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September 19, 2023, 11:25 PM

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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.’
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.
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.
Sammy Barker / 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 …
Ed Nightingale / Eurogamer.net:
Sean Hollister / The Verge:
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 …
Casey Newton / Platformer:
More: Ars TechnicaThreads: @crumblerX: @mcwm, @ilyaabyzov, @aurman21, and @kelvin_guu
Mariam Sunny / Reuters:
Neuralink opens enrollment for the first human trial of its brain implant for paralysis patients, which is expected to take about six years to complete  —  Billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk's brain-chip startup Neuralink said on Tuesday it has received approval from an independent review board …
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:
Ari Levy / CNBC:
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 …
Kyle Wiggers / TechCrunch:
OpenAI launches the Red Teaming Network, a contracted group of experts to help inform the company's AI model risk assessment and mitigation strategies  —  In its ongoing effort to make its AI systems more robust, OpenAI today launched the OpenAI Red Teaming Network, a contracted group …
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:
The Linux Foundation launches the Unified Acceleration Foundation to create an open standard for accelerator programming, an evolution of the oneAPI initiative  —  At the Open Source Summit Europe in Bilbao, Spain, the Linux Foundation today announced the launch of the Unified Acceleration (UXL) Foundation.
Sean Hollister / The Verge:
Intel unveils Core Ultra, code-named Meteor Lake, its first chips using a new chiplet architecture built on its 7nm Intel 4 process node, launching December 14  —  For many months, Intel has spared no opportunity to remind us that its Meteor Lake chips would be the ones to watch …
Ehren Kret / Signal:
Signal announces PQXDH, a new cryptographic specification meant as a first step to advance quantum resistance for the Signal Protocol  —  The Signal Protocol is a set of cryptographic specifications that provides end-to-end encryption for private communications exchanged daily by billions of people around the world.
Hayden Field / CNBC:
How Airbnb Head of Trust and Safety Naba Banerjee cut parties reported on the service by 55% from 2020 to 2022 and launched an anti-party AI system in May 2023  —  - As the person in charge of Airbnb's worldwide ban on parties, Naba Banerjee has spent more than three years figuring out how to battle party …
Shubham Sharma / VentureBeat:
Tabular, which provides an independent storage platform based on Apache Iceberg, raised $26M led by Altimeter Capital, bringing its total funding to $37M  —  California-based Tabular, an independent data platform built by the creators of Apache Iceberg, today announced $26 million in a fresh round of funding.
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