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Twitter vs. ElonJet: Another wild fight on Twitter this week. First came the news that @ElonJet, an account tracking the whereabouts of Elon’s private jet, had been suspended. Then Twitter competitor Mastodon’s official account was suspended (with links to Mastodon flagged as “potentially harmful”) shortly after he posted about said jet trackers. Then a bunch of tech reporters were suspended, at least some of whom had tweeted about the jet tracker ordeal. And then – yes, there is more! — Elon joined a Twitter space that featured a handful of said suspended reporters (although Twitter Spaces does not appear to acknowledge/respect the suspensions); After a few minutes of questions, Elon left the session and the entire Twitter Spaces feature went offline.
SBF Arrested: Sam Bankman-Fried, founder of cryptocurrency exchange FTX/Gordian Knot, which has exploded oh-so-dramatically in recent months, was arrested this week in the Bahamas. Shortly thereafter, the US Securities and Exchange Commission announced that it was officially charging SBF with defrauding investors while investigations into other allegations were ongoing.
OpenAI wants to watermark what its AI writes: “Did a human write this, or ChatGPT?” asks Kyle Wiggers. “It can be hard to say – maybe too hard, thinks its creator OpenAI, which is why it’s working on a way to ‘watermark’ AI-generated content.”
NSA warns of exploits in popular network devices: “The US National Security Agency warns that Chinese government-backed hackers are exploiting a zero-day vulnerability in two widely used Citrix networking products,” writes Carly Page. The vulnerability, which Citrix confirms is being actively exploited, allows hackers to run malicious code on devices commonly found on corporate networks.
iOS 16.2: This week, Apple released the latest version of iOS, and Ivan Mehta took a look at some of its best features, from end-to-end encryption of more iCloud data, a karaoke mode for Apple Music, and public Infinite Whiteboard collaboration app rollout, Freeform.
Instagram Gets Text-Only Posts: Ever wanted to post on Instagram without having to take a picture? No? Neither do I. But Instagram added a text-centric option this week, and it’s proving at least popular enough to crack our top posts list — or, more likely, people are Googling what the heck this new Instagram “notes”- thing is and land on our site. Whatever the case, they kind of remind me of old-school AIM status updates – they’re short, ephemeral updates that live in your DMs rather than the main feed (see image below).
The Equity crew might not be psychics, but they’re very, very smart — and this week, after a few absurdly unpredictable years, they dared to make some predictions about 2023. The Found podcast, meanwhile, chatted with Tiny Health founder Cheryl Sew Hoy about the importance of the gut microbiome — specifically how having a good gut microbiome as an infant can help prevent chronic health problems later.
Eureka News Now+
TC+ is the premium members-only area of the site where we can step away from the news cycle and dig a little deeper into some of the things our readers tell us they like the most. Here’s what TC+ members read the most this week:
The one slide that 99% of founders get wrong: Between his days as a reporter, VC, and startup pitch coach, Haje has looked at more pitch decks than anyone I know. The most common mistake he sees? It’s all about “the asking”.
How Much Money Should You Raise for Your Startup?: It’s a Haje Double feature this week, with its second most popular post touching on an all-too-common question: When it comes time to raise money for a startup, how much is the right amount ?