July 21, 2023, 9:50 PM

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Makena Kelly / The Verge:
OpenAI, Microsoft, Meta, Google, Amazon, Anthropic, and Inflection make voluntary AI promises to the White House, like cybersecurity investment and watermarking  —  The White House is bringing in AI's top seven companies Friday to make a series of voluntary promises to protect users.
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Jonathan Greig / The Record:
A report says the Microsoft key that Chinese hackers stole could have given them more access than originally assumed; Microsoft disputes the report  —  Microsoft is disputing a new report that claims hackers may have had access to more parts of victims' systems than previously known in a campaign …
Abner Li / 9to5Google:
Google plans to adopt the Message Layer Security protocol for its Messages app; MLS allows interoperable E2E encrypted messaging across services and platforms  —  Google today announced its support for interoperable end-to-end encrypted communication between large messaging platforms …
Lindsey Choo / Wall Street Journal:
Sensor Tower: Threads' DAUs declined to 13M, down 70% from the July 7 peak; Similarweb: the average time spent in the app has decreased from 19 minutes to four  —  Data show user engagement has fallen 70% as executives focus on options such as a chronological feed
Anne Steele / Wall Street Journal:
Rich Stanton / PC Gamer:
Troy Hunt: the sensitive info of almost 4,000 Roblox Developer Conference attendees from 2017 to 2020 was leaked in 2021; Roblox disclosed the leak this week  —  This may cost the company a few Robux.  —  The major gaming platform Roblox has suffered a major data breach …
Jay Peters / The Verge:
Reddit removes three moderators and takes charge of r/malefashionadvice, one of the biggest subreddits to close in protest of the platform's API pricing changes  —  Reddit is now in charge of r/malefashionadvice, which for a time was the biggest subreddit still closed in protest of the platform's API pricing changes.
Julie Coleman / CNBC:
Digital World Acquisition Corp., which is seeking to take Truth Social public via a SPAC merger, settles fraud charges with the US SEC for $18M; DWAC is up 50%+  —  - Shares of Digital World Acquisition Corp. soared more than 50% on Friday after the company reached an $18 million dollar fraud settlement with the SEC.
Luc Cohen / Reuters:
Court filing: Heather “Razzlekhan” Morgan and Ilya Lichtenstein reach a plea deal over allegedly laundering billions in cryptocurrency from Bitfinex's 2016 hack  —  An American couple accused of laundering billions of dollars worth of cryptocurrency stolen from the 2016 hacking …
Kevin Collier / NBC News:
NYC's MTA used AI-powered surveillance software at seven subway stations in May 2023 to track fare evaders, and plans to expand to ~12 more by the end of 2023  —  An MTA spokesperson said the software doesn't flag fare evaders to New York police but declined to comment on whether that policy could change.
Richard Lawler / The Verge:
OpenAI plans to release ChatGPT for Android next week, after launching an iOS app in May 2023  —  / OpenAI is releasing the Android version of the app for ChatGPT next week after launching on iOS in May. … Since launching in November, OpenAI's ChatGPT tool has reached a number of users …

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