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September 15, 2023, 3:45 PM

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Natasha Lomas / TechCrunch:
Ireland's DPC fines TikTok €345M after finding the company in breach of GDPR in relation to its handling of children's data and gives three months to comply  —  It's been a long time coming but TikTok has finally been found in breach of the European Union's General Data Protection Regulation …
Elizabeth Pineau / Reuters:
Niket Nishant / Reuters:
Instacart raises its proposed IPO price range to $28 to $30, up from $26 to $28, seeking to sell 22M shares at an up to $10B valuation after Arm's stellar debut  —  Grocery delivery app Instacart on Friday raised the proposed price range for its initial public offering …
Ivan Mehta / TechCrunch:
X partners with Au10tix to offer paid users government ID-based account verification, which is not available in the EU or the UK, likely due to strict data laws  —  X, formerly Twitter, has launched government ID-based account verification for paid users to prevent impersonation and give them benefits such as “prioritized support.”
Victoria Song / The Verge:
Google confirms the company does not offer repair options for cracked Pixel Watch screens; Google's hardware warranty policy does not cover accidental damage  —  If you crack the screen on the Pixel Watch, getting it officially repaired by Google isn't in the cards.
Financial Times:
Sources: Meta is exploring whether to show ads in WhatsApp and charge a subscription fee to use the app without ads; WhatsApp denies working on such a feature  —  Talks are at an early stage, sources say, as Facebook parent looks for new ways to increase revenue
Victor Tangermann / Futurism:
Microsoft's Start news website published a garbled, seemingly AI-generated obit for former NBA player Brandon Hunter, headlined, “Brandon Hunter useless at 42”  —  Former NBA player Brandon Hunter passed away unexpectedly at the young age of 42 this week, a tragedy that rattled fans …
Jonathan Stempel / Reuters:
Google agrees to pay California $93M to settle a lawsuit accusing the company of tracking users for commercial gain even after they turned off Location History  —  Google will pay California $93 million to resolve a lawsuit accusing the search engine company of misleading consumers about its location tracking practices.
Rest of World:
How some Chinese data labeling companies hired by Baidu, Alibaba, and JD.com to train AI are exploiting vocational school students via data labeling internships  —  As part of China's digital underclass, vocational school students work as data annotators - for low pay and little future prospects.
Brody Ford / Bloomberg:
Salesforce plans to hire 3,300 people across sales, engineering, and its data cloud product, after cutting 10% of its workforce, or ~8,000 jobs, in January 2023  —  - New hires will be split among sales, engineering, data cloud  — Many hires will be boomerang employees, CEO Benioff says
Jon Victor / The Information:
Sources: Google gave a small group of companies access to an early version of its Gemini AI model, suggesting the company is close to launching the GPT-4 rival  —  Google has given a small group of companies access to an early version of its highly anticipated conversational artificial intelligence software …
Mehul Srivastava / Financial Times:
MGM was likely hacked by Scattered Spider, an English-speaking group that previously used help desk calls to get passwords and planned to hack the slot machines  —  Person claiming to represent cybercriminals explains techniques used to evade detection by casino resort company
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