September 2, 2023, 11:15 PM

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Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
X updated its privacy policy to let the company use data X collects to train its AI models; Musk says X may use “just public data, not DMs or anything private”  —  X's recently updated privacy policy informed its users it would now collect biometric data as well as users' job …
Sergiu Gatlan / BleepingComputer:
Microsoft plans to deprecate WordPad, automatically included with Windows since 1995, via a future Windows update, as it's no longer under active development  —  Microsoft announced today that it will deprecate WordPad with a future Windows update as it's no longer under active development …
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.
Zheping Huang / Bloomberg:
A look at AI chatbots from Baidu, ByteDance, and other Chinese companies, rolled out publicly after China's approval, and how they deal with sensitive content  —  China has approved the first batch of AI chatbots for public rollout, and I tested them out.  But first...  Test time
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 …
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.
Rashi Shrivastava / Forbes:
Interviews with AI red team heads at Microsoft, Google, Nvidia, and Meta on why breaking AI models matters for safety, the 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.
New York Times:
California Forever, the company backed by tech billionaires that intends to build a city in the Bay Area's Solano County, unveils 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.
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.
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 …

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