November 17, 2023, 9:00 AM

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Hannah Murphy / Financial Times:
IBM suspends its advertising on X globally after Media Matters said X has been placing ads for IBM, Apple, Oracle, and others alongside pro-Nazi material  —  Tech company's move is the latest setback to Linda Yaccarino's efforts to convince brands Elon Musk's platform is safe
Chance Miller / 9to5Mac:
Apple plans to adopt the GSM's RCS messaging standard by releasing a software update “later next year”, bringing iMessage-style features to cross-platform texts  —  In a surprising move, Apple has announced today that it will adopt the RCS (Rich Communication Services) messaging standard.
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Chance Miller / 9to5Mac:
Apple says green bubbles will be used for RCS messages, while iMessages will be blue to denote what it considers the safest way for iPhone users to communicate  —  Earlier today, Apple announced its plans to bring RCS support to the iPhone in 2024.  Since I published my story on the news this morning …
Ted Johnson / Deadline:
TikTok removes videos promoting Osama Bin Laden's “Letter to America” that justified the 9/11 attacks, but calls reports that they were trending “inaccurate”  —  - George Santos “Blatantly Stole From His Campaign” And Deceived Donors, House Ethics Committee Report Says; Congressman Won't Seek Reelection
Mike Wheatley / SiliconANGLE:
Meta unveils new AI tools to edit images and generate videos from text instructions, based on its image generation model Emu announced in September  —  Artificial intelligence researchers from Meta Platforms Inc. said today they have made significant advances in AI-powered image and video generation.
Jonathan Greig / The Record:
MeridianLink confirms a cyberattack after a ransomware gang claimed to have reported the financial software company to the US SEC for not disclosing the breach  —  Financial software company MeridianLink confirmed that it is dealing with a cyberattack after the hackers behind …
Yogita Khatri / The Block:
Coinbase updates Coinbase Commerce with its new open source Onchain Payment Protocol, which offers instant settlement, low fees, and broad asset support  —  - Coinbase has built an open source “Onchain Payment Protocol” to improve its Commerce product.  — The protocol currently supports Ethereum, Polygon and Base ecosystems.
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Microsoft details Windows 11 changes coming to the EEA to comply with the DMA, like letting users disable Bing web search, add search providers, and remove Edge  —  Microsoft will soon let Windows 11 users in the European Economic Area (EEA) disable its Bing web search, remove Microsoft Edge …
Mark Gurman / Bloomberg:
Sources: Apple may again postpone releasing its own iPhone modem chip, until at least late 2025 or early 2026, the final year of its extended Qualcomm contract  —  Company will likely miss a 2025 goal to roll out its own cellular modem inside the device  —  Apple Inc. has fallen further behind …
Bill Toulas / BleepingComputer:
The FBI and CISA release an advisory detailing tactics used by Scattered Spider, a hacking group that now collaborates with the BlackCat ransomware group  —  The Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency released an advisory …
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Microsoft plans to release Copilot for Windows 10 Home and Pro to Release Preview testers, for devices with a minimum of 4GB of RAM and a 720p screen resolution  —  Microsoft is bringing its AI-powered Copilot to Windows 10. … “It's a key opportunity for us to bring Copilot value to more customers …
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Bluesky plans to release a public web interface around the end of November and launch federation in early 2024, and says it crossed 2M users  —  Bluesky, the company building a decentralized alternative to Twitter/X, announced today it has hit 2 million users — up by another million since September …
Ryan Felton / Wall Street Journal:
Amazon plans to let US auto dealers sell new vehicles on its platform, starting in 2024 with Hyundai, which will include Alexa in its cars beginning in 2025  —  The companies say Hyundai will be the first brand available to car buyers on tech company's platform starting in 2024
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Discord plans to shut down its ChatGPT-powered experimental chatbot Clyde on December 1; Discord started testing Clyde in March 2023  —  Discord is shutting down Clyde, its experimental AI chatbot.  In a support note, Discord says the chatbot will be “deactivated” at the end of the month …
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Ivan Mehta / TechCrunch:
An update to its developer terms suggests that X plans to let EU researchers access its API and use its licensed data for DSA-related research purposes  —  After taking over Twitter last year, Elon Musk famously yanked API access from third-party apps and changed API pricing tiers …
Elias Leight / Billboard:
According to an email, Apple Music implemented fraud protections including “financial adjustments” in 2022, resulting in 30% drop in streaming manipulation  —  While Spotify is just now moving towards a penalty system, Apple quietly started making “financial adjustments” for repeat fraudsters more than a year ago.

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