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August 3, 2023, 11:55 AM

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Shubham Kalia / Reuters:
France's AFP sues X in Paris, saying the company refused to discuss potential content distribution payments under a 2019 law; Elon Musk calls the move “bizarre”  —  said on Wednesday it filed a lawsuit in Paris against Elon Musk's X social media platform, formerly known as Twitter …
Amanda Marcotte / Salon:
Some experts say trolls who built businesses and media careers on Twitter have had to escalate shock value tactics as the audience of “normal people” shrinks  —  Elon Musk's business model depends on “triggering” liberals — but he's now running out of progressives to bait
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Elon Musk says X will amend its creator payouts policy to take no cut until a payout exceeds $100K, and plans to talk to Tim Cook about lower App Store fees  —  Super Important to Support Creators! If you can afford it, please subscribe to as many creators on this platform as you find interesting. People from every corner of the world post incredible content on 𝕏, but often live in tough circumstances, where even a few hundred...
TechCrunch:
India restricts the import of laptops, tablets, PCs, and servers with immediate effect; analysts say the move seems designed to boost local tech manufacturing  —  India restricted import of laptops, tablets, other personal computers and servers with immediate effect on Thursday …
CyberScoop:
Amit Yoran, the CEO of cyber risk management company Tenable, says Microsoft partially fixed a critical Azure bug that would let hackers access sensitive data  —  Cybersecurity veteran Amit Yoran says Microsoft has a culture of toxic obfuscation when it comes to addressing security threats.
Arjun Kharpal / CNBC:
Nintendo reports Q1 revenue up 50% YoY to ~$2.9B and profit up 52% YoY to ~$1.3B, boosted by the Super Mario Bros. Movie and new Zelda; Switch sales hit 3.91M  —  - Nintendo reported revenue for the June quarter of 461.34 billion yen ($3.2 billion), rising 50% year-on-year.
Reuters:
Kenya's interior ministry suspended the local activities of Worldcoin while government agencies assess public safety risks; local media reports 350K+ signed up  —  - Worldcoin says it has measures safeguarding privacy  — Kenyan authorities say will investigate Worldcoin's authenticity
Wall Street Journal:
Internal document: Meta sold 300K Ray-Ban Stories smart glasses since the September 2021 launch through February 2023, but the device only had about 27K MAUs  —  Company plans second generation as less than 10% of devices purchased are used monthly  —  The Ray-Ban smart glasses launched …
Ryan Smith / AnandTech:
AMD announces the Radeon Pro W7600 for $599, $50 cheaper than its predecessor, and W7500 for $429, both based on the new Navi 33 GPU, available later in Q3  —  As AMD continues to launch their full graphics product stacks based on their latest RDNA 3 architecture GPUs, the company is now preparing …
Kyle Wiggers / TechCrunch:
Kickstarter plans to require creators to disclose the use of AI tools in their projects or if the projects intend to develop AI tech, starting on August 29  —  As generative AI enters the mainstream, crowdfunding platform Kickstarter has struggled to formulate a policy that satisfies parties on all sides of the debate.
Bloomberg:
Hong Kong grants its first crypto license under its new rules to HashKey Exchange, legalizing retail trading as officials seek to foster a global crypto hub  —  - Hong Kong is seeking to develop a digital-asset center  — City's pivot has received a guarded welcome from firms
New York Times:
How some people use “date-me docs”, online documents akin to newspaper personal ads, to look for more meaningful connections than those found in dating apps  —  Writers of the online text profiles, which can read like 1,000-word versions of the personal ads of yore …
Jacob Bogage / Washington Post:
The IRS says that, by 2025, taxpayers will be able to file every major tax form online, and all paper returns will be digitized  —  Major improvements to online tools could speed up refunds by four weeks for American who currently mail documents to the tax agency, officials said
Zeba Siddiqui / Reuters:
Microsoft researchers: Russia-linked hackers are behind “highly targeted” social engineering attacks affecting fewer than 40 global organizations since late May  —  A Russian government-linked hacking group took aim at dozens of global organizations with a campaign …
Mia Sato / The Verge:
Patreon temporarily disables Payoneer payments after some creators were unable to access their earnings and some subscriber payments are flagged as fraudulent  —  Two simultaneous issues with payments on Patreon are causing problems for both creators and fans.
Aisha Malik / TechCrunch:
Instagram launches a feature to protect users from unwanted images and videos in DMs: users are limited to one text-only request to those they don't follow  —  Instagram is launching a new feature that is designed to better protect users from unwanted images and videos in DMs, the company announced on Thursday.
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Benjamin Mayo / 9to5Mac:
Apple says Apple Card's savings account, which has had a 4.15% interest rate since its April 2023 launch with partner Goldman Sachs, has topped $10B in deposits  —  Apple today announced that its high-interest savings account for Apple Card has topped over $10 billion in deposits.

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