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January 31, 2024, 9:35 PM

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Washington Post:
A recap of the US Senate Judiciary Committee's hearing on kids' online safety, with testimony from the CEOs of Meta, TikTok, X, Snap, and Discord  —  The chief executives of five major tech companies are testifying Wednesday about allegations they failed to protect children from abuse on their platforms …
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Taylor Hatmaker / TechCrunch:
Microsoft and X say they support the Kids Online Safety Act; Meta, Discord, and TikTok demur, citing criticism from groups or supporting only some parts of KOSA  —  On the eve of Wednesday's big tech hearing (both big tech and a big hearing — five CEOs are testifying as we speak) …
New York Times:
US lawmakers release 90 pages of Meta emails from 2021, showing Mark Zuckerberg rejected calls to bulk up resources for children's well-being and safety  —  Lawmakers released internal emails detailing the company's failed efforts to add staff to focus on the online safety of minors, hours before a hearing on the topic.
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Dustin Volz / Wall Street Journal:
The FBI and US DOJ disrupt Volt Typhoon, a uniquely dangerous Chinese hacking operation to hijack hundreds of Cisco and Netgear routers at end-of-life status  —  Chinese hackers prepare to ‘wreak havoc’ against Americans, FBI Director Chris Wray tells Congress
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Microsoft says that Microsoft Teams, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, OneNote, Loop, and Copilot features will be available on Apple Vision Pro on February 2  —  Microsoft is launching a suite of its Microsoft 365 apps on Apple's Vision Pro headset later this week.
Aoyon Ashraf / CoinDesk:
An FTX lawyer says the defunct crypto exchange expects to fully repay its customers and has abandoned efforts to restart the platform, due to a lack of buyers  —  Its FTT token surged about 11% after the news.  —  10 Years of Decentralizing the Future  —  May 29-31, 2024 - Austin …
MK Manoylov / The Block:
Ripple co-founder Chris Larsen confirms “unauthorized access” to “a few of my personal XRP accounts”, after ZachXBT noted outflows of 213M XRP, worth $112.5M  —  - Ripple co-founder Chris Larsen said Wednesday that there had been “unauthorized access” to “a few of my personal XRP accounts.”
Kif Leswing / CNBC:
Qualcomm reports Q1 adjusted revenue up 5% YoY to $9.92B, vs. $9.51B est., handset chip sales up 16% YoY to $6.69B, and net income up 24% YoY to $2.77B  —  - Qualcomm beat on revenue and earnings in the quarter.  — The company said it shipped $6.69 billion in handset chips during the December quarter …
Jeffrey Gottfried / Pew Research Center:
US adults survey: 83% use YouTube; 68% use Facebook; 47% use Instagram; 27% to 35% use Snapchat, WhatsApp, LinkedIn, TikTok, and Pinterest; 22% use X and Reddit  —  YouTube and Facebook are by far the most used online platforms among U.S. adults; TikTok's user base has grown since 2021
Rachel Metz / Bloomberg:
OpenAI says GPT-4 poses “at most” a slight risk of helping create biological threats, according to early tests to evaluate “catastrophic” risks from LLMs  —  Artificial intelligence startup carried out tests as part of efforts to understand and prevent any “catastrophic” risks from its technology.
Jesse Hamilton / CoinDesk:
Celsius emerges from bankruptcy and plans to distribute over $3B to its creditors, who will also get a stake in the newly formed Ionic Digital mining operation  —  The distribution will be made through PayPal and Coinbase.  —  Register Now  —  Celsius will be shipping out more than $3 billion …
Mary Ann Azevedo / TechCrunch:
Metronome, which offers APIs to help SaaS companies charge customers on a usage basis, raised a $43M Series B led by NEA, bringing its total funding to $78M+  —  Metronome, a startup that helps software companies offer usage-based billing, has raised $43 million in a Series B funding round led by NEA.
Vitalik Buterin / Vitalik Buterin's website:
A look at four major categories of promising applications that could emerge at the intersections of crypto and AI, and the prospects and challenges of each  —  Special thanks to the Worldcoin and Modulus Labs teams, Xinyuan Sun, Martin Koeppelmann and Illia Polosukhin for feedback and discussion.
Eri Sugiura / Financial Times:
UK prosecutors say the Met Police seized 61K bitcoin, worth £1.4B+, in 2018, as part of a trial over an alleged ~£5B investment fraud in China from 2014 to 2017  —  One of the world's largest seizures revealed during trial of woman accused of laundering cryptocurrency for her former employer
Dean Seal / Wall Street Journal:
The US DOJ says eBay agreed to pay $59M to settle allegations of violating the Controlled Substances Act by allowing the sale of pill presses and other items  —  Justice Department says eBay has also agreed to enhance its compliance program  —  EBay will pay $59 million to settle …
Alex Weprin / The Hollywood Reporter:
In an email to subscribers, Hulu says the company changed its subscriber agreement to bar sharing of accounts outside the user's household  —  The Disney-owned streaming service changed its subscriber agreement to ban sharing of accounts outside of individual households.
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Nvidia RTX 4080 Super review: a $200 price cut to $999, 16GB of VRAM, and impressive 4K performance, but a bulky adapter and outperforms the RTX 4080 a little  —  Nvidia's RTX 4080 Super is the third and potentially final of Nvidia's refreshed 40-series GPUs.
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