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September 18, 2023, 8:35 AM

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John Dickerson / CBS News:
An interview with Tim Cook on Apple's pledge to become carbon neutral by 2030, the Vision Pro, return to the office, why Apple still advertises on X, and more  —  In Brown County, Texas - flat, dry, near the geographical center of the state - Apple has invested in a joint venture to power 100,000 homes with clean energy.
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Wall Street Journal:
How Spotify and other streaming services have transformed the sound of music: songs are shorter, albums are longer, and artists collaborate more across genres  —  To succeed on Spotify and other services, songs are getting shorter, albums are getting longer, and artists are collaborating across genres.
Elliptic:
North Korea-tied Lazarus Group stole nearly $240M in crypto in the past 104 days, ramping up hacks and shifting focus from decentralized to centralized services  —  The elite North Korean hacking group Lazarus appears to have recently ramped up its operations, conducting a confirmed four attacks against crypto entities since June 3rd.
Elad Gil / Elad Blog:
The US should not push to regulate most aspects of AI, letting the tech mature for positive uses, to avoid favoring incumbents and forcing the industry overseas  —  There have been multiple call to regulate AI.  It is too early to do so.  —  [While I was finalizing this post …
Scott Murdoch / Reuters:
In Hong Kong IPOs, AI startup and US Entity List member Beijing Fourth Paradigm aims to raise $144M and cloud hospital firm Neusoft Xikang aims for $81M-$101M  —  Three Chinese firms, led by AI software company Beijing Fourth Paradigm, are aiming to raise up to $280 million in Hong Kong initial public offerings launched on Monday.
Rachel Metz / Bloomberg:
AI writing startup Writer, used by L'Oréal, Spotify, and Uber to create digital marketing campaigns, raised $100M led by Iconiq Growth at a $500M+ valuation  —  The company's technology can write and summarize a wide range of text. … Led by Chief Executive Officer May Habib …
Olga Kharif / Bloomberg:
One year after Ethereum's Merge, developers approve a change to slow down staking, which has emerged as one of the few reliable ways to earn returns in crypto  —  - With validators piling in, the network risks getting clogged  — Ethereum developers approved a software fix to that Thursday

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