December 11, 2023, 12:45 AM

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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, which offers payments and other financial services to ~4M SMBs, raised €285M at a valuation higher than its $8.5B valuation in June 2022  —  SumUp — the fintech that provides payments and related services to some 4 million small businesses in Europe …
Cade Metz / New York Times:
David Pierce / The Verge:
Apple caused Beeper Mini's outage, which began on December 8, “to protect our users by blocking techniques that exploit fake credentials” to access iMessage  —  A few days after the team at Beeper proudly announced a way for users to send blue-bubble iMessages directly …
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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