July 19, 2023, 8:00 AM

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Todd Haselton / CNBC:
Microsoft's stock closed up 4% at $359.49 on July 18, an all-time high, after announcing pricing for Microsoft 365 Copilot service; MSFT is up ~50% in 2023  —  - Microsoft shares rallied to an all-time high after the company announced pricing for its new Microsoft 365 artificial intelligence subscription service.
Will Shanklin / Engadget:
Microsoft announces Copilot for Microsoft 365 will cost $30 per user per month for business accounts, and debuts Bing Chat Enterprise, offering improved privacy  —  A version of Bing Chat with corporate-level privacy is also rolling out in preview.  —  At the Microsoft Inspire partner event today …
Jennifer Elias / CNBC:
Sources: Google is internally piloting an opt-in program where some employees will be restricted to internet-free PCs to reduce the risk of cyberattacks  —  - Google is enlisting employees for a pilot program to work without internet access.  — The search giant, which is undergoing …
Meta releases Llama 2, its open-source LLM with double the context length, for free for research and commercial use, and expands its Microsoft partnership  —  Recent breakthroughs in AI, and generative AI in particular, have captured the public's imagination and demonstrated what those developing …
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Devin Coldewey / TechCrunch:
Over 8,500 authors sign an Authors Guild letter asking AI leaders to get consent and fairly compensate writers when using copyrighted material for generative AI  —  If you ask GPT-4 to do a passage in the style of Carmen Machado or Margaret Atwood or Alexander Chee, it will do a fair job at it …
Sean Hollister / The Verge:
Hands-on with Framework Laptop 16, a modular gaming laptop that lets you replace and upgrade the whole GPU, for pre-order starting at $1,399 for the DIY edition  —  Four layers of modular components — including a swappable discrete GPU — right at your fingertips.
Kashmir Hill / New York Times:
Dan Goodin / Ars Technica:
Rapid7: threat actors have exploited zero-day RCE flaws in Adobe ColdFusion and Citrix NetScaler; Citrix patched its flaw but Adobe issued an incomplete fix  —  The exploited code-execution flaws are the kind coveted by ransomware and nation-state hackers.  —  Organizations big and small …
Sources: Vox Media plans to stop using Chorus, its CMS that the company licensed to external publishers from 2018 to 2022, and move its websites to WordPress  —  Vox Media, the parent company to websites such as New York Magazine, Eater and SB Nation, will no longer use Chorus …
The Verge:
Logitech acquires Helsinki-based Loupedeck, which makes editing consoles and software for streamers and creative professionals, for an undisclosed sum  —  Logitech has acquired Loupedeck — the company behind the self-titled editing console beloved by streamers and creative professionals …
Brian Fung / CNN:
The FTC and the DOJ release draft changes to US merger review guidelines, introducing potentially comprehensive changes for the first time in more than a decade  —  The Justice Department and the Federal Trade Commission on Wednesday released a set of long-anticipated draft updates …
Jay Peters / The Verge:
Roblox announces tools that will let developers offer subscriptions and to sell real-world goods within their experiences, but doesn't offer a release timeline  —  Roblox is developing tools that will let developers offer subscriptions within their experiences, according to a blog post published Tuesday …
Gene Park / Washington Post:
A look at “non-playable character” TikTok creators, like Pinkydoll, who livestream themselves doing robotic and repetitive actions for digital tips  —  On TikTok, a woman named Pinkydoll with a thousand-yard stare faces you, undulating just enough to let you know she's alive.
Natasha Mascarenhas / The Information:
Sources: Cameo tells staff it is laying off 80+ workers because of financial pressures, leaving fewer than 50, down nearly 90% from its peak headcount last year  —  Cameo, the video shoutout app that gained in popularity during the pandemic shutdowns, told employees on Tuesday that it was laying off …
Jon Gertner / New York Times:
A look at the Wikipedia community's debates about AI, including AI's threats and potential benefits, knowledge creation, truthfulness, and legal concerns  —  Can the online encyclopedia help teach A.I. chatbots to get their facts right — without destroying itself in the process?

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