November 30, 2023, 9:25 PM

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Allison Johnson / The Verge:
Google says RCS in Google Messages now has over 1B MAUs, and adds Photomoji, Screen Effects, Custom Bubbles, and other features  —  First, the number: according to Google, over 1 billion monthly active users are using RCS in Google Messages.  That's huge, considering support was scarce …
Lawrence Bonk / Engadget:
Google rolls out updates to Android, Wear OS, and Google TV devices, including adding AI-created image descriptions and an Assistant Routines feature  —  Wear OS and Google TV are also getting new tools.  —  Google is rolling out a trio of system updates to Android, Wear OS and Google TV devices.
Sergiu Gatlan / BleepingComputer:
Apple releases emergency security updates for iOS, iPadOS, and macOS to fix two zero-days that may have been exploited, reaching 20 zero-days patched in 2023  —  Apple released emergency security updates to fix two zero-day vulnerabilities exploited in attacks and impacting iPhone, iPad …
Wall Street Journal:
Sources: Meta plans to launch Threads in Europe in December, the largest expansion since its July debut, offering a choice of using Threads without a profile  —  Expansion is expected in December, a signal of company's commitment to microblogging service  —  Facebook parent Meta Platforms plans …
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Meta expands the keyword search feature of Threads to all markets where the app is available, with support for “all languages”  —  Instagram's Twitter/X rival, Threads, is becoming more competitive with the expansion of its keyword search feature to all markets where the app is available.
New York Times:
Some marketing agencies say their brands don't plan to return to advertise on X, and others are advising brands to stop posting on X, after Elon Musk's comments  —  Elon Musk, the owner of X, criticized advertisers with expletives on Wednesday at The New York Times's DealBook Summit.
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David Pierce / The Verge:
How OpenAI's low-key ChatGPT launch a year ago kickstarted a generational shift in the tech industry and what it means for the future of AI and the world  —  OpenAI didn't mean to kickstart a generational shift in the technology industry.  But it did.  Now all we have to decide is where to go from here.
Sarah Young / Reuters:
Microsoft plans to spend £2.5B in the UK over three years, its largest investment in the country to date, to underpin AI growth, including by bringing 20K+ GPUs  —  Microsoft's (MSFT.O) plan to pump 2.5 billion pounds ($3.2 billion) into Britain over the next three years …
Foo Yun Chee / Reuters:
The BEUC and its members follow noyb in filing a complaint against Meta's €9.99+/month subscriptions in the EU, saying the tier amounts to charging for privacy  —  Meta Platforms' (META.O) advertising-free subscription service, a fee-based offering rolled out in Europe this month …
A US district judge issues a preliminary injunction blocking Montana's first-of-its-kind state ban on TikTok from taking effect on January 1  —  A U.S. judge late on Thursday blocked Montana's first-of-its kind state ban on the use of short-video sharing app TikTok from taking effect on Jan. 1.
AJ Vicens / CyberScoop:
Meta officials say the US stopped proactively sharing information on foreign influence operations, as the company releases its Q3 2023 Adversarial Threat Report  —  Russia, Iran and China are likely to conduct influence operations via fake social media accounts ahead of the 2024 election, a new Meta report says.
Joe Rossignol / MacRumors:
Apple says Amkor will package some Apple silicon chips in its new Arizona facility; Amkor plans to invest $2B, employ 2,000, and start production in 2-3 years  —  As part of its efforts to expand its U.S. manufacturing, Apple today announced that Amkor will package some Apple silicon chips …
Rachel Metz / Bloomberg:
OpenAI CEO Sam Altman says that co-founder Ilya Sutskever won't be a board member, but that the company is “discussing how he can continue his work at OpenAI”  —  - Sam Altman is officially back as CEO of the AI startup  — Mira Murati will retain her post as chief technology officer
Alex Heath / The Verge:
Indian IT giants Infosys and Wipro cut college recruitment in October as global demand cools, leaving hundreds of thousands of tech graduates in peril  —  India's giant tech firms are curbing hiring, adding to the youth unemployment problem in the country  —  For years, India's tech graduates …
Dalvin Brown / Wall Street Journal:
On December 1, Google will start deleting personal Google accounts that have been inactive for at least two years; once deleted, no data can be recovered  —  How to revive your Google account before it's too late  —  Google will start to sweep away cobweb-collecting Gmail accounts this week.
Aidin Vaziri / San Francisco Chronicle:
Filings: Broadcom plans to lay off 1,267 VMware employees in California starting on January 26 and about 600 workers in Washington, Colorado, and Georgia  —  Barely a week after completing the $69 billion acquisition of the Palo Alto cloud computing company VMware, Broadcom has started the process of significant workforce reductions.
Emma Roth / The Verge:
WhatsApp begins letting users hide locked chats behind a secret code, after introducing locked chats in May 2023, rolling out globally in the coming months  —  WhatsApp is introducing a new way to keep your locked chats away from prying eyes.  Instead of having your locked chats folder visible …
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Ian King / Bloomberg:
Nvidia CEO Jensen Huang says the US is “somewhere between a decade and two decades away from” chip independence and reaffirms his company's commitment to China  —  Nvidia Corp. Chief Executive Officer Jensen Huang, who runs the semiconductor industry's most valuable company …
Meta sues the FTC, claiming its in-house trials violate the Constitution, and asks a court to halt the agency's bid to change a $5B privacy settlement in 2020  —  - Suit says agency proceedings violate constitutional rights  — FTC sought to amend privacy pact over alleged broken promises

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