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July 26, 2023, 12:00 PM

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Ivan Mehta / TechCrunch:
Twitter changes its handle from @twitter to @X, Twitter Blue to @XBlue, @TwitterSupport to @Support, and more; the previous @X owner now uses @x12345678998765  —  Twitter has changed its official handle to @X as part of the ongoing rebranding.  As a result, the original @Twitter handle is now inactive …
Wall Street Journal:
Emails: X offers discounts on new video ads in the US and UK and warns advertisers that they will lose verified status unless they reach spending thresholds  —  Social-media site X is offering hefty discounts to lure back ad dollars  —  X Corp. is cutting ad prices as it tries to woo brands back to the Elon Musk-owned platform.
George Hammond / Financial Times:
Anthropic, Google, Microsoft, and OpenAI launch the Frontier Model Forum, aiming to ensure “the safe and responsible development of frontier AI models”  —  Anthropic, Google, Microsoft and OpenAI team up to establish best practices but critics argue they want to avoid regulation
Gerrit De Vynck / Washington Post:
Allison Johnson / The Verge:
Samsung announces the Galaxy Z Flip5, offering a larger 3.4" cover screen, up from 1.9" on the Z Flip 4, a new hinge, 256GB storage, and more for the same $999  —  The Motorola Razr Plus' reign as the best flip phone might be short-lived.  —  The Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 5 is officially here …
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Microsoft starts rolling out a new Xbox Home UI, offering more space for backgrounds and quick access to store, search, and settings, after 10 months of testing  —  Microsoft first started testing a new Xbox Home UI nearly a year ago, and the company is now ready to deliver it to all Xbox owners.
Electronic Frontier Foundation:
The FBI's seizure of Mastodon server Kolektiva.social in May, part of a raid over unrelated charges, should serve as a wakeup call to fediverse users and hosts  —  We're in an exciting time for users who want to take back control from major platforms like Twitter and Facebook.
Alphabet - Investor Relations:
Alphabet reports Q2 revenue up 7% YoY to $74.6B, net income of $18.37B, up from $16B YoY, and Google Cloud revenue of $8.03B, up from $6.28B YoY; GOOG jumps 6%+  —  Announces Plans for Chief Financial Officer Transition and Appointment of President and Chief Investment Officer , Calif. …
Sam Rutherford / Engadget:
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold5 hands-on: essentially the same displays and some nice upgrades, but Samsung seems to be wasting its advantage and $1,800 is ludicrous  —  Even with a new hinge, a brighter display and improved multitasking, the Z Fold's rivals are catching up.
Ben Schoon / 9to5Google:
Ben Tarnoff / The Guardian:
A profile of Joseph Weizenbaum, who created the first chatbot in 1966 but turned against AI, believing the computer revolution constricted our humanity  —  Computer scientist Joseph Weizenbaum was there at the dawn of artificial intelligence - but he was also adamant that we must never confuse computers with humans
Victoria Song / The Verge:
Samsung announces the $300+ Galaxy Watch6 and $400+ Galaxy Watch6 Classic, powered by Wear OS 4, reviving the Classic's rotating bezel, and more  —  The Classic's rotating bezel is back — and the display bezels are a lot thinner all around.  Oh, and here comes Wear OS 4.
Lauren Tara LaCapra / The Information:
Former employees detail how the Apple Card partnership between Apple and Goldman Sachs soured; a source says Apple Card had ~10M users as of earlier this year  —  Apple and Goldman Sachs were in test runs before embarking publicly on one of the biggest-name partnerships ever between tech and finance.
Microsoft - Investor Relations:
Microsoft reports Q4 net income up 20% YoY to $20.1B, revenue up 8% YoY to $56.2B, Office Commercial up 12% YoY, Dynamics 365 up 26% YoY, and LinkedIn up 5% YoY  —  , as compared to the corresponding period of last fiscal year:  · Revenue was $56.2 billion and increased 8% (up 10% in constant currency)
Dan Seifert / The Verge:
Samsung unveils the $800+ Galaxy Tab S9, $1,000+ S9 Plus, $1,200+ and S9 Ultra, offering a similar design, new CPUs, and new OLED displays, shipping August 11  —  Samsung has announced its latest high-end Android tablets: the new Galaxy Tab S9, S9 Plus, and S9 Ultra.

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