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September 19, 2023, 6:25 PM

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Tom Warren / The Verge:
FTC v. Microsoft: docs accidentally reveal an Xbox Series X refresh in 2024, codenamed Brooklin, including a cylindrical, diskless design and a new controller  —  Microsoft is planning to refresh its Xbox Series X console in 2024 with an all-new design and features.
The Verge:
Memo: Phil Spencer tells staff the FTC v. Microsoft documents leak is “disappointing” and that the company failed to live up to its confidentiality expectations  —  / ‘We all put incredible amounts of passion and energy into our work, and this is never how we want that hard work to be shared with the community.’
Push Square:
FTC v. Microsoft: in mid-2020, Phil Spencer said Microsoft was in M&A talks with Warner Bros Interactive and said acquiring Nintendo would be a “career moment”  —  “It'd be a good move for both companies”  —  A genuinely dystopian email sent by Xbox chief Phil Spencer …
Kevin Collier / NBC News:
After over 100 internal Microsoft Xbox documents leaked, the FTC says that “Microsoft was responsible for the error in uploading these documents to the court”  —  The files include emails from corporate executives like Microsoft Gaming CEO Phil Spencer and timetables for gaming releases.
Sean Hollister / The Verge:
FTC v. Microsoft: docs show Microsoft's gaming plans for 2028 include a “full convergence” of its cloud platform and hardware to deliver “cloud hybrid games”  —  The documents may also reveal Microsoft's far future plans for 2028 — by which the company believed it could achieve …
Ed Nightingale / Eurogamer.net:
Emma Roth / The Verge:
Google updates Bard to use data from Gmail, Docs, and Drive, not just the web, to help users find and summarize emails, highlight points in a document, and more  —  Google's Bard AI chatbot is no longer limited to pulling answers from just the web — it can now scan your Gmail, Docs …
Allison Johnson / The Verge:
iPhone 15 Pro and Pro Max review: USB-C, lighter, nicer to hold, a useful Action Button, and camera improvements, but no 5x telephoto on the smaller Pro  —  Apple didn't choose the USB-C life, but boy are we glad it got here anyway. … There are very few surprises from new smartphones these days.
Dan Seifert / The Verge:
iPhone 15 and 15 Plus review: nice to hold, Dynamic Island, great performance, and smart camera features, but no always-on display or ProMotion and slow USB-C  —  Apple's standard iPhone gets a lot of nice upgrades this year, but it's not anything we haven't seen before.
Ari Levy / CNBC:
Instacart closed up 12.33% in its Nasdaq debut, valuing the grocery delivery company at just over $11B; Instacart was valued at $39B in March 2021  —  - Instacart is the first notable venture-backed tech company to hit the U.S. public market since December 2021.
Justine Calma / The Verge:
The Chan Zuckerberg Initiative plans to build an AI GPU cluster of 1,000+ Nvidia H100 GPUs to run “openly available” models of human cells for medical research  —  Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan's foundation is funding the construction of a massive computing system for medical research.
Sean Hollister / The Verge:
Intel announces Meteor Lake, its first chips to use its new chiplet architecture, offering CPUs using its 7nm Intel 4 process node, will “launch” on December 14  —  For many months, Intel has spared no opportunity to remind us that its Meteor Lake chips would be the ones to watch …
Natasha Lomas / TechCrunch:
The UK's parliament passes the Online Safety Bill, in the works since 2019, paving the way for Royal Assent and the bill becoming law in the coming days  —  Controversial UK legislation that brings in a new regime of content moderation rules for online platforms and services …
Joseph Cox / 404 Media:
A look at ShadowDragon, which offers social media surveillance tools that gather data from games and more, used by ICE, the State Department, the DEA, and more  —  Daniel Clemens sits in a darkened room and speaks about why he thinks people should not protest.
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Crowdstrike confirms acquiring Bionic, which analyzes a company's tech and IT to find vulnerabilities, sources say for $350M; Bionic has raised ~$82M in total  —  Update: Crowdstrike has now officially confirmed the deal.  As we previously reported, Crowdstrike will merge Bionic's tech with its Falcon product.
Bill Toulas / BleepingComputer:
Trend Micro: Chinese cyberespionage group Earth Lusca used new Linux backdoor malware SprySOCKS to target government agencies in multiple countries in H1 2023  —  A Chinese espionage-focused hacker tracked as ‘Earth Lusca’ was observed targeting government agencies in multiple countries, using a new Linux backdoor dubbed ‘SprySOCKS.’

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