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December 10, 2023, 1:20 PM

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Associated Press:
X lifts the permanent ban on Infowars host Alex Jones' account, after Elon Musk conducted a poll that resulted in 70.1% voting in favor of restoring the account  —  Elon Musk has restored the X account of conspiracy theorist Alex Jones, pointing to a poll on the social media platform formerly known …
Mitchell Clark / The Verge:
A look at L4S, an internet standard finalized in January 2023, aiming to reduce latency, with interest from Apple, Google, Comcast, Nvidia, and other companies  —  A few months ago, I downgraded my internet, going from a 900Mbps plan to a 200Mbps one.  Now, I find that websites can sometimes …
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Cade Metz / New York Times:
Paris-based Mistral AI has raised €385M, or about $415M, with investors including a16z and Lightspeed; sources: the deal values Mistral at about $2B  —  The company has publicly released its latest technology so people can build their own chatbots.  Rivals like OpenAI and Google argue that approach can be dangerous.
Zack Abrams / The Block:
Tether freezes the wallets of people sanctioned by the US Treasury's OFAC to stop “potential misuse” of its tokens, one of its new CEO's first significant moves  —  - Tether has frozen its coins held in crypto wallets sanctioned by the U.S. Office of Foreign Asset Controls, the company announced today.
David Pierce / The Verge:
After Beeper Mini's recent outage, Apple says it took steps “to protect our users by blocking techniques that exploit fake credentials” to gain iMessage access  —  A few days after the team at Beeper proudly announced a way for users to send blue-bubble iMessages directly …
Kevin Roose / New York Times:
A look at the Effective Accelerationism movement, which favors open-source AI tech and believes that AI's benefits outweigh its harms and shouldn't be regulated  —  The eccentric pro-tech movement known as “Effective Accelerationism” wants to unshackle powerful A.I., and party along the way.
Washington Post:
The EU's AI Act includes restrictions for foundation models, subjecting some proprietary models classified as having “systemic risk” to additional obligations  —  The regulation paves the way for what could become a global standard to classify risk, enforce transparency …
Adam Satariano / New York Times:
Erik Hoel / The Intrinsic Perspective:
A bear case for the AI industry, as the sectors LLMs seem capable of disrupting so far, like writing, digital art, and programming help, are not very lucrative  —  Gemini and the supply paradox of AI  —  Another day, another huge new AI model revealed.  This time it's Google's Gemini.
Elizabeth Napolitano / CoinDesk:
Pudgy Penguins plans to launch an early-access version of Pudgy World, an interactive digital playground for Pudgy Penguins NFT holders, before April 2024  —  Pudgy World, an interactive digital world available to Pudgy Penguin NFT holders, will become available in alpha mode sometime next year, according to the company's CEO.
Daphne Keller / @daphnehk:
[Thread] Texas' and Florida's online speech rules for platforms cannot be justified, as less restrictive tools that give users control over online content exist  —  There was an amazing outpouring of S. Ct. amicus briefs opposing Texas's and Florida's online speech regulations yesterday. Here's what mine's about. 1/

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