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August 18, 2023, 4:05 PM

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Todd Spangler / Variety:
Elon Musk claims “block is going to be deleted as a ‘feature’, except for DMs”, without giving any details, in a reply to a user's X post about block vs. mute  —  “Block is going to be deleted as a ‘feature’, except for DMs,” the tech mogul posted on X Friday.  “Makes no sense.”
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David Jeans / Forbes:
Credit card processor Checkout.com cuts its Binance contract short over regulatory “actions and orders in relevant jurisdictions” and money laundering concerns  —  Checkout.com, the London-based credit card processing company that ballooned its business model by servicing billions …
Zeke Faux / Bloomberg:
An excerpt from the book Number Go Up traces “wrong number” texts to Chinese gangs in Cambodia and Myanmar using forced labor to run pig butchering Tether scams  —  The mysterious WhatsApp message arrived one night in August 2022, while I was out at a bar with a friend: “Hi David, I'm Vicky Ho don't you remember me?”
Bloomberg:
Email: Amazon offers some creators up to $12,500 for 500 videos, or $25 per video, for its TikTok-like shopping feed; creators typically charge $200+ per video  —  - Content creators typically charge more than $200 a pop  —  Amazon.com Inc., looking to amp up its TikTok-like shopping feed …
Jay Peters / The Verge:
Meta updates Threads with a Repost tab on users' profile pages and adds reposts to the reverse-chronological Following feed  —  Threads is adding reposts (aka retweets) to its reverse-chronological “Following” feed, Instagram head Adam Mosseri announced in a Threads post on Thursday.
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Simon Sharwood / The Register:
Private equity firm EQT plans to take German software company SUSE private at €16/share, below its 2021 IPO's €30 price but above August 17's €9.6 closing price  —  Buyout offer is at €16 per share, compared to €30 at its 2021 IPO  —  Linux-loving software house SUSE …
Zeba Siddiqui / Reuters:
Mandiant: the use of AI-generated images and video in politically motivated online influence campaigns has grown in recent years but overall use remains limited  —  Google-owned U.S. cybersecurity firm Mandiant said on Thursday it had seen increasing use of artificial intelligence (AI) …
Taylor Hatmaker / TechCrunch:
Twitch plans to roll out a long-requested anti-harassment feature within weeks that automatically blocks a streamer's banned users from watching their streams  —  Twitch's chat ban tools have been around for ages, but the platform is about to hand streamers a way to control who can watch a stream to begin with.
Pete Evans / CBC News:
Evacuees from the wildfires threatening Yellowknife say that Meta's news fight with Canada's government makes it harder for them to share lifesaving information  —  Meta notes government sources not blocked as northerners duck ban by sharing screenshots of information

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