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Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
A subreddit with 1.5M members, r/PoliticalHumor, challenges Texas' content moderation law by mandating that comments include “Greg Abbott is a little piss baby”  —  Last year, I tried to create a “test suite” of websites that any new internet regulation ought to be “tested” against.

Melissa Repko / CNBC:
Walmart debuts metaverse experiences Walmart Land and Walmart's Universe of Play in Roblox, which it calls a testing ground, to try to reach younger shoppers  —  - Walmart is entering the metaverse with two experiences, Walmart Land and Walmart's Universe of Play, in gaming platform Roblox.

Michael McSweeney / The Block:
California, New York, and other states take action against crypto lender Nexo, from sending cease and desists to suing, focusing on interest-bearing accounts  —  A group of U.S. state regulators announced an array of legal actions against crypto lender Nexo on Monday. is tired of Slack and wonders if you are too. That's an ambitious way to enter a market. Discussed with Jason Shellen.

Yogita Khatri / The Block:
Sources: crypto derivatives exchange Deribit raised ~$40M from existing investors at a $400M valuation; source: it raised $100M in 2021 at a $2.1B valuation  —  - Crypto derivatives exchange Deribit has raised funds from existing shareholders at a $400 million valuation, sources tell The Block.

Bill Toulas / BleepingComputer:
Researchers found 75 apps on Google Play and 10 on Apple's App Store that engaged in ad fraud and collectively had 13M installs; Apple and Google removed them  —  Security researchers have discovered 75 applications on Google Play and another ten on Apple's App Store engaged in ad fraud.

Ben Thompson / Stratechery:
A look at Nvidia's issues, including crypto mining demand collapsing and GPUs flooding second-hand markets, and opportunities, including gaming and data centers  —  Nvidia investors have been in the valley before:  —  This chart, though, is not from the last two years …

Romain Dillet / TechCrunch:
Paris-based Not So Dark, which offers tools for restaurants to run a delivery-only business alongside their usual operations, raised an $80M Series B  —  French startup Not So Dark has raised an $80 million Series B funding round led by Kharis Capital and Verlinvest, with Convivialité Ventures also participating.

Review of the $699 AMD Ryzen 9 7950X, built on Zen 4 with 16 cores: higher single- and multi-threaded performance and superb efficiency helps beat Intel's chips  —  Back at CES 2022, which was held in Las Vegas earlier at the beginning of the year, AMD announced that its new Zen 4 core would be coming sometime in the second half of 22.

Wall Street Journal:
An overview of Twitter and Elon Musk's legal battle so far: the judge wants to focus the case on the contractual agreement, sparring over discovery, and more  —  The Delaware judge presiding over the takeover dispute has begun to set the contours of the October trial

Kyle Wiggers / TechCrunch:
Cloudflare announces Zero Trust SIM, a US-only, device-specific eSIM for iOS and Android, and carrier partner program Zero Trust for Mobile Operators  —  Are smartphones ever entirely secure?  It depends on one's definition of “secure,” particularly when dealing with corporate environments.

Benj Edwards / Ars Technica:
A New York-based artist received copyright registration on their comic featuring artwork by Midjourney, the first known US copyright for latent diffusion AI art  —  Registration of AI-assisted comic comes amid fierce online debate about AI art ethics.  —  In what might be a first …

Stephanie Bodoni / Bloomberg:
The UK's ICO could fine TikTok £27M after provisionally finding that the company may have breached data protection rules by failing to protect children's data  —  ByteDance Ltd.'s TikTok faces a possible fine of 27 million pounds ($28.9 million) after the UK's privacy watchdog provisionally found …

Christopher Weaver / Wall Street Journal:
Analysis: Amazon's regular trucking contractors were more than twice as likely as other companies to get unsafe driving scores from February 2020 to August 2022  —  Its regular contractors were more than twice as likely to receive unsafe driving scores compared with similar outfits; Amazon says its network is safe

Sources: Apple, Samsung, and Xiaomi fear disruptions and higher costs from supporting India's GPS alternative, NavIC, as the system would require new hardware  —  India is pushing tech giants to make smartphones compatible with its home-grown navigation system within months …

New York Times:
Sources: the US government and TikTok reached a preliminary agreement to resolve national security concerns without requiring China's ByteDance to sell the app  —  A draft agreement with the Biden administration to keep the Chinese-owned video app operating in the United States is under review.

Dear NY Times, I am a paying customer, and I do not want to use your app. I like the open web so please for fucks sake stop interrupting my reading with the constant nagging about how much better the fucking app is. I know you’ll ignore this, but wtf.

I got a comment from a reader, a journalist -- asking why images of writers from Puck are in the right margin of a few recent Scripting News pieces. At first they thought my site had been hacked. No, I put them there. Julia Ioffe got me started. I love head shots esp ones that stop at the chin. These were especially beautifully drawn head shots, in the spirit of the ones for that Dutch news org that hyped everyone into thinking they had figured out how to make news work in North America. Anyway I often put images in the right margins, it's an artistic thing, they set a mood and often they have nothing to do with the content they're adjacent to. They sometimes make pieces wrap better, to avoid egregious widows or orphans.