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August 30, 2023, 1:40 PM

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Richard Lawler / The Verge:
An image with the alt text “A person takes a call on a Pixel 8 Pro phone in Porcelain” popped up on a Google Store page displaying the as-yet-unannounced device  —  Continuing the storied tradition of Google's Pixel devices being some of the most-leaked hardware ever …
Abner Li / 9to5Google:
Google announces a hardware event on October 4 at 10am ET in New York City, where the company is expected to unveil the Pixel 8, Pixel 8 Pro, and Pixel Watch 2  —  Google this morning announced that it will be hosting its annual Pixel hardware event on Wednesday, October 4.
Reuters:
Huawei quietly launches the ~$960 Mate 60 Pro, giving no advance notice and releasing no ads; some investors speculate that Huawei used its own 5G chip  —  Chinese chip stocks rallied on Wednesday following Huawei Technologies' (HWT.UL) launch of its new Mate 60 Pro phone …
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Microsoft plans to address an “unintended behavior” causing malware-like notification pop-ups in Windows 11 for months that promote Bing search in Chrome  —  I thought I had malware on my main Windows 11 machine this weekend.  There I was minding my own business in Chrome …
Steve Dent / Engadget:
Samsung launches Food, an AI-powered food and recipe app in eight languages and 104 countries, with 160K+ recipes based on a database by Whisk, acquired in 2019  —  It builds on Whisk, an app it acquired a few years back.  —  As it promised last week, Samsung has launched Food, a …
Jennifer Pattison Tuohy / The Verge:
JBL announces the $330 Authentics 200, $700 Authentics 500, and portable $430 Authentics 300, the first smart speakers featuring both Alexa and Google Assistant  —  Three new JBL smart speakers from Harman will be the first to offer simultaneous voice assistants, so you can ask Alexa to start the music and then ask Google to stop it.
Amir Efrati / The Information:
Source: OpenAI is on pace to generate $1B+ in revenue over the next 12 months by selling its AI tools and the computing capacity for them, up from $28M in 2022  —  OpenAI is currently on pace to generate more than $1 billion in revenue over the next 12 months from the sale …
Lora Kolodny / CNBC:
In July 2023, the NHTSA ordered Tesla to provide data on Autopilot's “Elon mode”, which eliminates prompts for drivers to their keep hands on the wheel  —  - Tesla received a special order from the National Highway Transportation Administration in late July requiring …
Lora Kolodny / CNBC:
Court filing: X faces 2,200 arbitration cases from employees laid off after Elon Musk took over; the filing fees alone could be $3.5M for such a volume of cases  —  - Elon Musk's X Corp. is facing 2,200 arbitration cases, a court filing in Delaware revealed on Monday.
Jon Porter / The Verge:
Fairphone announces the €699 Fairphone 5, with a 6.46" 90Hz OLED display, dual 50MP cameras, 30W charging, and eight years of patches, shipping on September 14  —  The Fairphone 5 is the latest sustainably produced and repairable handset from Dutch smartphone company Fairphone.
Caiwei Chen / Rest of World:
Chinese sextortion scammers have flooded X, harassing political dissidents and influential opinion leaders since the site added paid blue checks in April 2023  —  Scammers are targeting Chinese-language users, harassing political dissidents and influential figures.
Jordyn Holman / New York Times:
GOP AGs from 16 states express concerns to the SEC about Shein filing for a US IPO and urge the agency to have Shein prove the company doesn't use forced labor  —  A group of state attorneys general urged the S.E.C. to make the fast fashion company prove it doesn't use forced labor if it files to go public.
Leo Lewis / Financial Times:
Sources: Chinese hackers accessed Japanese cybersecurity agency NISC's emails for up to nine months; experts: China may be behind Port of Nagoya's July 4 attack  —  Infiltration comes as allies scrutinise Tokyo's defences against hacking  —  The organisation responsible for Japan's national defences …
Casey Newton / Platformer:
Meta's Oversight Board took 234 days to rule in an incitement to violence case involving Cambodian PM Hun Sen, revealing the board's glacial pace for operations  —  Today let's talk about one of the most important cases that Meta's Oversight Board has heard to date — and how the process ultimately revealed …
Matthew Lynley / Supervised:
Google Cloud unveils Vertex AI improvements to better compete with Azure AI Studio and Amazon Bedrock; Nvidia announces PaxML, built on Google's JAX framework  —  Google is in the middle of trying to avoid repeating history when releasing its industry-altering technology.

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