September 29, 2023, 7:10 AM

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Sources: Microsoft discussed selling Bing to Apple around 2020, a deal that would have replaced Google as the default search engine on Apple's devices  —  - Microsoft executives pitched Apple's Cue on a deal around 2020  — Apple ultimately stuck with Google as default search engine
Ash Parrish / The Verge:
Epic Games lays off 16% of its workforce, or ~830 employees, divests from music storefront Bandcamp, and intends to spin off “kid-tech” company SuperAwesome  —  Bloomberg reports that Fortnite developer Epic Games is expected to lay off 16 percent of its workforce.
Wall Street Journal:
France's competition authority raided a “graphics cards sector” company this week as part of a cloud-computing inquiry; sources say the target was Nvidia  —  France's competition authority has expressed concerns that established companies in the sector could exclude smaller ones
Emma Roth / The Verge:
Google lets publishers use a robots.txt flag to opt out of the company using their data to train its AI models, while remaining accessible through Google Search  —  Google just announced it's giving website publishers a way to opt out of having their data used to train the company's AI models …
Jonathan Greig / The Record:
Progress Software, the company behind the widely exploited MOVEit file transfer tool, patches critical vulnerabilities in its WS_FTP Server file transfer tool  —  The company behind a popular file transfer service that was exploited by ransomware hackers has announced a new set of vulnerabilities affecting another file transfer tool.
Umar Shakir / The Verge:
Google plans to stop supporting its $5K, 55" Jamboard meeting room display on September 30, 2024 and phase out its collaborative Jamboard app on October 1, 2024  —  It's never a dull day at the Google graveyard — the company has blogged a Workspace update today announcing the end of its collaborative Jamboard whiteboarding software.
Lex Fridman / Lex Fridman Podcast:
In an interview using Meta's photorealistic Codec Avatars, Mark Zuckerberg talks about the metaverse, Quest 3, the nature of reality, AI, and humanity's future  —  - Watch the full YouTube version of the podcast  —  Table of Contents  —  Here are the loose “chapters” in the conversation.
Abner Li / 9to5Google:
Google rolls out ChromeOS 117 with a Material You redesign, adaptive charging, a new camera and microphone privacy indicator, an improved clipboard, and more  —  Google is rolling out ChromeOS 117, and it's a very big update for Chromebooks that adds Material You, as well as other usability enhancements.
David Heaney / UploadVR:
Meta's Quest 3 is scheduled to get upper body tracking and AI estimated legs, called Generative Legs, in a software update in December  —  Quest 3 is scheduled to get upper body tracking and AI estimated legs in a software update in December.  —  All other major VR systems only track your head and hands …
Carly Page / TechCrunch:
Google patches a Chrome zero-day that was exploited by a commercial spyware vendor, just two days after Google's Threat Analysis Group informed the Chrome team  —  Google has rushed to patch a zero-day vulnerability in Chrome that was exploited by a commercial spyware vendor.
Nikkei Asia:
Sources: Japan allocates up to $1.2B in subsidies for US chipmaker Micron's plant in Hiroshima prefecture to build DRAM chips by around 2026  —  Tokyo ratchets up financial support for U.S. chipmaker to bolster supply chains  —  Micron Technology's semiconductor plant in Higashihiroshima City.
The UK CMA says it is examining whether Qualcomm's purchase of Israeli auto-chip maker Autotalks would lessen competition in the UK market  —  Britain's antitrust regulator on Friday said it was examining whether Qualcomm's (QCOM.O) purchase of Israeli auto-chip maker Autotalks would lessen competition in the UK market.
Ryan McMorrow / Financial Times:
The Cyberspace Administration of China unveils rules to relax some cross-border data controls, in a bid to reassure businesses worried about US-China relations  —  Draft rules from cyber regulator aim to stem concerns over transfer of foreign business data  —  China has moved to water …
More: Bloomberg

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