August 29, 2023, 11:05 PM

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Jay Peters / The Verge:
Google announces AI features coming soon to Meet, including Duet AI taking notes, showing mid-meeting summaries, and “attending” meetings on a user's behalf  —  If Google Meet's new AI tools are as good as advertised, you might never need to pay attention to another meeting again — or even show up at all.
Gerrit De Vynck / Washington Post:
Google unveils SynthID, a tool that can embed an invisible digital “watermark” into AI-generated images, available now to Cloud customers for Imagen-made images  —  The tech giant is among companies pushing out AI tools while promising to build more tools to protect against their misuse
Google adds other companies' AI tools, like Meta's Llama 2 and Anthropic's Claude 2, to Cloud, expands Duet AI in Workspace, partners with Fox Sports, and more  —  Alphabet Inc.'s Google is adding artificial intelligence tools from companies including Meta Platforms Inc. and Anthropic to its cloud platform …
David Pierce / The Verge:
Abner Li / 9to5Google:
Sergiu Gatlan / BleepingComputer:
The FBI led an effort to dismantle the Qakbot botnet, which ransomware gangs used as an infection vector for years, on August 25 after infiltrating its network  —  Qakbot, one of the largest and longest-running botnets to date, was taken down following a multinational law enforcement operation spearheaded …
Juli Clover / MacRumors:
Apple announces a September 12 event at 10am PT at Apple Park titled “Wonderlust”, where four iPhone 15 models, the Apple Watch Series 9, and more are expected  —  Apple today announced plans to hold a special event on Tuesday, September 12 at 10:00 a.m. Pacific Time.
Sheera Frenkel / New York Times:
Meta removes the largest Chinese influence campaign to date; the campaign spans thousands of accounts, and many are still active on TikTok, X, and Reddit  —  The campaign began at least four years ago and spanned thousands of accounts on Facebook, Instagram, TikTok, X, Substack and Chinese websites, Meta said.
Amir Efrati / The Information:
Source: OpenAI is on pace to generate more than $1B in revenue over the next 12 months from the sale of AI software and the computing capacity that powers it  —  OpenAI is currently on pace to generate more than $1 billion in revenue over the next 12 months from the sale of artificial intelligence software …
More: Bloomberg and Reuters
X: @amir, @ejzim, @benitoz, @scobleizer, and @pradeeepkLinkedIn: John CurtiusForums: r/singularity
Mark Sullivan / Fast Company:
A US court rules that the SEC must review its rejection of Grayscale's bid to convert the Grayscale Bitcoin Trust into an ETF after approving two bitcoin ETPs  —  A federal appeals court ordered the SEC to “vacate” its rejection of the trust issuer's bid to convert the Grayscale Bitcoin Trust into an exchange-traded fund.
Rebecca Klar / The Hill:
Meta rejects the Oversight Board's recommendation to suspend former Cambodian PM Hun Sen's account because doing so would “not be consistent with our policies”  —  Meta, the parent company of Facebook, rejected a recommendation from its Oversight Board to suspend the account …
Ivan Mehta / TechCrunch:
WhatsApp launches a new native macOS app via its website, coming soon to the App Store, that lets eight users join video calls and 32 users join audio calls  —  WhatsApp said that it has launched a new native app for Mac today.  The app will allow users to participate in video calls …
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
YouTube now lets creators take an educational training course when they receive a warning, which YouTube lifts if they don't violate the same policy for 90 days  —  YouTube announced this morning a change to its Community Guidelines that impact creators who break its rules.
Ryan Browne / CNBC:
Omdia: Apple shipped 26.5M iPhone 14 Pro Max units in H1 2023, the most out of any model from any manufacturer; Apple makes all four of the top-shipping models  —  - Last year, the iPhone 13 was the bestselling device on the market, indicating consumers were still buying flagship devices but at the entry level rather than the top end.
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:

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