals / Reuters:
A US judge says Ripple's XRP sales to sophisticated investors violated securities law but that sales on exchanges were not offers of securities; XRP jumps 70%+  —  U.S. District Judge Analisa Torres said Ripple Labs Inc's institutional sales of its XRP digital token violated federal law …
Aoyon Ashraf / CoinDesk:
After the court ruling, Coinbase, Kraken, and Bitstamp resume XRP trading on their US exchanges, while Gemini is exploring the listing of the token  —  U.S. federal court ruled on Thursday that sale of XRP tokens on exchanges and through algorithms did not constitute investment contracts.
The US arrests and charges former Celsius CEO Alex Mashinsky with six counts; the SEC, CFTC, and FTC sue Mashinsky and Celsius; Mashinsky pleads not guilty  —  - Three regulatory agencies also sued Mashinsky in New York  — Mashinsky pleads not guilty to all charges at hearing
Andrew Webster / The Verge:
SAG-AFTRA: AMPTP's AI proposal lets studios scan a background actor to create a digital likeness, for a day's pay, for perpetual use without consent or pay  —  During today's press conference in which Hollywood actors confirmed that they were going on strike, Duncan Crabtree-Ireland …
Jordan Novet / CNBC:
Microsoft names Aptos as the next default font for its Microsoft 365 productivity apps, replacing Calibri; Aptos was available for two years as Bierstadt  —  - After considering user feedback on five options, Microsoft has picked the next default font for its productivity apps like Word and Outlook.
Bloomberg Law:
A US district judge denies the FTC's motion to stay Microsoft's Activision Blizzard acquisition; the FTC is still seeking emergency action by the 9th Circuit  —  The US Federal Trade Commission lost its request for a California judge to temporarily block Microsoft Corp. from closing …
Cat Zakrzewski / Washington Post:
Doc: the FTC sends OpenAI a demand for records about addressing risks tied to its AI models and a March 2023 security incident over payment-related information  —  The agency's demand for OpenAI's documents marks the company's greatest U.S. regulatory threat to date
Adobe: US shoppers spent $12.7B on Amazon's 48-hour Prime Day, up 6.1% YoY but below estimates of 9.5% growth; an increasing customer share used BNPL services  —  US shoppers spent $12.7 billion online during Inc.'s 48-hour Prime Day, up 6.1% from a year ago but short of estimates for 9.5% growth, according to Adobe Inc.
Sam Schechner / Wall Street Journal:
Google updates Bard with 43 more languages, from Arabic to Vietnamese, and privacy features requested by EU regulators, and debuts the tool in Europe and Brazil  —  Latest version to also include a privacy hub for all users  —  Google is betting a new version of its artificial-intelligence chatbot …
Jon Porter / The Verge:
Honor unveils Magic V2, a foldable phone measuring 9.9mm thick when folded and weighing 231g, is thinner and lighter than the Galaxy Z Fold 4 and the Pixel Fold  —  If there's one thing Honor wants you to know about its new Magic V2, it's how thin and light it is.
Sara Fischer / Axios:
The AP and OpenAI sign a two-year deal; the AP gets access to OpenAI's tech in return for licensing some of its text archive dating back to 1985 for AI training  —  The Associated Press on Thursday said it reached a two-year deal with OpenAI, the parent company to ChatGPT, to share access to select news content and technology.
Sapna Maheshwari / New York Times:
The Knight First Amendment Institute at Columbia University files a lawsuit challenging Texas' TikTok ban on state devices, for limiting research and teaching  —  A lawsuit filed on Thursday says Gov. Greg Abbott's ban is compromising research and teaching at public universities.
Mark Bergen / Bloomberg:
A Stability AI co-founder sues the startup over being duped into selling his 15% stake for $100 to CEO Emad Mostaque months before Stability hit a $1B valuation  —  A Stability AI Ltd. co-founder has sued the company, claiming he was tricked into selling his stake for $100 months …
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Leah Nylen / Bloomberg:
At a congressional hearing, FTC Chair Lina Khan defended herself against GOP attacks over her alleged ethics violation and aggressive antitrust enforcement  —  Federal Trade Commission Chair Lina Khan fended off Republican attacks over her adherence to ethics laws and aggressive antitrust enforcement …
China unveils the final version of its generative AI guidelines, which omits some restrictions present in its April draft, signaling a more flexible regulation  —  China has loosened some of the guardrails it proposed for ChatGPT-style services months ago, as it acknowledges the need to compete …
Juli Clover / MacRumors:
Apple updates the macOS Sonoma beta to bring iCloud Keychain passwords to Chrome, Edge, and other Chromium-based browsers via an iCloud Passwords extension  —  The macOS Sonoma update that is in testing allows Mac owners who opt to use Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge, or another browser …
Rachel Metz / 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 announced a new AI company today, xAI. all the team members listed on the website appear to be men.

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