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Twitter and ElonJet: Another wild one on Twitter this week. News first came that @ElonJet, the account tracking the whereabouts of Elon’s private jet, had been suspended. Then there’s Twitter’s official account – competitor Mastodon suspended (with a Mastodon link marked “potentially harmful”) shortly after posting about the aforementioned jet tracker.Then a bunch of tech journalists all suspended, at least some of whom have been tweeting about the jet tracker ordeal. And then — yes, there’s more! — Elon joins a twitter space with a handful of suspended journalists (the twitter space doesn’t seem to recognize/respect these suspensions); after a few minutes of questioning, Elon leaves the meeting, Entire Twitter space features offline.
SBF arrested: Sam Bankman-Fried, founder of the FTX cryptocurrency exchange/Gordian knot who has exploded over the past few months with oh, was arrested in the Bahamas this week. shortly thereafter, SEC Announcement It formally accused SBF of defrauding investors and is investigating other allegations.
OpenAI wants to watermark what its AI writes: “Written by a human, or is it ChatGPT?” Kyle Viggs asked. “It’s probably hard to say — maybe too hard, its creator OpenAI thinks, which is why it’s working on a way to ‘watermark’ AI-generated content.”
NSA warns of vulnerabilities in popular networking equipment: “The NSA warns that Chinese state-backed hackers are exploiting zero-day vulnerabilities in two widely used Citrix networking products,” writes Carly Page. Citrix confirmed that the vulnerability is being actively exploited, and it allows hackers to run malicious code on devices commonly found in corporate networks.
iOS 16.2: This week Apple released the latest version of iOS, and Ivan Mehta takes a look at some of its best features, including end-to-end encryption for more iCloud data, a karaoke mode for Apple Music, and the “unlimited whiteboard” collaboration app, Freeform .
Instagram gets plain text posts: Ever wished you could post to Instagram without taking a photo? Do not? Neither do I. But Instagram added a text-focused option this week, and it’s at least proving popular enough to make it onto our list of top posts — or, more likely, people are Googling this new Instagram “note” What the hell is that, then log on to our website. Anyway, they remind me of old school AIM status messages – they’re short, ephemeral updates that live in your DMs, not the main feed (see image below).
Equity staff may not be clairvoyant, but they are very, Very Clever – this week, after absurdly unpredictable years, they dare make some predictions Around 2023. set up Meanwhile, the podcast chats with Tiny Health founder Cheryl Sew Hoy about the importance of the gut microbiome—specifically, how having a good gut microbiome in infancy can help prevent future chronic health problems.
TC+ is a premium member-only section of the site where we step out of the news cycle and dig into some of the things our readers have told us they love the most. Here’s what TC+ members read most this week:
A slide that 99% of founders get wrong: In his time as a journalist, VC, and startup pitch coach, Haje has seen more pitch decks than anyone I know. The most common mistake he sees? It’s all about “asking”.
How much should you raise for your startup?: This is a double feature for Haje this week, his second most popular post dealing with a very common question: when and what is the right amount to raise money for a startup?