July 11, 2023, 11:43 AM

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Jordan Novet / CNBC:
A US court denies the FTC's bid for a preliminary injunction to stop Microsoft's Activision deal, saying the FTC's theories of harm were unlikely to succeed  —  - A federal judge in San Francisco ruled in favor of Microsoft and Activision Blizzard, which have been trying to complete their $68.7 billion deal by July 18.
WeChat says Apple has opened a store on the platform, letting users buy iPhones, iPads, and Macs; Apple already operates a store on Alibaba's Tmall  —  Tencent's (0700.HK) WeChat said on Tuesday that iPhone maker Apple (AAPL.O) had opened a store on its social media platform …
Rachel Metz / Bloomberg:
Anthropic releases AI chatbot Claude 2, available in the US and the UK via and an API for businesses; Anthropic raised $1B+, including $450M in May  —  Anthropic, an artificial intelligence startup positioning itself as the builder of a safer kind of chatbot, has released a new version of its AI bot, named Claude.
Susan Rinkunas / Jezebel:
A Nebraska woman pleads guilty to giving an abortion pill to her teen daughter after Meta complied with a warrant for messages between mother and daughter  —  Jessica Burgess faced eight years in prison for helping her then 17-year-old get abortion pills.  A plea deal brought it down to two.
Nick Clegg / Financial Times:
To mitigate AI risks, companies should be transparent about their systems, collaborate with the industry, stress test, and share details about their progress  —  The case for transparency is growing as the best way to combat fears on the developing technology  —  The writer is president of global affairs at Meta
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Phil Salvador / Video Game History Foundation:
Study: about 13% of video games released in the US before 2010 and less than 3% of titles released before 1985 are still in print in 2023  —  Today, the Video Game History Foundation and the Software Preservation Network published a major new study which shows that 87 percent of classic games released …
Rohan Goswami / CNBC:
Michael Shirer / IDC:
Global PC shipments declined 13.4% YoY to 61.6M in Q2 2023, the sixth consecutive quarter of decline; only Apple had positive growth, up 10.3% YoY to 5.3M units  —  Global PC shipments declined 13.4% year over year during the second quarter of 2023 (2Q23), according to preliminary results …
Emma Roth / The Verge:
Mark Lucovsky, former head of OS on Google's AR team, leaves, saying leadership changes and “unstable commitment and vision” weighed heavily on his decision  —  Mark Lucovsky, the former head of operating systems on Google's augmented reality team, has left the company.
Kyle Wiggers / TechCrunch:
Savvy, which helps secure SaaS apps from supply chain risks, data leaks via AI tools, and more, launches out of stealth with $30M in funding led by Canaan  —  Software-as-a-service (SaaS) apps are an essential part of how many companies do business.  But when the number of apps grows beyond …
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Javier Espinoza / Financial Times:
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Carly Page / TechCrunch:
Hacks using flaws in Progress's MOVEit tool have hit hundreds of organizations, now including TomTom, Radisson hotels, and real estate giant Jones Lang LaSalle  —  The MOVEit mass-hack has claimed yet more victims, including hotel chain Radisson, U.S.-based 1st Source Bank …
Qianer Liu / Financial Times:
Sources: China plans to force companies to gain a license before releasing generative AI tools, tightening April's draft rules and seeking to control content  —  Moves towards licensing system reflects Beijing's struggle to encourage technology while censoring information
Martin Pengelly / The Guardian:
With Twitter traffic “tanking” and Threads ascendant, Elon Musk says Mark Zuckerberg “is a cuck” and proposes “a literal dick-measuring contest”  —  Twitter owner calls Facebook founder a ‘cuck’ as rancour grows over launch of Threads, a competitor to Musk's network
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Nicole Carpenter / Polygon:
Sega of America workers win their union vote 91 to 26, becoming the first video game industry union at a major company that spans multiple departments  —  Allied Employees Guild Improving Sega win by overwhelming majority  —  Sega of America workers voted “yes” to officially form a union.
A look at “lazy management”, an alternative explanation to the claim that some tech employees drag down companies by raking in big paychecks and working little  —  Inside the perverse system of ‘lazy management’ that's wrecking the tech industry … When Graham was hired by Amazon, it sounded like his dream job.
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