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May 23, 2023, 2:00 PM

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Frank X. Shaw / The Official Microsoft Blog:
Microsoft plans to add Copilot to Dynamics 365, Power Platform, and more, roll out Bing to Windows 11 taskbar and Skype, announces Bing plugins, and more  —  You only need two simple letters to accurately convey the major shift in the technology space this year: A and I. Beyond those letters …
Nilay Patel / The Verge:
An interview with Microsoft CTO Kevin Scott, who manages the OpenAI partnership, as Microsoft adds Copilots to everything from Office to Terminal to Edge  —  Microsoft is putting AI Copilots in everything.  Will it change the way we use computers? … Microsoft CTO Kevin Scott …
Chance Miller / 9to5Mac:
Apple announces a “multiyear, multibillion-dollar” deal with Broadcom to develop and manufacture 5G and wireless components, including FBAR filters, in the US  —  Apple has announced a major new partnership with Broadcom, one of its long-time supplier partners.
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:
Microsoft launches Fabric, a new end-to-end data platform that aims to create a unified compute infrastructure and a single data lake for analytics workloads  —  Microsoft today launched Microsoft Fabric, a new end-to-end data and analytics platform (not to be confused with Azure Service Fabric).
Yuvraj Malik / Reuters:
Shutterstock plans to acquire Giphy from Meta for $53M in cash, after the UK CMA blocked Meta's acquisition in 2022; Meta can still access Giphy content  —  Stock photos repository Shutterstock Inc (SSTK.N) said on Tuesday it would buy animated-images platform Giphy Inc from Meta Platforms Inc (META.O) for $53 million in cash.
Jess Weatherbed / The Verge:
Google launches Product Studio, a tool that lets merchants edit product images using generative AI for free, rolling out to US sellers in “the next few months”  —  Google is launching Product Studio, a new tool that allows Google Shopping merchants to quickly edit and customize …
Reuters:
Sources: in 2020 and 2021, Binance commingled customer funds with revenue; a source says the sums ran into billions of dollars in Silvergate-held accounts  —  The world's largest cryptocurrency exchange, Binance, commingled customer funds with company revenue in 2020 and 2021 …
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New York Times:
US Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy releases a 19-page report arguing social media can have a “profound risk of harm” for kids and teens and calls for action  —  Dr. Vivek H. Murthy urged immediate action from policymakers, tech companies and parents to safeguard against potential harms.
Kyle Wiggers / TechCrunch:
Anthropic, a generative AI startup co-founded by OpenAI veterans, raised a $450M Series C led by Spark Capital, with Google, Salesforce, and Zoom participating  —  Anthropic, the prominent generative AI startup co-founded by OpenAI veterans, has raised $450 million in a Series C funding round led by Spark Capital.
Chris Welch / The Verge:
WBD launches Max, offering substantially more 4K content than HBO Max via a $19.99/month Ultimate plan, but for more than the outgoing $15.99/month ad-free plan  —  When Max goes live on May 23rd, the new Warner Bros. Discovery streaming service will offer substantially more 4K entertainment than HBO Max ever did.
Andrew J. Hawkins / The Verge:
Uber and Waymo sign a multiyear partnership to “make the Waymo Driver available to more people” via Uber, starting in Phoenix with a “set number” of Waymo cars  —  Waymo's robotaxis will be available to hail for rides and food delivery on Uber's app in Phoenix later this year …
Jess Weatherbed / The Verge:
Adobe launches Generative Fill in beta for Photoshop, one of the first Creative Cloud apps to use its generative AI Firefly tool, rolling out fully in H2 2023  —  / Generative Fill will arrive in Photoshop in ‘the second half of 2023.’  —  Adobe Photoshop is getting a new generative AI tool …
Andrew Marino / The Verge:
Huw Jones / Reuters:
Securities watchdog IOSCO proposes the first global crypto rules, covering conflicts of interest, custody, and more, aiming to finalize them by the end of 2023  —  International securities watchdog IOSCO on Tuesday proposed the first global approach to regulating cryptoasset markets …
Mark Gurman / Bloomberg:
Peloton revamps its app to offer a $24/month tier with unlimited hardware-based classes and a free tier without live classes, alongside its $13/month tier  —  Peloton Interactive Inc. is revamping its mobile fitness app to offer three different tiers, including an upscale version that will cost $24 a month …
Umar Shakir / The Verge:
Amazon announces the $230+ 11-inch Fire Max 11, offering a sleeker design, slim bezels, a MediaTek SoC, support for a new keyboard with a trackpad and a stylus  —  For years, Amazon's Fire tablet lineup has consisted of smaller seven-inch, medium eight-inch, and larger 10-inch screen options …
Sundar Pichai / Financial Times:
Building AI responsibly matters more than the competitive race, one company cannot fulfill AI's potential, and global cooperation, especially US-EU, will be key  —  Fulfilling the technology's potential is not something that one company can do alone  —  The writer is CEO of Google and Alphabet

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