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May 25, 2021, 9:20 PM

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Sam Machkovech / Ars Technica:
Sources say Valve is making a Switch-like portable gaming PC that could launch by year's end  —  We can confirm some, but not all, of what's in store for the codenamed “SteamPal.”  —  Video game and hardware studio Valve has been secretly building a Switch-like portable PC …
Kyle Wiggers / VentureBeat:
Microsoft debuts Microsoft 365 updates, including tools for developers to integrate deeper into Teams, Graph updates, and Outlook message extensions on the web  —  Microsoft today announced a number of improvements across Microsoft 365, its line of subscription services offered as a part of Microsoft Office.
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:
Microsoft, an investor in OpenAI, says it's now using the GPT-3 model in its low-code Power Apps service to translate natural language text into code  —  Unlike in other years, this year's Microsoft Build developer conference is not packed with huge surprises — but there's one announcement …
Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet:
Weeks after announcing plans to shut down Azure Blockchain, Microsoft debuts Azure Confidential Ledger, adding a layer of security and scalability to blockchain  —  Microsoft is launching a preview of is Azure Confidential Ledger service, its new Blockchain-based secure ledger.
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Satya Nadella teases a “next generation of Windows” announcement “very soon”; the revamped Windows will likely have big UI changes, a new store, and more  —  Windows is getting big UI changes, a new store, and more  —  Microsoft isn't talking about its big Windows plans …
Lauren Feiner / CNBC:
DC attorney general sues Amazon on antitrust grounds, claiming the company's practices have unfairly raised prices for consumers and suppressed innovation  —  Washington, D.C. Attorney General Karl Racine announced Tuesday he's suing Amazon on antitrust grounds, claiming the company's practices …
Ben Thompson / Stratechery:
A breakdown of the different arguments pertaining to the App Store and how they were presented and discussed in the Epic vs Apple trial  —  Arguments in Epic Games, Inc. v. Apple Inc. wrapped up yesterday; Judge Yvonne Gonzales Rogers noted she had thousands of documents to pore over …
Jon Fingas / Engadget:
Arm unveils Cortex-X2 CPU, which it says offers 30% more performance than current high-end Android phones, and Mali-G710 for Chromebooks and high-end phones  —  first new chip architecture in a decade, it's ready to show the CPU designs that will take advantage of those improvements.  The company has
Matt Stroud / The Verge:
Chicago PD constantly surveilled a man after its predictive policing system said he'd be involved in a shooting, but not whether he'd be the shooter or victim  —  Robert McDaniel's troubles began with a knock on the door.  It was a weekday in mid-2013, as he made lunch in the crowded three-bedroom house …
Sean O'Kane / The Verge:
Tesla says deliveries of Model 3 and Y vehicles in North America will no longer be equipped with radar for Autopilot and instead rely on a camera-based system  —  Autopilot will rely on cameras from here on out in the Model 3 and Model Y  —  Tesla has stopped building forward-facing radar sensors …
Kyle Bradshaw / 9to5Google:
Google says it's rolling out its Fuchsia OS to first-gen Nest Hubs as an update, replacing Cast OS; the new OS will not change any functionality of the device  —  Google's long-in-development, from-scratch operating system, Fuchsia, is now running on real Made by Google devices, namely, the first-generation Nest Hub.
Washington Post:
In a first, DHS will issue mandatory rules regulating cybersecurity for pipelines, initially to require incident reporting, after Colonial's ransomware attack  —  Two directives will seek oversight of the industry after a ransomware attack upended gas availability in the southeast U.S. for 11 days.
Thomas Brewster / Forbes:
Big Sur 11.4 fixes a bug that let malware capture screenshots and camera footage using other apps' permissions; researchers found ~400 instances of the malware  —  It's time to update your Apple Mac again, as malware that secretly takes screenshots has been spotted exploiting a serious weakness in macOS security.
Haroon Siddique / The Guardian:
European court of human rights rules that GCHQ's bulk interception of online communications violated the right to privacy  —  Judgment follows legal challenge begun in 2013 after Edward Snowden's whistleblowing revelations  —  GCHQ's methods for bulk interception of online communications violated …
Mara Hvistendahl / The Intercept:
A look at Oracle's effort to sell Endeca software to Chinese authorities beginning in 2012, and how Oracle touted its use in Chicago for predictive policing  —  As he helped plan massive demonstrations in Chicago to protest the 2012 NATO summit, Matt McLoughlin knew he was up against a formidable police force.
Megan Graham / CNBC:
Report: Amazon's ad revenue is 2.4x larger than the combined revenue of Snap, Twitter, Roku, and Pinterest, and is growing 1.7x as quickly  —  - The major growth in Amazon's advertising unit means its revenue contribution is now 2.4 times larger than Snap, Twitter, Roku and Pinterest combined …

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