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September 2, 2023, 1:45 PM

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New York Times:
Sources: Meta is considering paid, ad-free versions of Facebook and Instagram for users in the EU, to fend off privacy concerns and scrutiny from EU regulators  —  The subscription plan is a response to European Union policies and court rulings to restrict Meta's data-collection practices.
Tripp Mickle / New York Times:
Child advocacy group Heat Initiative is starting a $2M US ad campaign calling on Apple to detect, report, and remove child sexual abuse materials from iCloud  —  An advocacy group is starting a $2 million campaign calling for the company to better police materials on its products and services.
Jennifer Pattison Tuohy / The Verge:
LG and Samsung say their smart home apps will work with the other company's appliances and TVs in 2024, as part of the Home Connectivity Alliance formed in 2021  —  The smart home is all about interoperability these days.  First came Matter, making Apple, Amazon, Google, and Samsung play nice …
New York Times:
California Forever, the company backed by tech billionaires that wants to build a city in the Bay Area's Solano County, unveiled a website explaining its plans  —  A former Goldman Sachs trader moved to the Bay Area to make it in tech.  He ended up buying rural land with money from some of Silicon Valley's wealthiest people.
Robert Stewart / NOLA.com:
Filing: Globalstar signed a $64M deal with SpaceX to launch satellites for Apple's Emergency SOS iPhone feature in 2025  —  Globalstar has enlisted Elon Musk's SpaceX to launch a host of satellites it will use to provide a communications network for an emergency Apple iPhone feature …
Anton Shilov / AnandTech:
Samsung reveals the world's first 32Gb DDR5 DRAM die, letting the company lower the cost of high-capacity memory modules and build record 1TB RDIMMs for servers  —  Samsung early on Friday revealed the world's first 32 Gb DDR5 DRAM die.  The new memory die is made on the company's 12 nm …
Rashi Shrivastava / Forbes:
Interviews with AI red team heads at Microsoft, Google, Nvidia, and Meta on why breaking AI models is important for safety, challenges of fixing them, and more  —  Forbes spoke to the leaders of AI red teams at Microsoft, Google, Nvidia and Meta, who are tasked with looking for vulnerabilities in AI systems so they can be fixed.
Bloomberg:
DappRadar: monthly NFT trading volume fell 81% from January 2022 to July 2023, while monthly NFT sales have dropped 61%, as traders return to cryptocurrencies  —  When you look at the charts, “everything is down.”  —  NFTs first crossed Daniel Maegaard's radar in 2018.
Vittoria Elliott / Wired:
A Media Matters for America report on PragerU Kids: Meta isn't consistently enforcing transparency rules for ads around “social issues, elections, or politics”  —  A nonprofit watchdog group has found that the right-wing group PragerU has pushed out more than 100 political ads …
Ari Levy / CNBC:
Instacart's IPO filing suggests its Snowflake cloud spending will fall 71% YoY in 2023, sparking an online spat between staff of rivals Snowflake and Databricks  —  - Instacart's long-awaited IPO prospectus last week turned controversial in a way the grocery-delivery company wasn't anticipating.

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