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May 24, 2023, 3:45 PM

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Mark Gurman / Bloomberg:
Sources: Apple plans a smart-home display-like mode in iOS 17, with notifications and information like weather, when an iPhone is locked and in landscape mode  —  Apple Inc. is planning a new interface for iPhones that shows information such as calendar appointments, the weather and notifications …
Bloomberg:
Sources: some Meta employees say important work has been at a standstill and the company's 2023 product roadmap is undecided, as its final round of layoffs ends  —  Meta Platforms Inc. employees received news Wednesday of the final round of previously announced job cuts …
Sergiu Gatlan / BleepingComputer:
The US Treasury sanctions four entities and one individual over North Korea's “army” of illicit IT workers, often based in Russia and China, and cyberattacks  —  The Treasury Department's Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) announced sanctions today against four entities …
New York Times:
Sources and documents: TikTok employees have regularly posted user data on messaging tool Lark, used by ByteDance, leading some staff to raise privacy concerns  —  Employees of the Chinese-owned video app have regularly posted user information on a messaging and collaboration tool called Lark, according to internal documents.
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Philip Bump / Washington Post:
Elon Musk's intent in buying Twitter apparently was not only to dismantle a traditional media tool but also to turn Twitter into a right-wing media heavyweight  —  It was only a year ago that Elon Musk, then simply the guy who was hoping to buy Twitter, insisted that his politics sat squarely at the center of the national spectrum.
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Surface Pro X owners say the laptop's cameras stopped working this week; a workaround suggests the problem could be related to an expired security certificate  —  Surface Pro X owners are reporting that the cameras on their devices have stopped working this week.
Rafaela Lindeberg / Bloomberg:
European gaming giant Embracer says a “groundbreaking strategic partnership” worth $2B+ collapsed and slashes its 2023 profit forecast; EMBRAC-B drops 40%+  —  One of Europe's largest gaming companies has slashed its profit forecast for the year after a planned partnership fell through worth more than $2 billion in revenue.
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Stephanie Bodoni / Bloomberg:
The EU General Court dismisses Meta's challenge to EU regulators seeking vast amounts of data to build an antitrust case; Meta first opposed the request in 2020  —  Meta Platforms Inc. lost a court fight with European Union regulators who demanded vast amounts of data to help build an antitrust case against the social-network giant.
Matt Day / Bloomberg:
Six weeks after Amazon demoed its generative AI tech with an unusually vague announcement and just one testimonial, most cloud customers still don't have access  —  Amazon.com Inc.'s cloud customers are clamoring to get their hands on the ChatGPT-style technology the company unveiled six weeks ago.
Adi Robertson / The Verge:
Hands-on with Sudowrite's Story Engine, a generative AI tool for writing long-form fiction novels that works better than expected but still has big limitations  —  Thoughts are swarming my mind like a nest of cyber-rats. … Last week, generative fiction tool Sudowrite launched a system for writing whole novels.
Andy Robinson / Video Games Chronicle:
Sony sold ~600K PlayStation VR2 units in the headset's first six weeks of availability after its February 22 launch, 8% more than for the PSVR's first six weeks  —  PlayStation VR2's early sales are ahead of what its PS4-powered predecessor managed, Sony has claimed.
Misha Savic / Bloomberg:
A Montenegro court overturns a lower court's decision that would have let Terraform Labs co-founder Do Kwon be released on €400K bail; Do Kwon remains in jail  —  A Montenegrin court has annulled a lower court's decision under which former crypto mogul and Terraform Labs co-founder Do Kwon would be released on bail.
Reuters:
Sources, reports, and analysis: Chinese hackers targeted the Kenyan government from late 2019 until at least 2022 to gather information on debt owed to China  —  Chinese hackers targeted Kenya's government in a widespread, years-long series of digital intrusions against key ministries and state institutions …
Stephen Witt / Rest of World:
An influx of digital nomads, about half from the US, to Medellín, Mexico City, and other cities boosts local economies, but locals complain of being priced out  —  Cities from Canggu to Medellín are welcoming tech workers, but locals complain they're being priced out.
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Steve Nadis / Quanta Magazine:
An April 2023 study suggests that the human brain's neurons and artificial neural networks with general-purpose neurons process language sounds in similar ways  —  Researchers uncover striking parallels in the ways that humans and machine learning models acquire language skills.  —  How do brains learn?

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