April 5, 2023, 7:20 PM

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Romain Dillet / TechCrunch:
MobileCoin Chief Product Officer Bob Lee, who worked on CashApp as Square's CTO and on Android at Google, dies after being stabbed in San Francisco on April 4  —  Bob Lee, the chief product officer at MobileCoin, was killed in a fatal stabbing in San Francisco.
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Matt Novak / Forbes:
Twitter adds a “US state-affiliated media” label to NPR's account, seemingly contradicting Twitter's previous policy that used NPR as an example of an exception  —  Twitter added a warning to NPR's Twitter account on Tuesday, declaring it as “state-affiliated media,” …
Tom Henderson / Insider Gaming:
Source: Sony is developing a PlayStation handheld, codenamed Q Lite, featuring Remote Play with the PS5, an 8-inch 1080p LCD touchscreen, and adaptive triggers  —  Following days of speculation, Insider Gaming can report that there's a new PlayStation Handheld in development.
Mike Wheatley / SiliconANGLE:
Meta releases its Segment Anything Model and Segment Anything 1-Billion mask dataset, hoping to help researchers with computer vision and object identification  —  Artificial intelligence researchers at Meta Platforms Inc. said today that they're hoping to democratize a key aspect of computer vision.
Kazuyuki Okudaira / Nikkei Asia:
Meta CTO Andrew Bosworth says the company plans to begin commercializing its proprietary generative AI in 2023 and is at the “very forefront” of the LLM field  —  Facebook parent expects tech to help clients better reach audiences, reduce costs  —  TOKYO — Facebook owner Meta intends …
Ben Schoon / 9to5Google:
Report: Phil Harrison, the head of defunct cloud gaming service Google Stadia, left the company in January 2023; Harrison joined Google as a VP in January 2018  —  When Google launched Stadia, it put gaming industry veteran Phil Harrison at the lead.  Now, it's been confirmed Harrison has left the company.
Ian Allison / CoinDesk:
Source: Binance rejected buying Tron founder Justin Sun's Huobi stake due to Huobi's alleged ties to China; Sun's Huobi involvement is shrouded in secrecy  —  Binance has no interest in buying Huobi due to its rumored ties to China, according to a person familiar with the situation.
Abner Li / 9to5Google:
Google says Play Store apps that allow account creation will soon need to let users “initiate account and data deletion from within the app and online”  —  Google is continuing its work on Data safety in the Play Store by requiring that developers provide a way for users to delete their account data.
Aisha Malik / TechCrunch:
Substack unveils Notes, letting users share posts, quotes, images, links, and more, shown in a short form feed that “may look like familiar social media feeds”  —  Substack announced today that it's introducing a new Notes feature that is designed to let users share posts, quotes, comments, images, links and ideas.
Mark Gurman / Bloomberg:
Sources detail Apple's gamble to shift production from China, including wooing other countries and assembling “tiger teams” to address supply chain weaknesses  —  In late March, when Tim Cook made his first public appearance in China since the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic …
Katharine Gemmell / Bloomberg:
In a probe begun in October 2022, Ofcom finds Amazon, Microsoft, and Google may be harming UK cloud market competition and plans to refer the case to the CMA  — Inc. and Microsoft Corp.'s cloud services could face a full-blown antitrust probe in the UK after the country's digital regulator …
MacKenzie Sigalos / CNBC:
A week ahead of Ethereum's Shanghai and Capella upgrades, ETH is up 6% over the past three days, surpassing $1,900 to a nine-month high and outperforming BTC  —  - Ether is trading at a nine-month high and has outperformed bitcoin this week ahead of a major network upgrade.
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Saudi Arabia's Savvy Games Group plans to acquire US-based mobile game maker Scopely for $4.9B; Scopely was reportedly valued at $5.4B in October 2021  —  Savvy Games Group announced an agreement to acquire Scopely, a maker of mobile games including “Star Trek Fleet Command,” “Marvel Strike Force …
Aisha Counts / Bloomberg:
SimilarWeb: of the 2.6M people who visited the Twitter Blue sales webpage in March 2023, only 116K signed up; less than 1% of monthly users subscribe to Blue  —  Twitter Inc. is struggling to sell users on its new subscription product, Twitter Blue, according to a new report.
Rachel More / Reuters:
Germany's Bundeskartellamt designates Apple as a “company of paramount significance for competition across markets”, opening the door to antitrust curbs  —  Germany's antitrust regulator has opened the door for measures to curb Apple (AAPL.O) after deciding that the U.S. tech …
Sam Roberts / New York Times:
Bing Newcomb, who co-founded E*Trade in 1982, bringing stock trading to personal computers, and took the company public in 1996, died in January at 79  —  He wrote a program that allowed people to buy and sell stocks on their home computers and co-founded a company that reaped its benefits.
Ethan Shanfeld / Variety:
Nintendo designer Shigeru Miyamoto says “mobile apps will not be the primary path of future Mario games” after two moderately successful but dwindling iOS games  —  As Nintendo takes its shot at the box office with “The Super Mario Bros. Movie,” the first animated film featuring …

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