August 1, 2023, 8:55 PM

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Bryan Pietsch / Washington Post:
X sues the Center for Countering Digital Hate, alleging CCDH researchers violated Twitter's terms of service and the CFAA while studying hate speech on the site  —  X, the company formerly known as Twitter, sued a research group that had investigated hate speech on the social media platform …
Carly Page / TechCrunch:
Halcyon: Cloudzy, a Wyoming-registered web hosting company likely operating out of Tehran, is acting as a command-and-control provider for state-backed hackers  —  A little-known cloud company provided web hosting and internet services to more than two dozen different state-sponsored hacking groups …
Chavi Mehta / Reuters:
Meta begins the process to end news access on Facebook and Instagram in Canada, in response to a law forcing some companies to negotiate deals to pay publishers  —  Meta Platforms (META.O) said on Tuesday it has begun the process to end access to news on Facebook and Instagram for all users in Canada.
Annie Palmer / CNBC:
Amazon expands its Amazon Clinic virtual health service to 50 US states and DC, available via video or texting; regulations limit the SMS feature to 34 states  —  - Amazon is expanding its virtual clinic service nationwide.  — The company launched Amazon Clinic last November …
Financial Times:
Source: Meta plans to release AI chatbots with personalities, which staff call “personas”, like Abraham Lincoln, as soon as September 2023, to boost engagement  —  Facebook owner seeks to seize on hype for AI while challenging rivals such as OpenAI, Snap and TikTok
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Adobe, Apple, Autodesk, Nvidia, Pixar, and the Linux Foundation form the Alliance for OpenUSD, to standardize Pixar's Universal Scene Description graphics tech  —  Five major companies in the 3D content industry — Adobe, Apple, Autodesk, Nvidia and Pixar — have come together to form the Alliance for OpenUSD (AOUSD).
Preetika Rana / Wall Street Journal:
Uber reports Q2 revenue up 14% YoY to $9.23B, gross bookings up 16% YoY to $33.6B, and a $394M net income, its first operating profit, vs. a $2.6B net loss YoY  —  Ride-hailing and delivery businesses grew in the second quarter, though freight shrank  —  Uber Technologies posted …
Steven Levy / Wired:
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
In a challenge to TikTok, YouTube releases new Shorts creation tools for remixing, adding effects, going live, as well as an interactive Q&A sticker, and more  —  As competition with TikTok and Instagram Reels heats up, YouTube today announced an expanded suite of creation tools …
Kif Leswing / CNBC:
AMD reports Q2 revenue down 18% YoY to $5.36B, net income down 94% YoY to $27M, Client revenue down 54% YoY to $998M, and Data Center revenue down 11% to $1.3B  —  - AMD said revenue for the second quarter fell 18% from a year earlier, but results still topped analysts' estimates
Sam Schechner / Wall Street Journal:
Under pressure from EU regulators, Meta offers to seek user consent in the EU for targeted ads based on users' activity, sources say as soon as October 2023  —  Under pressure from regulators, the Facebook and Instagram owner proposes asking users to opt in before targeting ads with their digital activity
After Curve disclosed a hack, CRV fell ~25% in three days, prompting fears of wider crypto market turbulence; DefiLlama: crypto using Curve fell 50%+ to $1.7B  —  - Curve's native CRV coin posted three-day, 25% slump after hack  — Drop raised concerns about wider fallout from platform's woes
Kyle Wiggers / TechCrunch:
Socket, which sells a scanning tool for detecting vulnerabilities in open-source code, raised a $20M Series A led by a16z, taking its total funding to $24.6M  —  Socket, a startup that provides a scanning tool to detect security vulnerabilities in open source code, today announced …
Match Group reports Q2 revenue up 4% YoY to $830M, vs. $811M est., payers down 5% YoY to 15.6M, and forecasts Q3 revenue above estimates; MTCH jumps 11%+  —  Match Group (MTCH.O) forecast revenue for the third quarter above Wall Street estimates on Tuesday, as the Tinder parent expects stronger marketing …
Rita Liao / TechCrunch:
Apple removes many generative AI apps from its China App Store, supposedly over 100, ahead of China's new generative AI rules set to take effect on August 15  —  Multiple generative AI apps have been removed from Apple's China App Store, two weeks ahead of the country's new generative AI regulations …
Annie Palmer / CNBC:
How illicit data brokers on Telegram, WeChat, WhatsApp, and Facebook peddle internal Amazon market data and services like attacking rivals' product listings  —  - Amazon internal information is finding its way onto messaging apps like Telegram, where brokers are selling data to third-party sellers.
Christian Davies / Financial Times:
A look at South Korea's position in the tech “cold war”, as the country pivots away from China's economy and prepares to comply with the US-led China chip ban  —  Washington is courting chipmakers and battery manufacturers with large subsidies but demanding they loosen ties with their other major market
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