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May 9, 2023, 5:05 PM

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Zac Hall / 9to5Mac:
Apple announces Final Cut Pro and Logic Pro for iPad, available as subscriptions on May 23; Final Cut requires an M1 or newer and Logic requires an A12 or newer  —  Mic drop moment for pro apps team at Apple this morning.  Apple just announced that Final Cut Pro and Logic Pro are officially and finally coming to iPad.
Angus Loten / Wall Street Journal:
Wendy's partners with Google to automate its drive-throughs using an AI chatbot that has been taught to upsell, rolling out in June 2023 to an Ohio restaurant  —  The fast-food chain has customized a language model with terms like ‘JBC’ for junior bacon cheeseburger and ‘biggie bags’ for meal combos
AJ Vicens / CyberScoop:
The US says the FBI disrupted a long-running Russian cyberespionage operation by inspecting FSB's Snake malware and decrypting and decoding its communications  —  A law enforcement effort dubbed “Medusa” targeted malware deployed by Moscow's Federal Security Service, officials said Tuesday.
Jess Weatherbed / The Verge:
Microsoft opens its Microsoft 365 Copilot Early Access Program to 600 customers, up from 20, and adds features, like a Semantic Index and DALL-E in PowerPoint  —  Microsoft is expanding preview access to its Microsoft 365 Copilot, a digital assistant based on OpenAI's GPT-4 …
Andy Greenberg / Wired:
Inside Big Pipes, a ~30-member FBI team responsible for three major cybercriminal takedowns over five years, killing dozens of “booter” DDOS-for-hire services  —  For a decade, a group called Big Pipes has worked behind the scenes with the FBI to target the worst cybercriminal “booter” services plaguing the internet.
Jody Godoy / Reuters:
A US judge sentences ex-Coinbase product manager Ishan Wahi to two years in prison for crypto insider trading; Wahi pled guilty to two counts in February 2023  —  Ishan Wahi, a former Coinbase Global Inc (COIN.O) product manager, was sentenced on Tuesday to two years in prison in what U.S. prosecutors …
James Vincent / The Verge:
Meta unveils ImageBind, an open-source AI model combining text, audio, visual, depth, thermal, and movement data, as rivals OpenAI and Google get more secretive  —  Meta has announced a new open-source AI model that links together multiple streams of data, including text, audio, visual data, temperature, and movement readings.
Anna Irrera / Bloomberg:
Goldman, Microsoft, Deloitte, Cboe, and others plan to test the Canton Network blockchain in July 2023, linking apps using Digital Asset's Daml smart contract  —  A group of firms including Goldman Sachs Group Inc, Microsoft Corp, Deloitte and Cboe Global Markets Inc are joining …
Bloomberg:
Nintendo expects to sell 15M Nintendo Switch consoles in FY 2023, below analyst estimates of 15.7M; the company sold 18M Switch consoles in FY 2022  —  Nintendo Co. expects to sell 15 million units of its Switch console this fiscal year, showing the extent of the slowdown for its six-year-old flagship product.
Anna Nicolaou / Financial Times:
Emma Roth / The Verge:
What to expect at Google I/O 2023: Pixel Tablet, Pixel 7A, foldable-focused Android 14 details, a Pixel 8 and 8 Pro preview, Bard updates, PaLM 2, and more AI  —  Google I/O is almost here, and that means the launch of the highly anticipated Pixel Fold and Pixel Tablet is right around the corner.
Kyle Wiggers / TechCrunch:
OpenAI releases alignment research and an open-source tool that uses GPT-4 to try to interpret the behavior of individual GPT-2 “neurons and attention heads”  —  It's often said that large language models (LLMs) along the lines of OpenAI's ChatGPT are a black box, and certainly, there's some truth to that.
More: OpenAITweets: @_akhaliq, @natfriedman, @openai, and @janleike
Michael Wayland / CNBC:
General Motors hires former Apple VP Mike Abbott to lead a newly created software unit starting on May 22; Abbott was VP of Engineering for Apple Cloud Services  —  - General Motors has hired former Apple executive Mike Abbott to lead a newly created software unit for the Detroit automaker.
Ryan Browne / CNBC:
Nikhilesh De / CoinDesk:
Kyle Wiggers / TechCrunch:
IBM debuts watsonx, a suite of AI services with seven pretrained models, and partners with Hugging Face to include thousands of models, datasets, and libraries  —  IBM, like pretty much every tech giant these days, is betting big on AI.  —  At its annual Think conference …
Adi Robertson / The Verge:
Dan Goodin / Ars Technica:
Google's passkey offering is refined and comprehensive enough to recommend, but the ecosystem is incomplete, despite PayPal, Kayak, and others using passkeys  —  The passkey ecosystem is far from complete, but Google's implementation is now ready to use.  —  By now, you've likely heard …

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