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July 16, 2023, 7:50 PM

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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.
Jahnavi Nidumolu / Reuters:
Elon Musk says a ~50% ad revenue drop and a heavy debt load kept Twitter cash flow negative; he said in March 2023 the company could be cash flow positive in Q2  —  Elon Musk said Twitter's cash flow remains negative because of a nearly 50% drop in advertising revenue and a heavy debt load.
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
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 …
Amaka Nwaokocha / Cointelegraph:
The US SEC acknowledges BlackRock's and Bitwise's spot bitcoin ETF applications, indicating the commencement of the official review process for the proposals  —  The SEC's acknowledgment indicates the commencement of the official review process for BlackRock's ETF proposal.  —  2279 Total views
Alex Ivanovs / Stack Diary:
Brave appears to be selling copyrighted data for AI training and giving third parties the “rights” to that data, while not disclosing its own robot crawler  —  And even though there are some concerns about the type of data that was used [...]  —  I'm fairly certain …
Igor Bonifacic / Engadget:
Bluesky adds the N-word to a “reserved” words list, after users reported that some usernames include the slur, highlighting the site's ongoing moderation issues  —  The oversight highlighted an ongoing moderation issue at the platform.  —  Before this week, Bluesky …
Financial Times:
Sources: US consulting firms like McKinsey and BCG split their IT systems to decouple China data, as Beijing expands anti-espionage rules and data regulation  —  Beijing's move to expand anti-espionage rules and data regulation has companies racing to hive off systems
Brendan Pierson / Reuters:
A US appeals court temporarily blocks a lower July 6 court order sharply limiting US government officials' and agencies' contacts with social media companies  —  A U.S. appeals court on Friday temporarily blocked a lower court order that had sharply limited certain Biden administration officials …

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