August 9, 2023, 2:45 AM

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Lily Hay Newman / Wired:
Intel fixes a flaw found by a Google researcher, affecting Skylake, Tiger Lake, and Ice Lake chips, that could let attackers steal passwords and other secrets  —  The vulnerability could allow attackers to take advantage of an information leak to steal sensitive details like private messages, passwords, and encryption keys.
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Netflix launches a game controller app on the App Store to let users play Netflix games on their TV; the app description says the feature is “coming soon”  —  After last fall signaling its intentions to expand into cloud gaming, Netflix today launched a new app that will soon allow subscribers to play games on their TV.
Ian King / Bloomberg:
Nvidia unveils the GH200 Grace Hopper Superchip, a combination GPU and CPU relying on high-bandwidth memory 3, or HBM3e, expected to enter production in Q2 2024  —  - Company is upgrading lineup that fueled $1 trillion valuation  — New chip could make it harder for rivals like AMD to catch up
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Samuel Axon / Ars Technica:
Dutch engineer Bram Moolenaar, who in 1991 released and then maintained the very popular Vim open-source code editor, died on August 3 at 62  —  The open source software legend left us on August 3 at age 62.  —  Computing as we know it today was built in no small part by individuals …
Nivesh Rustgi / Decrypt:
El Salvador grants Binance licenses to offer custodial services, process crypto payments, provide digital wallets, and operate a digital asset exchange  —  Today, El Salvador's central bank and crypto regulator granted Binance a Bitcoin Services Provider License (BSP) and Digital Assets Services Provider license (DASP)
Jesse Hamilton / CoinDesk:
The US Federal Reserve launches a program for overseeing banks' crypto activity and clarifies its pre-approval process for engaging with stablecoins  —  Fresh crypto guidance from the U.S. central bank doesn't represent a departure from previous policy, but it provides more details on what the Fed expects from banks.
Hugh Son / CNBC:
The SEC fines 11 Wall Street firms $289M total for poor recordkeeping by using apps including Signal, WhatsApp, and iMessage; CFTC fines four banks $260M total  —  - U.S. regulators on Tuesday announced a combined $549 million in penalties against Wall Street firms that failed to maintain electronic records of employee communications.
Kyle Bradshaw / 9to5Google:
Verizon is sunsetting BlueJeans, a business-focused video conferencing app it acquired in 2020, starting August 31, 2023, due to “the changing market landscape”  —  Did you know Verizon acquired a video conferencing app back in 2020?  It's fine if you haven't because Verizon …
Abner Li / 9to5Google:
Google updates Messages with group end-to-end encryption and turns RCS on by default for new and existing users, but some have to agree to their carrier's ToS  —  After testing group end-to-end encryption for the past few months, Google Messages has now fully rolled it out and is enabling RCS by default too.
The Guardian:
The UK Electoral Commission reports a hack by “hostile actors” starting in August 2021 and discovered in October 2022; the full scope isn't “conclusively” known  —  Names and addresses of 40 million registered voters were accessible as far back as 2021 after cyber-attack
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:
Google debuts Project IDX, an AI-enabled browser-based dev environment using the open-source Visual Studio Code and that integrates Google's PaLM 2-based Codey  —  Google today announced the launch of Project IDX, its foray into offering an AI-enabled browser-based development environment …
David Shepardson / Reuters:
NetChoice and Chamber of Progress back TikTok's lawsuit to stop a Montana law that is set to ban the use of the app on January 1, 2024  —  Two tech groups on Monday backed TikTok in its lawsuit seeking to block enforcement of a Montana state ban on use of the short video sharing app before it takes effect on Jan. 1.
Ben Schoon / 9to5Google:
YouTube will stop showing users recommended videos in some places, including the homepage, when watch history is turned off entirely  —  Recommended videos keep users engaged on YouTube, but starting today, YouTube will stop showing recommended videos in some places, such as the homepage, if your watch history is turned off entirely.
Catherine Perloff / Adweek:
Google changes the name of one of its advertising video formats from “in-stream ads” to “skippable ads”, after a report accused YouTube of misleading buyers  —  What was once in-stream ads are now skippable ads  —  Google changed the name of one of its video formats …
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Varsha Bansal / Rest of World:
A look at the Indian Institutes of Technology, established in the 1950s and 1960s to emulate MIT and now comprising 23 schools offering a path to tech success  —  Indian tech entrepreneur Kesavan Kandadai has many accomplishments under his belt: launching Amazon Prime Video in India and founding …
Wall Street Journal:
EchoStar co-founder Charlie Ergen strikes a deal to merge Dish and EchoStar, a move aimed at getting the funds for a wireless network to rival AT&T and Verizon  —  Deal aims to give Dish the financial flexibility it needs to compete in the next generation of wireless

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