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Twitter vs. ElonJet: One other wild one at Twitter this week. First got here the information that @ElonJet, an account that tracked the whereabouts of Elon’s personal jet, had been suspended. Then the official account of Twitter-competitor Mastodon got suspended (with hyperlinks to Mastodon flagged as “doubtlessly dangerous”) shortly after posting about stated jet trackers. Then a bunch of tech reporters all got suspended, not less than a few of whom had been tweeting in regards to the jet tracker ordeal. After which — sure, there’s extra! — Elon joined a Twitter Area that featured a handful of stated suspended reporters (with Twitter Areas seemingly not recognizing/respecting the suspensions); after a couple of minutes of questions, Elon left the session and the whole Twitter Areas characteristic was taken offline.
SBF arrested: Sam Bankman-Fried, founding father of the FTX cryptocurrency alternate/Gordian knot that exploded oh-so-dramatically over the previous couple of months, was arrested within the Bahamas this week. Shortly thereafter, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission announced that it was formally charging SBF with defrauding buyers, with investigations on different costs underway.
OpenAI wants to watermark the stuff its AI writes: “Did a human write that, or ChatGPT?” Kyle Wiggers asks. “It may be onerous to inform — maybe too onerous, its creator OpenAI thinks, which is why it’s engaged on a strategy to ‘watermark’ AI-generated content material.”
NSA warns of exploits in popular networking gear: “The U.S. Nationwide Safety Company is warning that Chinese language government-backed hackers are exploiting a zero-day vulnerability in two broadly used Citrix networking merchandise,” writes Carly Web page. The flaw, which Citrix confirms is being actively exploited, permits hackers to run malicious code on units typically present in enterprise networks.
iOS 16.2: This week Apple shipped out the newest model of iOS, and Ivan Mehta took a take a look at a few of its finest options, from end-to-end encryption of extra iCloud information, a karaoke mode for Apple Music, and the general public rollout of the “infinite whiteboard” collaboration app, Freeform.
Instagram gets text-only posts: Ever wished you possibly can submit to Instagram with out having to take an image? No? Me neither. However Instagram added a text-centric possibility this week, and it’s not less than proving common sufficient to crack our prime posts checklist — or, extra seemingly, individuals are googling what the heck this new Instagram “Notes” factor is and touchdown on our web site. Regardless of the case, they kinda remind me of old-school AIM standing messages — they’re brief, ephemeral updates that dwell in your DMs reasonably than the primary feed (see picture beneath.)
The Fairness crew will not be clairvoyant, however they’re very, very good — and this week, after a number of absurdly unpredictable years, they dared to make some predictions about 2023. The Found podcast, in the meantime, chatted with Tiny Well being founder Cheryl Sew Hoy in regards to the significance of the intestine microbiome — notably in how having a very good intestine microbiome as an toddler can assist stop continual well being points down the highway.
TC+ is the premium, members-only part of the location the place we get to step away from the information cycle and go a bit deeper on among the stuff our readers inform us they like most. Right here’s what TC+ members had been studying most this week:
The one slide 99% of founders get wrong: Between his time as a reporter, a VC, and a startup pitch coach, Haje has checked out extra pitch decks than simply about anybody I do know. The most typical mistake he sees? It’s all about “the ask.”
How much money should you raise for your startup?: It’s a Haje double characteristic this week, along with his second hottest submit relating an all-too-common query: When it’s time to lift cash for a startup, how a lot is the correct quantity?