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August 30, 2023, 12:55 PM

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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 …
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 …
Steve Dent / Engadget:
Samsung launches Food, a “personalized” AI-based food and recipe app in eight languages and 104 countries, drawing on a 160K+ recipes from Whisk, bought in 2019  —  It builds on Whisk, an app it acquired a few years back.  —  As it promised last week, Samsung has launched Food …
Amir Efrati / The Information:
Source: OpenAI is on pace to generate more than $1B in revenue over the next 12 months by selling software and computing capacity, up from just $28M in 2022  —  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 …
Jennifer Pattison Tuohy / The Verge:
JBL announces the $330 Authentics 200, $700 Authentics 500, and portable $430 Authentics 300 speakers, the first smart speakers to have both Alexa and 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.
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 …
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.
Jon Porter / The Verge:
Fairphone announces the €699 Fairphone 5, offering a 6.46-inch 90Hz OLED display, dual 50 megapixel cameras, and 30W fast charging, shipping on September 14  —  The Fairphone 5 is the latest sustainably produced and repairable handset from Dutch smartphone company Fairphone.
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.
Leo Lewis / Financial Times:
Sources: Chinese-backed hackers breached Japanese cybersecurity agency NISC's email system; experts link the July 4 ransomware attack on Port of Nagoya to China  —  Infiltration comes as allies scrutinise Tokyo's defences against hacking  —  The organisation responsible for Japan's national defences …
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.
Blassy Boben / Reuters:
India says 32+ international electronics firms, including HP, Dell, Asus, Acer, and Lenovo, applied to the country's $2B incentive program under “Make in India”  —  At least 32 international electronics companies have applied to India's incentive programme to make laptops …
Mark Sullivan / Fast Company:
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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