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September 4, 2023, 12:30 AM

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James Clayton / BBC:
EU study: social media companies have failed to stop pro-Russian disinformation since 2022 and the “reach and influence of Kremlin-backed accounts” grew in 2023  —  Social media companies have failed to stop “large-scale” Russian disinformation campaigns since the invasion of Ukraine, the EU has said.
Yiwen Lu / New York Times:
The San Francisco Fire Department says two Cruise driverless taxis blocked an ambulance carrying a patient who later died at a hospital; Cruise denies any fault  —  Two Cruise taxis delayed an ambulance carrying a car accident victim to a hospital, a department report said.  The company said it was not at fault.
Mark Gurman / Bloomberg:
A look at the iPhone's upcoming Lightning to USB-C transition; sources say the revamped iPad Pro's Magic Keyboard coming in 2024 will have an aluminum top case  —  Also: The company confirms the date of its Sept. 12 iPhone 15 event and aims to overhaul device production with 3D printers.
Matt Binder / Mashable:
After ADL's CEO noted talking to X CEO Yaccarino last week, anti-Semitic X posts surged and #BanTheADL trended as Elon Musk replied to and liked far-right posts  —  Anti-Semitic rhetoric has been especially rampant on the platform over the past 24 hours.  —  Over the past 24 hours …
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
X updated its privacy policy to let the company use collected data to train AI models; Elon 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 …
Insider:
As Instagram and other social media feeds get swamped with influencers' professionally created content, average users move to private posting and closed groups  —  Group chats and messaging apps killed it … Tati Bruening, a 22-year-old content creator and photographer, just wants to share memes and post about cooking green beans.
Cristina Criddle / Financial Times:
More: The VergeThreads: @dhowell and @noise.in.vacuumMastodon: @carnage4life@mas.toX: @neilcybartForums: Hacker News
Mark Townsend / The Guardian:
Emails: some UK Home Office officials lobbied the ICO to act “favorably” towards Facewatch, which is rolling out facial recognition cameras across the country  —  Officials reflected policing minister's enthusiasm to roll out controversial technology across the country, particularly in retail settings
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 …
Christopher Mims / Wall Street Journal:
How startups offering AI-powered cameras, tree-mounted sensors, water-dumping drones, satellite data, and more are helping prevent, detect, and fight wildfires  —  We can already detect fires from space, soon after they start.  Here's why we don't yet have a nationwide system for alerting us when they do—but could someday.
Reuters:
Foxconn founder Terry Gou resigns as a company board member due to “personal reasons”, less than a week after announcing his bid to be Taiwan's next president  —  Terry Gou, the billionaire founder of major Apple (AAPL.O) supplier Foxconn (2317.TW), resigned as a company board member …

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