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July 12, 2023, 6:55 AM

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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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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.
Ben Thompson / Stratechery:
Twitter's best defense against Threads may be to refocus on news and reactions from people you follow, leaving growth via algorithmic feeds to Threads  —  If you're only going to tweet once every 11 years, then you better make it count; the best way to do just that is to pull off a well-executed meme:
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:
Linux distribution company SUSE plans to create a hard fork of Red Hat Enterprise Linux, investing $10M into the project over the coming years  —  A storm is brewing in open-source land that could change the Linux distro landscape  —  Today, SUSE announced that it is creating a hard fork …
Andrew Deck / Rest of World:
A look at the global freelancer labor force on sites like 99designs, some of whom are early generative AI adopters and are most at risk of being replaced by AI  —  The global labor force of outsourced and contract workers are early adopters of generative AI — and the most at risk.  —  R
New York Times:
Microsoft says Chinese hackers gained access to US government email accounts and had access to some accounts for a month before the breach was detected  —  The hack, by a Chinese group that the company said was intent on conducting espionage, went undetected for a month.  —  Reporting from Washington
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.
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.
Kevin Roose / New York Times:
Interviews with executives and staff at Anthropic reveal how an obsession with AI safety and ties to effective altruism influence the startup's decisions  —  Anthropic, a safety-focused A.I. start-up, is trying to compete with ChatGPT while preventing an A.I. apocalypse.  It's been a little stressful.
Rachel Metz / Bloomberg:
Catherine Thorbecke / CNN:
A California law firm launches a class-action suit against Google, alleging user data scraping without consent for AI training, after a similar OpenAI suit  —  Google was hit with a wide-ranging lawsuit on Tuesday alleging the tech giant scraped data from millions of users without their consent …
Mark Maurer / Wall Street Journal:
Accounting firm KPMG plans to invest $2B in AI and cloud services globally over the next five years through an expanded partnership with Microsoft  —  Expanded partnership with Microsoft is expected to bring in $12 billion in revenue for KPMG over five years, the Big Four accounting firm says

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