Twitter fights everything ElonJet, SBF is shut down, and OpenAI tries to figure out the watermark • TechCrunch
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Twitter against ElonJet: Another savage on Twitter this week. First came the news that @ElonJet, an account that tracked 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 dangerous”) shortly after posting about said jet trackers. Then a bunch of tech reporters were all suspended, at least some of them had tweeted about the jet tracker ordeal. And then — yes, there is more! — Elon joined a Twitter Space that featured a handful of these suspended journalists (Twitter Spaces seem to not recognize/respect suspensions); after a few minutes of questions, Elon left the session and the all Twitter Spaces functionality has been taken offline.
SBF stopped: Sam Bankman-Fried, founder of the FTX/Gordian knot cryptocurrency exchange that has exploded so dramatically over the past few months, was arrested in the Bahamas this week. Shortly after, the United States Securities and Exchange Commission announced that it was formally charging SBF with defrauding investors, with investigations into other charges ongoing.
OpenAI wants to watermark the things its AI writes: “Did a human write this, or ChatGPT?” asks Kyle Wiggers. “That may be hard to say – maybe too hard, thinks its OpenAI creator, which is why he’s working on a way to ‘watermark’ AI-generated content.”
NSA warns against exploits of popular network equipment“The United States National Security Agency is warning that Chinese government-backed hackers are exploiting a zero-day vulnerability in two widely used Citrix networking products,” writes Carly Page. The flaw, which Citrix confirms is being actively exploited, allows hackers to execute malicious code on devices often found in 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 the public rollout of the “infinite whiteboard” collaboration app, Freeform.
Instagram receives text-only messages: Have you ever wished you could post on Instagram without having to take a photo? Nope? Neither do I. But Instagram added a text-centric option this week, and it’s proving to be at least popular enough to decipher our list of most popular posts — or, more likely, people Google what that new “Notes is.” ” from Instagram and land on our site. Anyway, they remind me a bit of old school AIM status messages – they’re short, fleeting updates that reside in your DMs rather than the main stream (see image below). below).
The Equity team may not be far-sighted, but they are very, very clever – and this week, after some absurdly unpredictable years, they dared make predictions around 2023. The Found podcast, meanwhile, chatted with Tiny Health founder Cheryl Sew Hoy about the importance of the gut microbiome — specifically how having a healthy gut microbiome as an infant can help prevent health issues. chronicles in the future.
TC+ is the premium members-only section 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 love the most. Here’s what TC+ members read the most this week:
The one slide 99% of founders get wrong: Between his time as a journalist, VC, and startup pitch coach, Haje has reviewed more pitch decks than anyone I know. The most common error he sees? It’s called “demand”.
How much money should you raise for your startup?: It’s a double feature from Haje this week, with his second most popular post tackling an all-too-common question: When it’s time to raise money for a startup, what’s the right amount?