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December 10, 2023, 10:15 PM

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Associated Press:
X lifts the permanent ban on Infowars host Alex Jones, after Elon Musk conducted a 24-hour poll, resulting in 70.1% voting in favor of restoring Jones' account  —  Elon Musk has restored the X account of conspiracy theorist Alex Jones, pointing to a poll on the social media platform formerly known …
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Sara Dorn / Forbes:
In a 2+ hour long talk on X with Alex Jones, Andrew Tate, Jack Posobiec, others, Elon Musk said X should avoid outright bans unless users “do something illegal”  —  Elon Musk and conspiracy theorist Alex Jones, newly reinstated to X after a five-year ban, launched a live-streamed chat …
Kevin Roose / New York Times:
A look at the Effective Accelerationism movement, which argues for open sourcing AI tools, says AI's benefits far outweigh its harms, and opposes AI regulation  —  The eccentric pro-tech movement known as “Effective Accelerationism” wants to unshackle powerful A.I., and party along the way.
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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Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
London-based SumUp, a startup offering ~4M SMBs payments and other financial services, raised €285M at a valuation that's higher than its $8.5B 2022 valuation  —  SumUp — the fintech that provides payments and related services to some 4 million small businesses in Europe …
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 …
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.
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Adam Satariano / New York Times:
The EU reaches a deal on the AI Act, one of the world's first comprehensive attempts to limit AI use, including in law enforcement and critical infrastructure  —  The agreement over the A.I. Act solidifies one of the world's first comprehensive attempts to limit the use of artificial intelligence.
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