February 5, 2024, 3:40 PM

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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 …
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.
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.
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 …
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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
Sylvia Westall / Bloomberg:
Yandex plans to sell its entire Russian business, including Russia's most popular search engine, to a group led by Yandex management in a deal valued at ~$5.2B  —  - Dutch-registered firm reaches agreement to sell Russian unit  — Fallout from the war in Ukraine forced tech giant to split up
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Source: Bethesda considers bringing its new Indiana Jones game to the PS5 months after its Xbox and PC debut, as part of Microsoft's new multi-platform approach  —  Bethesda's upcoming Indiana Jones game is also tentatively set to launch on Sony's PlayStation 5 console.

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