November 17, 2023, 12:10 PM

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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
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Nicholas Vinocur / Politico:
Internal note: the European Commission plans to “temporarily suspend” X advertising over widespread disinformation concerns and to avoid “reputational damage”  —  Ads on Musk-owned social media site risk causing ‘reputational damage’ to the EU, its executive says in internal note.
Mike Wheatley / SiliconANGLE:
Meta unveils new AI tools to edit images and generate videos from text instructions, based on Emu, its model for image generation announced in September 2023  —  Artificial intelligence researchers from Meta Platforms Inc. said today they have made significant advances in AI-powered image and video generation.
Chance Miller / 9to5Mac:
Apple plans to show green bubbles for RCS messages and keep iMessages blue to denote what the company considers is the most secure way for iPhone users to text  —  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 …
Todd Bishop / GeekWire:
Internal memo: Amazon plans to cut several hundred roles in its Alexa division as part of a broader shift in priorities and a focus on generative AI  —  Amazon will eliminate several hundred roles in its Alexa division as part of a broader shift in priorities and a focus on developing new forms …
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.
Jon Victor / The Information:
Sources: Google told some cloud customers not to expect Gemini access until Q1 2024, after previously saying they would get access to the LLM by November 2023  —  Google's company-defining effort to catch up to ChatGPT creator OpenAI is turning out to be harder than expected.
Bill Toulas / BleepingComputer:
The FBI and the CISA release an advisory detailing the tactics used by Scattered Spider, a hacker group that now collaborates with the BlackCat ransomware group  —  The Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency released an advisory …
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
Sapna Maheshwari / New York Times:
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 …
More: PCMag, Engadget, and Gizmodo
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Bluesky plans to release a public web interface around the end of November and launch federation in early 2024, and says its social network has crossed 2M users  —  Bluesky, the company building a decentralized alternative to Twitter/X, announced today it has hit 2 million users …
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 …
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 …
Emanuel Maiberg / 404 Media:
Forever Companions' service, which let customers talk to an AI girlfriend modeled after influencer Caryn Marjorie, stopped working after CEO John Meyer's arrest  —  Join the newsletter to get the latest updates.  —  Success  —  Great!  Check your inbox and click the link.  —  Error

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