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September 7, 2023, 5:35 AM

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Sergiu Gatlan / BleepingComputer:
Microsoft says Chinese hackers who in June breached US government email accounts stole an MSA key from a crash dump after hacking a Microsoft engineer's account  —  Microsoft says Storm-0558 Chinese hackers stole a signing key used to breach government email accounts from a Windows crash dump …
Bloomberg:
Sources: China plans to expand its ban on the use of iPhones in sensitive departments to include government-backed agencies and state-owned companies  —  - Beijing begins by banning the devices from certain bodies  — It could deal blow to Apple and amplifies a self-reliance push
Dylan Smith / TucsonSentinel.com:
Molly Holzschlag, aka “mollydotcom”, a longtime advocate for the open web and accessible, inclusive online design standards, died at 60 on September 5  —  Pioneer of online design & accessibility  —  Molly Holzschlag, whose pioneering work in online design standards led to her being dubbed …
Wall Street Journal:
Flexport CEO Dave Clark resigns after one year at the company, which he joined from Amazon; sources: Clark is considering a potential run for governor of Texas  —  The former Amazon senior executive is considering a potential run for governor of Texas, according to people familiar with the matter
Sergiu Gatlan / BleepingComputer:
Android Security Bulletin for September 2023 patches a privilege escalation zero-day flaw in Android 11-13 that “may be under limited, targeted exploitation”  —  The September 2023 Android security updates tackle 33 vulnerabilities, including a zero-day bug currently targeted in the wild.
Lane Brown / Vulture:
How Rotten Tomatoes' Tomatometer, an important metric in entertainment, became erratic and reductive as some PR firms hack its score by paying obscure “critics”  —  In 2018, a movie-publicity company called Bunker 15 took on a new project: Ophelia, a feminist retelling of Hamlet starring Daisy Ridley.
Wayne Ma / The Information:
Source: Apple's budget for training AI is now millions of dollars per day; its conversational AI team Foundational Models has ~16 people led by Ruoming Pang  —  Apple has been expanding its computing budget for building artificial intelligence to millions of dollars a day.
Joe Coscarelli / New York Times:
Ghostwriter, the anonymous creator who used AI to mimic Drake and The Weeknd, has met with record labels, Grammy organizers, and more, and releases a new song  —  The anonymous artist, who stirred conversation with the A.I. track “Heart on My Sleeve,” has been quietly consulting with executives, while also gunning for a Grammy.
Brad Stone / Bloomberg:
California Governor Newsom signs an EO on AI risks, instructing state agencies to examine AI threats and authorizing state employees to experiment with AI tools  —  Gavin Newsom touted Silicon Valley's AI dominance, but warns of a “Pandora's box.”  —  The state of California has entered …
Jay Peters / The Verge:
YouTube plans to drop some Studio ad controls, limiting creators' control over pre-roll, post-roll, skippable, and non-skippable ads, starting in November 2023  —  YouTube is making some notable changes to the ad controls available to creators.  Beginning in November, YouTube …
Davey Alba / Bloomberg:
Google plans a November policy update requiring election advertisers to prominently disclose when their ads contain generative AI-based images, video, or audio  —  Audio, images and video on political advertising will need to be labeled … The policy update, which applies starting mid-November …
Jay Peters / The Verge:
Clubhouse updates its iOS and Android apps to include asynchronous voice-only group chats, in an attempt to be “more like a messaging app”  —  Clubhouse is back, kinda.  The app that popularized social audio rooms is reinventing itself “to be more like a messaging app” …
Vishal Chawla / The Block:
Vitalik Buterin co-authors a paper on “Privacy Pools”, a blockchain protocol to verify the legality of user funds without revealing a full transaction history  —  - Ethereum co-founder Vitalik Buterin co-authored a research paper on a privacy protocol named Privacy Pools.
Natasha Singer / New York Times:
UNESCO report: overreliance on online learning during COVID-19 led to “staggering” education inequality and hindered discussion on equitable, lower-tech options  —  Heavy reliance on online remote learning during the pandemic drew attention away from more equitable ways of teaching children at home, a UNESCO report says.
Walter Isaacson / TIME:
An excerpt from the new Elon Musk biography details an argument with Larry Page in 2013 over the dangers of AI, how he founded OpenAI and xAI, and more  —  At a conference in 2012, Elon Musk met Demis Hassabis, the video-game designer and artificial—intelligence researcher who had co-founded …
Leo Schwartz / Fortune:
A profile of Circle, after secondary market shares of the USDC developer traded at a ~$4.8B valuation in August 2023; Circle was valued at $8B in April 2022  —  On a fateful evening in March, Jeremy Allaire sat in a Dubai hotel room as a catastrophe unfolded.
Alex York / Forbes:
London-based Shop Circle, which provides e-commerce software to merchants, raised a $120M Series A in equity and debt led by 645 Ventures and 3VC  —  London-based e-commerce software startup Shop Circle has raised $120 million in Series A funding, the company announced Wednesday.

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