March 30, 2023, 5:50 AM

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Juli Clover / MacRumors:
Apple schedules WWDC 2023 for June 5 to June 9 as a virtual event with a June 5 keynote, where iOS 17, iPadOS 17, tvOS 17, watchOS 10, and macOS 14 are expected  —  Apple today announced that its 34th annual Worldwide Developers Conference will take place from Monday, June 5 to Friday, June 9.
Jay Peters / The Verge:
Microsoft says it is exploring placing ads in Bing Chat and sharing the ad revenue with partners whose content contributed to the chat response  —  It's the moment we've all been waiting for: ads are coming to Bing's AI-powered chatbot.  Microsoft corporate vice president Yusuf Mehdi …
Jonathan Greig / The Record:
Google's Threat Analysis Group details two limited but highly targeted spyware campaigns using several zero-day exploits against Android, iOS, and Chrome  —  Two targeted spyware campaigns involving several zero-day exploits for Android, iOS and mobile versions of the Chrome browser were unmasked …
Sarah E. Needleman / Wall Street Journal:
EA plans to lay off ~6% of its workforce and cut its office space, incurring $170M to $200M in restructuring charges; EA had nearly 13,000 employees in mid-2022  —  Publisher of ‘Madden NFL’ and other videogame series is also making office-space reductions  —  White-Collar Recession: Why Job Cuts Are Hitting Professional Workers
Jon Victor / The Information:
Sources: Google Brain and DeepMind have been forced to work together on a project known as Gemini to compete with OpenAI's GPT-4, after Bard's stumble  —  OpenAI's success in overtaking Google with an artificial intelligence-powered chatbot has achieved what seemed impossible in the past …
Sergiu Gatlan / BleepingComputer:
Researchers say hackers have compromised the 3CX VoIP IPBX desktop app, used by 600K+ companies and 12M+ daily users, in an ongoing supply chain attack  —  A digitally signed and trojanized version of the 3CX Voice Over Internet Protocol (VOIP) desktop client is reportedly being used to target …
New York Times:
How NetEase and Activision's 14-year partnership fell apart, in part due to China's tech crackdown, as filings show the deal was worth ~$750M in annual revenue  —  Activision Blizzard and NetEase could not agree on a new deal to distribute video games in China, cutting millions of players from the games in January.
Ivan Mehta / TechCrunch:
Google launches an Ads Transparency Center, showing all the ads from verified advertisers on its platforms, in the formats, the regions, and the dates they ran  —  Google is launching a new ad transparency center that will let users search for verified advertisers and their campaigns across …
Karissa Bell / Engadget:
Meghan Bobrowsky / Wall Street Journal:
WeMeta: the median price per square meter of land in Decentraland has dropped from ~$45 in 2022 to $5 in 2023, as the hype around the metaverse has receded  —  Disney and Microsoft both closed projects tied to the digital realm this month  —  Watch: What's the Future of the Metaverse?
James Reddick / The Record:
The FDA says approval for medical devices now requires meeting certain cybersecurity standards issued in the omnibus spending bill signed in December 2022  —  The Food and Drug Administration affirmed Wednesday that medical device manufacturers must now prove their products meet certain …
Justin Ling / Wired:
Docs: investments in 4chan include $800K from owner Hiroyuki Nishimura, $4.8M from his company, and $2.4M from Tokyo-based Good Smile, which makes Disney toys  —  Documents obtained by WIRED confirm that Good Smile, which licenses toy production for Disney, was an investor in the controversial image board.
Financial Times:
As Microsoft, Meta, Google, Amazon, Twitter, and others cut their responsible AI teams, experts worry about potential abuses, disinformation, and hallucination  —  Microsoft, Amazon and Google among those to cut ‘responsible AI’ teams as part of broader reductions
Mark Gurman / Bloomberg:
Netflix's iOS app code suggests the company may expand its video game service to TV sets for the first time, using phones as controllers  —  Netflix Inc. is working to bring its nascent video-game service to television sets for the first time, moving beyond smartphones and tablets in a sign of its growing ambitions.
Kyle Wiggers / TechCrunch:
Berlin-based Parloa, which uses AI and low-code tools to automate call center operations, raised a €20M Series A led by EQT Ventures  —  It's estimated that over $400 billion are spent annually to run customer contact centers around the world.  To cut costs, in recent years …
Wall Street Journal:
Nansen: Binance saw net outflows of $2.1B on Ethereum from March 20 to March 27, as the exchange raised fees, suffered software issues, and faces a CFTC lawsuit  —  In a tumultuous few days, crypto giant raises fees, suffers software issues and faces regulator lawsuit
Scott Chipolina / Financial Times:

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