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July 11, 2023, 9:05 PM

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Jordan Novet / CNBC:
A US court denies the FTC's preliminary injunction bid to stop Microsoft's Activision deal, as the FTC “has not shown it is likely to succeed” in showing harm  —  - 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.
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Tom Warren / The Verge:
Microsoft and the UK CMA agree to a “stay of the litigation” to negotiate a restructured Activision Blizzard deal, after a US court denied the FTC an injunction  —  Microsoft and the UK's Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) have both agreed to pause their legal battle …
Mark Hachman / PCWorld:
Intel plans to stop making its Next Unit of Compute (NUC) products, primarily known for small form factor PCs, ceding the market to its ecosystem partners  —  Intel's belt-tightening continues as it hands off small-form-factor PC development to Lian Li, Cooler Master, and others.
Rachel Metz / Bloomberg:
Anthropic releases AI chatbot Claude 2, available in the US and the UK via claude.ai and an API for businesses; Anthropic has raised $1B+, $450M in May 2023  —  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.
Andy Greenberg / Wired:
A US court sentences Roger Thomas Clark, Silk Road's second-in-command behind Ross Ulbricht, to 20 years, after his extradition from Thailand in June 2018  —  Roger Thomas Clark, also known as Variety Jones, will spend much of the rest of his life in prison for his key role in building the world's first dark web drug market.
Susan Rinkunas / Jezebel:
A Nebraska woman pleads guilty to ordering and helping her 17-year-old daughter take abortion pills after Meta complied with a warrant for messages between them  —  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.
Michael Shirer / IDC:
Global PC shipments fell 13.4% YoY to 61.6M in Q2 2023, the sixth consecutive quarter of decline; in the top five, only Apple gained, 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 …
Nikhilesh De / CoinDesk:
The US DOJ arrests a security engineer on wire fraud and money laundering charges for “fraudulently” taking $9M in crypto from a DEX by faking pricing data  —  The DOJ alleged that Shakeeb Ahmed stole $9 million from a crypto exchange that operates on Solana, through a flash loan attack last year.
Kyle Barr / Gizmodo:
Nothing plans to launch the Phone (2) for $599+ in the US, Europe, and the UK on July 17; the device has a Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 and rear “glyph” lights in zones  —  The new device is an upgrade from the Phone (1)—a better processor, improved camera, and even more signature LED glyphs—with a $599 price tag.
Nick Clegg / Financial Times:
To mitigate AI's risks, companies should be transparent about how their systems work, collaborate across industries, stress test, and detail 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
Phil Salvador / Video Game History Foundation:
Study: about 13% of video games released in the US before 2010 and less than 3% of titles in the US released before 1985 are still available for sale in 2023  —  Today, the Video Game History Foundation and the Software Preservation Network published a major new study which shows that 87 percent …
Mike Isaac / New York Times:
Threads can avoid Google+'s failure by not simply relying on the scale of Meta's existing products, but by giving users a compelling reason to keep coming back  —  Mark Zuckerberg has used Meta's might to push Threads to a fast start — but that may only work up to a point.
Echo Wang / Reuters:
Sources: ByteDance will allow restricted shares held by US employees to vest before the company's IPO, in an effort to appease restless employees  —  ByteDance, the Chinese owner of short video app TikTok, will allow shares owned by U.S. employees to vest without waiting for the company …
Reuters:
WeChat says Apple opened a store on its platform, letting its users buy products including iPhones, iPads, and Macs; Apple already has a shop 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 …
Emma Roth / The Verge:
Mark Lucovsky, the 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.

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