August 15, 2023, 1:40 PM

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Andrew Paul / Popular Science:
To comply with a state law requiring that school library books be “age appropriate”, an Iowa school district used ChatGPT to find books depicting “a sex act”  —  Faced with new legislation, Iowa's Mason City Community School District asked ChatGPT if certain books 'contain …
Ash Parrish / The Verge:
Xbox debuts a strike-based enforcement program, aiming to improve “player transparency” and simplify rules; eight strikes over six months gets a one-year ban  —  Today, a new strike-based enforcement program is coming to Xbox.  The system is meant to clear up confusion regarding …
Rick Porter / The Hollywood Reporter:
Nielsen: in July, linear TV made up less than 50% of all US TV usage, a first in over two years of tracking, and streaming hit a record 38.7% high of TV usage  —  Nielsen's monthly platform rankings show broadcast and cable making up less than half of all TV use.
Wall Street Journal:
Analysis: the average price of major ad-free streaming services is up nearly 25% in about a year, as companies try to push users toward ad-supported tiers  —  Price push by Disney, others is part of effort to trim losses, steer users toward more-lucrative ad-supported plans  —  Call it streamflation.
Jon Porter / The Verge:
YouTube starts mass removing videos promoting “cancer treatments proven to be harmful or ineffective” or discouraging “seeking professional medical treatment”  —  YouTube will remove content that promotes “cancer treatments proven to be harmful or ineffective” or which …
Sara Fischer / Axios:
Email: X no longer lets advertisers promote accounts within the platform's timeline to gain followers; a source says Follower Objective ads made $100M+ annually  —  X, the company formerly known as Twitter, will no longer allow advertisers to promote their accounts within the platform's timeline …
Timmy Shen / The Block:
Filing: BAM Trading, which runs Binance.US, seeks a protective order limiting the US SEC to four depositions and accusing the agency of “a fishing expedition”  —  - BAM Trading, the company behind Binance.US, filed a motion on Monday to seek a protective order against the SEC.
Malcolm Owen / AppleInsider:
Setapp, known for its Mac and iOS app subscription service, plans to open an alternative iOS and iPadOS app store in 2024 in the EU, taking advantage of the DMA  —  Setapp is planning to launch its own alternative App Store in the EU in 2024, taking advantage of law changes …
Jess Weatherbed / The Verge:
Comcast launches the Xfinity Storm-Ready WiFi, a cellular backup internet device to weather storms and power outages, for $252, or $7 per month for 36 months  —  Comcast is launching a new cellular-equipped backup internet device that's designed to keep customers connected during storms and localized outages.
Luc Cohen / Reuters:
In an amended indictment, the US DOJ alleges SBF used money he stole from FTX customers to make $100M+ in political campaign donations before the 2022 midterms  —  Sam Bankman-Fried used money he stole from customers of his FTX cryptocurrency exchange to make more than $100 million …
Patrick Wingrove / Reuters:
Amazon says Amazon Pharmacy plans to automatically apply manufacturers' coupons to 15+ insulin and diabetes medicines, lowering the cost to as low as $35/month  — (AMZN.O) said on Tuesday its online pharmacy will automatically apply manufacturer-sponsored coupons to more than 15 insulin …

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