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January 13, 2024, 4:30 AM

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Kevin Systrom / Artifact News:
Kevin Systrom says news sharing app Artifact will shut down, after concluding that “the market opportunity isn't big enough to warrant continued investment”  —  To our Artifact Users and Partners:  —  We've made the decision to wind down operations of the Artifact app.
Elizabeth Lopatto / The Verge:
Amazon sells products with titles like “I'm sorry, I cannot fulfill this request as it goes against OpenAI use policy”, as sellers use ChatGPT to write listings  —  Fun new game just dropped!  Go to the internet platform of your choice, type “goes against OpenAI use policy,” …
CNN:
Security researchers say they warned Apple as early as 2019 about AirDrop vulnerabilities that Chinese authorities claim they recently used to identify users  —  Editor's Note: Sign up for CNN's Meanwhile in China newsletter, which explores what you need to know about the country's rise and how it impacts the world.
John Herrman / New York Magazine:
A look at TikTok's dogged e-commerce push by subsidizing sales and promoting sellers in user feeds, as ad sales weaken and social media stagnates  —  It was supposed to be a test.  Suddenly hundreds of people were watching.  What's going on here?  —  Over the last four months …
Thomas Claburn / The Register:
Security researchers at Recorded Future detail various ways criminals are frequently abusing GitHub's infrastructure to support and deliver malware  —  Microsoft says it's doing its best to crack down on crims  —  The popularity of Github has made it too big to block …
Sam Biddle / The Intercept:
Ben Cox / Ben's Blog:
An analysis of fediverse backend hosting providers finds Germany-based Hetzner hosts 51% of the network by number of active users, followed by France-based OVH  —  Spurred on by the problems at Twitter, a lot of my social media timeline has “moved out” of Twitter/"X" on to what people mostly describe as mastodon or the “fediverse”.
Belle Lin / Wall Street Journal:
A joint US-China research effort finds that graphene can act as a semiconductor, but experts say graphene chips face immense manufacturing hurdles and costs  —  Amid global race for semiconductor supremacy, a joint U.S.-China research effort finds promise in the material, although the path to large-scale production is years away.
Bloomberg:
Indian crypto exchange WazirX says deposit inflows jumped ~250% in the four days after India blocked nine offshore platforms on Dec. 28; ~70% came from Binance  —  - WazirX, Mudrex say about 70% of fresh inflows from Binance  — Local trading has been ravaged by tax introduced in 2022

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