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July 26, 2023, 3:50 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 …
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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:
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.
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 …
Cherlynn Low / Engadget:
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 wake-up 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.
Sergiu Gatlan / BleepingComputer:
The CISA warns US federal agencies to secure their systems against an Ivanti flaw that's been exploited as a zero-day to hack Norway's government systems  —  The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) warned U.S. federal agencies today to secure their systems …
Kif Leswing / CNBC:
The Overture Maps Foundation, formed by Meta, Microsoft, AWS, and TomTom, releases its first dataset with 59M “points of interest” donated by Meta and Microsoft  —  - A group formed by Meta, Microsoft, Amazon Web Services and TomTom is releasing data that could enable companies …
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:
Bloomberg:
New rules approved by the SEC require publicly traded companies to file details of a cyberattack within four days of identifying that it has a material impact  —  - Delay possible if public safety or national security at risk  — Some business groups argued that deadline was too short
The Guardian:
UNESCO calls for a global ban on smartphones in schools, saying intensive technology use negatively impacts student performance and increases disruption  —  Major UN report issues warning over excessive use, with one in six countries already banning the devices
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.

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