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August 19, 2023, 12:10 AM

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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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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.
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?”
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 claims  —  Eleven days ago, we sent these questions to Western Digital's head of PR and published them publicly on The Verge:
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 …
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.
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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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