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1 Elon Musk held a surprise meeting with American political leaders
Allegedly in the interest of ensuring that Twitter is “fair to both parties”. (Insider $)
+ Kanye West’s presidential campaign advisers have been kicked off Twitter. (Rolling stone $)
+ Twitter’s trust and security head is Musk’s biggest champion. (Bloomberg $)

2 We now treat covid like the flu
Annual covid shots are the next logical step. (The Atlantic Ocean $)

3 The Worst Of Sam Bankman-Fried’s Prison Spell?
Being cut off from the internet. (Forbes $)
+ Most crypto criminals only use five exchanges. (Wired $)
+ Collapsed crypto firm FTX has objected to a new inquiry request. (Reuters)

4 Israel’s technology sector revolts against the government
Tech workers fear that the harsh policy will harm startups. (FT $)

5 It is possible to fully power the world using renewable energy
At least, according to Stanford academic Mark Jacobson. (The protector)
+ Tech bros love the environment these days. (Slate $)
+ How new versions of solar, wind and batteries can help the power grid. (MIT Technology Review)

6 Generative AI is extremely expensive to run
And that’s why promising startups like OpenAI have to link their cars to those of Microsoft. (Bloomberg $)
+ How Microsoft capitalizes on the ChatGPT hype. (Vox)
+ BuzzFeed plans to make quizzes supercharged by OpenAI. (WSJ $)
+ Generative AI changes everything. But what remains when the hype is over? (MIT Technology Review)

7 It’s hard not to blame self-driving cars for accidents
Even if it’s not technically their fault. (WSJ $)

8 What it’s like to trade Google for TikTok
It’s great for food suggestions and hacks, but hopeless for anything work-related. (Wired $)
+ The platform is very keen to remain operational in the US. (Vox)
+ TikTok has been embroiled in a controversy over eyelashes. (Rolling stone $)

There are 9 CRISPR gene editing kits available to purchase online
But there is no guarantee that these experiments will actually work. (Motherboard)
+ Next up for CRISPR: Gene editing for the masses? (MIT Technology Review)

10 Tech employees livestream their layoffs
It’s a candid window into how these notoriously secretive companies treat their workforce. (The information $)

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