October 17, 2023, 2:00 PM

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Wall Street Journal:
The US plans to significantly constrict AI chip exports, including by Nvidia and Intel, hoping to close perceived loopholes in the export controls from 2022  —  New rules make it tougher for Nvidia and Intel to sell advanced semiconductors to the Chinese market
Tim Cook makes a rare visit to China, appearing at a contest for Tencent's Honor of Kings game in the Chengdu Apple Store, as the US ramps up its chip sanctions  —  - Cook joined an ‘Honor of Kings’ contest in Chengdu Apple store  — The CEO visits as worries grow about its performance in China
Stephen Warwick / iMore:
Apple announces a new “affordable” $79 Apple Pencil with USB-C for charging, shipping in “early November” and compatible with all USB-C iPads  —  A nice surprise...  Apple has today unveiled a new “affordable” Apple Pencil with USB-C that costs $79.
Shaurya Malwa / CoinDesk:
The FTX estate floats an amended proposal to return up to 90% of creditor holdings, divided into three pools, and plans to formally file the plan by December 16  —  An amended proposal released early Tuesday will be filed by the FTX Debtors by mid-December if approved.
New York Times:
Mike Isaac / New York Times:
Meta identifies and fixes a bug after thousands of Palestinian supporters say their rule-abiding posts were suppressed or removed from Facebook and Instagram  —  Meta has cautioned that some posts may be temporarily suppressed or suspended as it sifts through millions of posts spreading across its platforms.
Sean Hollister / The Verge:
Quest 3's better passthrough video means people are once again walking around in public with face-mounted, video-recording devices, a throwback to “glassholes”  —  It's happening: people are once walking into public places wearing a video-recording face computer on their heads.
Rachyl Jones / Fortune:
Marc Andreessen's Techno-Optimist Manifesto lists trust and safety, sustainability, and tech ethics as “enemies”, says AI is “our Philosopher's Stone”, and more  —  In a 5,200-word manifesto published by the venture capitalist and billionaire Marc Andreessen on Monday …
Antonio G. Di Benedetto / The Verge:
WhatsApp plans to roll out passkey support to all Android users over the coming months to replace passwords and 2FA; Meta did not share passkey plans for iOS  —  WhatsApp users on Android can say goodbye to insecure and annoying SMS two-factor authentication.
Dan Goodin / Ars Technica:
Cisco says a zero-day flaw in its IOS XE software has been exploited in the wild since at least September 18; Shodan shows up to 80K devices could be affected  —  An unknown threat actor is exploiting the vulnerability to create admin accounts.  —  Cisco is urging customers to protect …
Baidu co-founder Robin Li unveils Ernie 4.0 and claims that the language model is on par with OpenAI's GPT-4 in terms of sophistication and general capabilities  —  - Robin Li says AI model is finally on par with OpenAI's GPT-4  — US and China are locked in a race with profound implications
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Brian Steinberg / Variety:
Adamya Sharma / Android Authority:
Xiaomi unveils the Android-based HyperOS, set to debut with the Xiaomi 14 series and gradually replace the company's 13-year-old MIUI OS for all Xiaomi devices  —  HyperOS will cater to Xiaomi's wide range of products beyond just smartphones.  —  •  —  TL;DR
New York Times:
How the Israeli military uses mobile phone data to track the movements of ~1.1M Gaza residents in real-time and assess how many heeded Israel's call to evacuate  —  The Israeli military says the tracking and the call to evacuate are to preserve as many civilian lives as possible during …
Sandali Handagama / CoinDesk:
Binance.US updates its terms of use to stop direct withdrawals of USD, saying users must first convert “US dollar funds to stablecoin or other digital assets”  —  U.S. dollar deposits in user wallets are no longer eligible for FDIC insurance protection, according to the updated terms of use.
MK Manoylov / The Block:
Uniswap plans to charge a 0.15% fee for some crypto trades on its web app and wallet as of October 17; The Block Research estimates this will generate ~$1M/day  —  - Uniswap will add a new fee starting on Oct. 17 for certain swaps on its web interface and wallet.

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