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September 29, 2023, 1:15 PM

Top News

Bloomberg:
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
Elizabeth Pineau / Reuters:
French authorities say they approved Apple's iPhone 12 software update that addresses radiation level concerns; Apple submitted the update on September 26  —  French authorities said on Friday they had approved Apple's AAPL.O software update of its iPhone 12 after a row over radiation levels of the device …
Wall Street Journal:
Sources: Apple executives met Chinese officials in recent months to discuss new rules forcing Apple to ban apps whose operators are not registered with China  —  Country's push to register foreign apps threatens to remove Facebook, Instagram and X from iPhone App Store in China
Jonathan Greig / The Record:
Progress Software, the company behind the widely exploited MOVEit file transfer tool, patches critical vulnerabilities in its WS_FTP Server data 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.
Jacquelyn Melinek / TechCrunch:
Lex Fridman / Lex Fridman Podcast:
In a Q&A using Meta's photorealistic Pixel Codec Avatars, Mark Zuckerberg discusses 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.
Washington Post:
The Supreme Court agrees to hear two cases concerning whether Florida and Texas can restrict social media companies from removing political posts or accounts  —  The Supreme Court on Friday said it would wade into the future of free speech online and decide whether laws passed in Texas …
Financial Times:
Sources: Linda Yaccarino plans an October 5 meeting with the seven banks that helped fund Elon Musk's takeover of X to lay out her plans to revive the company  —  Linda Yaccarino is next week planning to meet the seven banks that helped bankroll Elon Musk's takeover of X, formerly known as Twitter …
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 …
Aisha Malik / TechCrunch:
David Heaney / UploadVR:
Meta's Quest 3 is scheduled to get upper body tracking via its side cameras and AI estimated legs, called Generative Legs, in a software update in December 2023  —  Quest 3 is scheduled to get upper body tracking and AI estimated legs in a software update in December.

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