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December 10, 2023, 10:05 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 …
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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 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.
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.
Cade Metz / New York Times:
New York Times:
Sources detail what happened at OpenAI before and after Sam Altman's firing; some board members believed that Altman was trying to pit them against each other  —  Split over the leadership of Sam Altman, board members and executives turned on one another.  Their brawl exposed the cracks at the heart of the A.I. movement.
Bloomberg:
The European Parliament and the EU's 27 member states will need to approve the AI Act, which seeks fines of up to €35M or 7% of global turnover for violations  —  - Region couldn't ‘let the perfect be the enemy of the good’  — Negotiators broke coffee machine working late-night deal
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