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January 12, 2024, 2:05 AM

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Casey Newton / Platformer:
Platformer is leaving Substack and migrating to Ghost, saying it doesn't believe Substack will publicly commit to proactively removing pro-Nazi material  —  We've seen this movie before — and we won't stick around to watch it play out  —  After much consideration, we have decided to move Platformer off of Substack.
Alex Heath / The Verge:
Internal memo: Discord CEO Jason Citron says the company is laying off 17% of its staff, or 170 people, after growing its workforce “by 5x since 2020”  —  Discord is laying off 17 percent of its staff, a move that CEO Jason Citron said is meant to “sharpen our focus and improve …
Reuters:
LSEG: US bitcoin ETFs saw $4.6B worth of shares traded on January 11, their first day of trading; Grayscale, BlackRock, and Fidelity dominated trading volumes  —  U.S.-listed bitcoin exchange-traded funds (ETFs) saw $4.6 billion worth of shares trade hands as of Thursday afternoon …
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Jordan Novet / CNBC:
Microsoft briefly unseated Apple as the world's most valuable publicly traded company in early trading on Thursday but closed out the day under Apple  —  - Microsoft on Thursday briefly unseated Apple as the world's most valuable publicly traded company in early trading but closed out the day under Apple.
Alanna Durkin Richer / Associated Press:
eBay will pay $3M to resolve charges over a harassment campaign by staffers who sent spiders and other disturbing items to those behind the EcommerceBytes blog  —  Online retailer eBay Inc. will pay a $3 million fine to resolve criminal charges over a harassment campaign waged by employees …
Jon Victor / The Information:
Alphabet Union says Wednesday's layoffs at Google impacted more than 1,000 people, making it the largest round of cuts since January 2023  —  A spokesman for a union representing workers at Google's owner, Alphabet, said Wednesday's layoffs at Google impacted more than 1,000 people …
Louise Matsakis / Semafor:
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Jason Koebler / 404 Media:
Google formally endorses right to repair and will testify in favor of a law in Oregon, says regulators should ban “parts pairing”, a tactic used by Apple  —  Google says repair should be easy and “parts pairing” should be illegal.  —  Google formally endorsed the concept of right …
Tom Coates / plasticbag.org:
Notes on Meta's plans for Threads integration with the fediverse, which, at least superficially, the company is carrying out cautiously and in good faith  —  This is an exceptionally long post detailing pretty much everything I learned at an event shortly before Christmas at Meta's offices in San Francisco.
Carly Page / TechCrunch:
Ivanti confirms hackers are exploiting two critical vulnerabilities in its corporate VPN software, but says patches won't be available until the end of January  —  U.S. software giant Ivanti has confirmed that hackers are exploiting two critical-rated vulnerabilities affecting …
David W. Chen / New York Times:
As deepfakes warp elections overseas, US state legislators race to enact laws, with varying penalties, requiring disclosure of the use of AI in political ads  —  Sophisticated political deepfakes have warped elections overseas.  Can U.S. legislators act fast enough to make A.I. campaign ads more transparent?
Financial Times:
Sources: the UK plans to publish “key tests” that need to be met to pass new AI laws, including if its new AI Safety Institute fails to identify risks  —  Ministers keep threat of future curbs but persist with light-touch regulatory regime  —  The UK government is set to publish …

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