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July 27, 2023, 10:20 AM

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Meta Investor Relations:
Meta reports Q2 revenue up 11% YoY to $32B, net income up 16% YoY to $7.79B, and family daily active people up 7% YoY to 3.07B for June 2023; META jumps 10%+  —  Meta Platforms, Inc. (Nasdaq: META) today reported financial results for the quarter ended June 30, 2023.  —  “We had a good quarter.
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Steve Moser / MacRumors:
iOS 17 beta 4 code hints at a rumored Action button, offering quick access to Shortcuts, Silent Mode, Camera, and more, similar to the Watch Ultra's button  —  Apple released the fourth beta of iOS 17 to developers yesterday, and among the changes in the latest beta are some new code snippets …
Kim Mackrael / Wall Street Journal:
The EU opens an antitrust investigation into whether Microsoft abuses its dominant position by bundling Teams with Office, the first investigation in 10+ years  —  Probe marks the first time in a decade that Microsoft has come under formal investigation by Brussels
@esthercrawford:
Ex-Twitter Director of Product Management Esther Crawford on the “culture of fear”, Elon Musk's strengths and weaknesses, the sleeping bag incident, and more  —  Like seemingly everyone on this app I have plenty of opinions about Twitter > X and figure now is a good time to open up a bit about my experience at the company. I tweeted for years into the void for the love of it like many of you, but after selling my startup to Twitter in... [video]
Financial Times:
Sources: Linda Yaccarino pitched her vision for Twitter/X to talent agencies in LA and met with Disney, in a bid to bring stars and influencers to the platform  —  Social media app's new chief meets with agents at leading talent agencies amid controversy over rebranding to ‘X’
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Reuters:
Source: about 10 years ago, Tesla rigged the dashboard to overstate battery range; in 2022, Tesla created a “Diversion Team” to suppress thousands of complaints  —  About a decade ago, Tesla rigged the dashboard readouts in its electric cars to provide “rosy” …
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Nikhilesh De / CoinDesk:
The US DOJ informed a federal judge that Sam Bankman-Fried won't face the campaign finance charge, which wasn't part of an extradition document with The Bahamas  —  The Justice Department said late Wednesday that the campaign finance charge was not included in an extradition document with The Bahamas …
CNN:
New York Times:
Lindsey Graham and Elizabeth Warren announce the Digital Consumer Protection Commission Act, seeking an independent regulator to license and police Big Tech  —  Mr. Graham, a Republican, is the senior senator from South Carolina.  Ms. Warren, a Democrat, is the senior senator from Massachusetts.
David Pierce / The Verge:
A postmortem of Neeva, which tried to build a faster, simpler, and ad-free search engine, and how default search engine choices reinforce Google's dominance  —  A couple of ex-Googlers set out to create the search engine of the future.  They built something faster, simpler, and ad-free.
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Sheila Chiang / CNBC:
Samsung reports Q2 revenue down 22% YoY to ~$47.21B, below analyst expectations of ~$47.7B, and operating profit down 95% YoY to ~$525M due to weak phone demand  —  - Samsung is the world's largest maker of dynamic random-access memory chips, which are found in consumer devices such as smartphones and computers.
David Welch / Bloomberg:
Waymo plans to slow the development of autonomous trucking as the company moves its focus and investment to ride-hailing  —  Waymo, the self-driving unit owned by Alphabet Inc., is slowing the development of autonomous trucking that's being done by its Via subsidiary.
Dina Bass / Bloomberg:
Bloomberg:
The SEC approves new rules to require publicly traded companies to file details of a cyberattack within four days of identifying a material impact from the hack  —  - Delay possible if public safety or national security at risk  — Some business groups argued that deadline was too short
Washington Post:
How Russia's invasion led Ukraine to innovate in combat drones, including improving speed, flight range, and payload, and the implications for warfare globally  —  The advent of AI-enabled drones holds huge promise for Ukraine's military but may also be exploited by nefarious non-state actors
Kyle Wiggers / TechCrunch:
Israeli startup Trustmi, which offers payments fraud prevention tools, raised a $17M Series A led by Cyberstarts, taking its total funding to $21M  —  Shai Gabay and Eli Ben-Nun, two entrepreneurs based in Israel, met in 2018 while working at Cynet, a cybersecurity startup developing extended detection and response tools.
Cade Metz / New York Times:
Researchers: the guardrails on ChatGPT, Bard, and Claude can be bypassed by adding a long suffix of characters to prompts, generating false and toxic responses  —  A new report indicates that the guardrails for widely used chatbots can be thwarted, leading to an increasingly unpredictable environment for the technology.

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