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July 30, 2023, 2:25 PM

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New York Times:
Starlink's near total control of satellite internet is raising global alarms; 4,500+ Starlink satellites are in orbit, accounting for 50%+ of active satellites  —  The tech billionaire has become the dominant power in satellite internet technology.  The ways he is wielding that influence are raising global alarms.
Kashmir Hill / New York Times:
A profile of Mike Masnick, who founded Techdirt in 1998, considered by lawmakers, CEOs, and activists as an essential guide for what's happening in tech  —  Mike Masnick, who founded Techdirt in 1998, writes for an influential audience of lawmakers, C.E.O.s and activists.
Washington Post:
Adam Mosseri and current and former employees recount how Threads came to life with a small team focused on shipping a bare-bones app on a breakneck schedule  —  A company in crisis went back to basics to deliver a viral hit.  But can Adam Mosseri's bare-bones Twitter clone reinvigorate an aging tech giant?
New York Times:
Sources: the Biden admin is looking for malware it believes China hid inside critical infrastructure, mainly aimed to disrupt the military if a conflict emerges  —  American intelligence officials believe the malware could give China the power to disrupt or slow American deployments or resupply operations …
Mark Gurman / Bloomberg:
A deep dive into Apple's plans for the new iPhones and Watches coming this fall, including iPhone 15 Pro with 1.5mm bezels, a step towards a borderless iPhone  —  Apple is just weeks away from introducing the iPhone 15 and next-generation watches.  The new lineup will mark another stepping stone toward …
Kevin Roose / New York Times:
Google launches RT-2 or Robotics Transformer 2, a “vision-language-action” model trained on text and images from the web that can output robotic actions  —  Our sneak peek into Google's new robotics model, RT-2, which melds artificial intelligence technology with robots.
Tate Ryan-Mosley / MIT Technology Review:
A look at C2PA, a standard that relies on cryptography to encode provenance information of media content, started by Adobe, Arm, Intel, Microsoft, and Truepic  —  An internet protocol called C2PA adds a “nutrition label” to images, video, and audio.  —  The White House wants big AI companies …
Allison Parshall / Quanta Magazine:
An interview with Yael Tauman Kalai, a Microsoft cryptographer who won the 2022 ACM Prize in Computing, on cryptography, “post-quantum” security, and more  —  Yael Tauman Kalai's breakthroughs secure the digital world, from cloud computing to our quantum future.
Rebecca Elliott / Wall Street Journal:
Twitter/X reinstates Kanye West's account, suspended in December 2022, and says he won't be eligible to monetize it, and ads won't appear next to his posts  —  West won't be eligible to monetize his account, and ads won't appear next to his posts  —  X, the social-media platform formerly known …
Ryan Tracy / Wall Street Journal:
Internal Meta emails: Facebook removed content about COVID-19 under pressure from the Biden administration, including posts claiming the virus was man-made  —  Internal Meta emails say pressure from Washington was behind a decision to take down posts attributing pandemic to man-made virus
BBC:
An investigation citing hundreds of Turkish people claims Android's earthquake warning system failed to send alerts for the 7.8-magnitude quake on February 6  —  Google's earthquake warning system failed to get to many Turkish residents before February's deadly tremor, a BBC Newsnight investigation has found.
Janko Roettgers / Lowpass:
Meta's metaverse VP Vishal Shah on a reboot of Horizon Worlds, starting with a Super Rumble game, a new mobile app, and a transition from VR only to VR first  —  Who's ready to rumble? … Earlier this week, I was hiding in a tree, dodging bullets, while frantically trying to score some last-second points in a free-for-all brawl.

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