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August 19, 2023, 10:30 AM

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Kirsten Korosec / TechCrunch:
Cruise is complying with a California DMV request to cut its fleet by 50% as the regulator probes “recent concerning incidents” involving Cruise robotaxis  —  Cruise, the self-driving car subsidiary of GM, has been asked to reduce its robotaxi fleet by 50% in San Francisco following a crash Thursday night with a fire truck.
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
David Ljunggren / Reuters:
Canadian Heritage Minister Pascale St-Onge demands that Meta lift its “reckless” news ban on Facebook and Instagram for the safety of people fleeing wildfires  —  The Canadian government on Friday demanded that Meta (META.O) lift a “reckless” ban on domestic news from its platforms …
Winston Cho / The Hollywood Reporter:
A district court judge upheld a US Copyright Office finding that artwork created by AI isn't eligible for copyright protection because it lacks human authorship  —  A federal judge on Friday upheld a finding from the U.S. Copyright Office that a piece of art created by AI is not open to protection.
Sean Hollister / The Verge:
Western Digital refused to answer questions about how its portable SanDisk Extreme SSDs might lose all the data; the company is being sued over data-loss issues  —  Eleven days ago, we sent these questions to Western Digital's head of PR and published them publicly on The Verge:
Reuters:
Nestlé, Unilever, and other big advertisers are experimenting with using generative AI ads, but many remain wary of the security, copyright, and data bias risks  —  Some of the world's biggest advertisers, from food giant Nestle (NESN.S) to consumer goods multinational Unilever (ULVR.L) …
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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 …
Julian E. Barnes / New York Times:
US intelligence agencies warn China and Russia are targeting private US space companies and preparing cyberattacks that could disable satellites in a conflict  —  U.S. officials say Chinese and Russian spy agencies are trying to steal technology from private American space companies …
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 …
Christopher Mims / Wall Street Journal:
How robots equipped with cameras, sensors, AI, and lasers are helping spot and repair problems with bridges, ships, and other critical infrastructure in the US  —  Robots fly, walk, swim and crawl with new sensors and artificial intelligence to spot—and sometimes fix—problems.

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