September 26, 2023, 4:25 PM

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The FTC and 17 US states sue Amazon for allegedly using monopoly power to keep its prices artificially high, push sellers to pay fees, and harm its rivals  —  - Amazon is facing its first set of antitrust charges from the U.S. federal government after the Federal Trade Commission filed …
New York Times:
Over half of the testimony in the Google antitrust trial so far has been given behind closed doors thanks to arguments from Google, Microsoft, Apple, and others  —  Efforts to seal testimony have increasingly raised questions as the federal antitrust case enters its third week in court.
David Pierce / The Verge:
Eddie Cue's US v. Google testimony: Cue said Google was the only “valid” search choice for a deal; the DOJ noted Apple railed against Google's privacy policies  —  Eddy Cue, in a dark suit, peered down at the monitor in front of him.  The screens in the Washington, DC …
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Google plans to shut down Google Podcasts “later in 2024”, moving its streaming listeners to YouTube Music, which will support US podcasts and RSS feeds by 2024  —  Google announced this morning it will be shutting down its Google Podcasts app later in 2024 as part of its broader transition …
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Spotify launches Jam, a feature that lets up to 32 people curate a playlist together; only Premium subscribers can create Jams, but all users can contribute  —  Spotify is today introducing its latest social feature, Jam, which allows multiple people to blend their own musical tastes into a combined playlist.
The CIA is planning to roll out a ChatGPT-style tool across the 18-agency US intelligence community to give analysts better access to open-source intelligence  —  - Intelligence agency looking for ‘needles in the needle field’  — Program will help sift through huge amounts of available data
Andrew Cunningham / Ars Technica:
Review of macOS 14 Sonoma: a better stab at usable widgets, improved password manager, promising gaming enhancements, but more features are skipping Intel Macs  —  If at first you don't create usable desktop widgets, try, try again.  —  I was preparing to write an intro calling macOS Sonoma …
Dan Goodin / Ars Technica:
Lisa O'Carroll / The Guardian:
First EU DSA report: Twitter had the highest disinformation rate in H1 2023, followed by Facebook; TikTok closed ~6M fake accounts; YouTube closed 400+ channels  —  Musk is told his platform, now known as X, must comply with new laws designed to combat fake news and Russian propaganda
Aaron Holmes / The Information:
Sources: Microsoft is developing “distilled”, smaller AI models for features like Bing Chat that cost less to operate and mimic OpenAI's more advanced models  —  Microsoft's push to put artificial intelligence into its software has hinged almost entirely on OpenAI …
Sandali Handagama / CoinDesk:
Email: Chase bans crypto-linked payments for UK clients starting on October 16 as “fraudsters are increasingly using crypto assets to steal large sums of money”  —  Starting Oct. 16, the bank will decline customer attempts to make payments related to crypto assets via debit card or outgoing bank transfers.
Devin Coldewey / TechCrunch:
The US FCC announces plans to reinstate net neutrality and “return to the successful rules the Commission adopted in 2015”  —  Net neutrality is back on the menu, citizens.  After a long, long battle ending in eventual defeat during Trump's presidency, the FCC is set to reinstate rules …
The US SEC objects to Coinbase's role in Celsius' plan to emerge from bankruptcy, saying the proposal goes “far beyond the services of a distribution agent”  —  - Regulator objects to Coinbase distribution agreements  — Coinbase, Celsius each face separate lawsuits from the SEC
Kyle Wiggers / TechCrunch:
An OpenAI paper on GPT-4 with vision, or GPT-4V, shows some of the biases, shortcomings, and dangers of the model, and OpenAI's efforts to add safeguards  —  When OpenAI first unveiled GPT-4, its flagship text-generating AI model, the company touted the model's multimodality — in other words …
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Steve Dent / Engadget:
DJI Mini 4 Pro review: lightweight, improved obstacle avoidance, great ActiveTrack 360 subject tracking, 4K at 60fps, but expensive at $760+ and not crashproof  —  Better range, tracking and crash protection, plus ultra slow mo 4K  —  Last year, DJI showed what was possible in a small drone …

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