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July 17, 2023, 9:30 AM

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Tom Warren / The Verge:
Sony and Microsoft sign a 10-year Call of Duty on PlayStation deal; in 2022, Microsoft offered to keep “existing Activision console titles on Sony” through 2027  —  Sony has agreed to a 10-year deal for Call of Duty with Microsoft to keep the franchise on PlayStation after the proposed Activision Blizzard acquisition.
Mark Gurman / Bloomberg:
Sources: Apple renamed Mike Rockwell's division to Vision Products Group, hinting at an organizational change; Apple may hold an October 2023 event for M3 Macs  —  Apple's new Vision Products Group reflects a shift away from its famed product-development process.
Yogita Khatri / The Block:
Binance completes integration of the Bitcoin Lightning Network, enabling faster and cheaper bitcoin transactions, after setting up Lightning nodes in June  —  - Binance has completed the integration of the Bitcoin Lightning Network.  — The news means Binance users can now deposit and withdraw bitcoin via the Layer 2 network.
Benj Edwards / Ars Technica:
Experts explain why there's no magic formula to always distinguish human-written and AI-written text, meaning AI writing detectors can only make a strong guess  —  Can AI writing detectors be trusted?  We dig into the theory behind them.  —  If you feed America's most important legal document …
Clothilde Goujard / Politico:
The Norwegian Data Protection Authority orders Meta to stop showing users personalized ads for three months starting August 4 or face a daily fine of €89,500  —  Meta's social media platforms will be barred from behavioral advertising in August.  —  3 MINUTES READ
Financial Times:
Millions of sensitive emails have been missent to Mali's .ML domain due to people mistyping the US military's .MIL domain; .ML control reverts to Mali July 17  —  Common spelling error has misdirected sensitive Pentagon messages to a company running Mali's internet domain
Bloomberg:
Antenna: June 2023 was Netflix's best US growth month in years, with a gross ~3.5M signups, 100%+ above its recent averages, amid its password sharing crackdown  —  Netflix just had its best month in years and Disney is looking to sell its TV assets.  What does that mean for the future of Hollywood?
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Microsoft plans to sunset Games with Gold on September 1 and to replace Xbox Live Gold with Xbox Game Pass Core, which includes 25+ games, on September 14  —  Microsoft is launching a new Xbox Game Pass Core subscription to replace Xbox Live Gold.  This new Game Pass Core offering will include …
Anastasia Stognei / Financial Times:
Russia bans officials and state employees from using Apple devices for “work purposes”, after the FSB said Apple helped the NSA hack Russian diplomats' iPhones  —  FSB enforces crackdown on use by state officials after claiming it uncovered an espionage operation using Apple devices

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