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February 5, 2024, 10:10 PM

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Nilay Patel / The Verge:
Bloomberg:
How researchers used AI to read the Herculaneum papyri, charred in 79 AD by Mount Vesuvius' eruption, potentially rewriting key parts of ancient world history  —  A few years ago, during one of California's steadily worsening wildfire seasons, Nat Friedman's family home burned down.
Rohan Goswami / CNBC:
Snap plans to lay off 10% of its global workforce, or ~529 employees, in part to “promote in-person collaboration”; the company cut 20% of staff in August 2022  —  Social media company Snap said on Monday that it would lay off 10% of its global workforce, or around 529 employees.
Mark Gurman / Bloomberg:
Apple is telling users who forget their Vision Pro passcode that they need to bring the device to a store or mail it to AppleCare customer support to reset it  —  Buyers of Apple Inc.'s new Vision Pro headset are finding it can be a major hassle if they lose their passcode.
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Microsoft Gaming CEO Phil Spencer announces an event next week to share “our vision for the future of Xbox”, amid rumors that Xbox exclusives are coming to PS5  —  Details of Microsoft's multi-platform plans have been gradually leaking, with The Verge revealing over the weekend …
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Joseph Cox / 404 Media:
A look at OnlyFake, an underground website that claims to use “neural networks” to generate highly convincing fake IDs for $15; one ID passed OKX's verification  —  This piece was produced with support from The Capitol Forum.  —  An underground website called OnlyFake is claiming to use …
Ryan Morrison / Tom's Guide:
Roblox rolls out real-time AI chat translations, with support for 16 languages, built on an LLM trained on open-source and internal Roblox data  —  Works in 16 languages  —  Metaverse platform Roblox is bringing a new AI translation tool online for its millions of users around the world …
Anna Nicolaou / Financial Times:
Microsoft strikes an AI deal with Semafor for a breaking news feed called Signals; Ben Smith says it will be written by journalists, using AI as a research tool  —  Collaboration comes as tech giant faces multibillion-dollar lawsuit from the New York Times  —  Microsoft is working …
Karissa Bell / Engadget:
Sam Sabin / Axios:
The US State Department announces a new policy allowing “the imposition of visa restrictions on individuals involved in the misuse of commercial spyware”  —  - The visa restrictions would prevent those who have profited from or facilitated the misuse of commercial spyware from traveling to the U.S., the official added.
Will Canny / CoinDesk:
Oobit, which lets consumers pay using crypto while merchants receive fiat currency, raised a $25M Series A led by the investment arm of Tether and others  —  The round also included participation from Anatoly Yakovenko, the co-founder of Solana.  —  Register Now

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