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October 3, 2023, 7:10 PM

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Sam Schechner / Wall Street Journal:
Sources: in September, Meta pitched EU regulators a plan to charge Facebook and Instagram users a subscription to avoid ads, starting at ~€10/month for desktop  —  European users would have option to pay fee or agree to personalized ads, according to company's pitch to regulators
Wall Street Journal:
Sources: Netflix plans to raise the price of its ad-free service a few months after the Hollywood actors strike ends, likely starting with the US and Canada  —  Company to become latest streamer to lift fees; Disney weighs launching new live-sports tier abroad
Kif Leswing / CNBC:
Jef Feeley / Bloomberg:
A US judge rules X violated its duties to cover employee legal expenses and must pay $1.1M in fees to Parag Agrawal, Vijaya Gadde, and other former executives  —  - Former CEO, general counsel say Twitter stiffed them on fees  — X's lawyers said amount of fees sought was a ‘clear abuse’
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Bill Toulas / BleepingComputer:
Oligo Security finds since-patched RCE flaws in open-source AI model-serving tool TorchServe and vulnerable instances at tens of thousands of IP addresses  —  A set of critical vulnerabilities dubbed ‘ShellTorch’ in the open-source TorchServe AI model-serving tool impact tens of thousands …
Josh Ye / Reuters:
Apple starts requiring a Chinese government license to publish new apps on its China App Store, after China tightened its mobile app oversight in August 2023  —  Apple (AAPL.O) has started requiring new apps to show proof of a Chinese government licence before their release on its China App Store …
Dana Mattioli / Wall Street Journal:
The FTC's lawsuit against Amazon details a company algorithm that raised product prices and held them there if rivals followed, allegedly showing consumer harm  —  The strategy, as described in redacted parts of FTC lawsuit, is part of agency's case that Amazon has outsize influence on consumer prices
Brody Ford / Bloomberg:
Zoom unveils collaborative document editing, featuring the ability to include information and AI-generated summaries from Zoom meetings, set to arrive in 2024  —  - AI tools will be bundled for free, product chief says  — Company files patents on ‘nonverbal cues,’ product placement
Ian King / Bloomberg:
Intel plans to turn its programmable chip unit created from its Altera acquisition into a standalone business, by selling shares publicly or seeking an investor  —  “Over the next two to three years, Intel intends to conduct an IPO for PSG and may explore opportunities with private investors …
Kalhan Rosenblatt / NBC News:
MrBeast asks whether social media platforms are “ready to handle the rise of AI deepfakes” after a deepfake scam TikTok ad, since deleted, used his likeness  —  MrBeast, whose real name is Jimmy Donaldson, called the rise of AI deepfakes “a serious problem” in response to a fake ad circulating online.
Imran Rahman-Jones / BBC:
The FCC fines Dish Network $150K for failing to move its old EchoStar-7 satellite far enough away from others in use, marking the agency's first space junk fine  —  The US government has issued its first ever fine to a company for leaving space junk orbiting the Earth.
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
LinkedIn unveils new OpenAI-powered AI features, including a LinkedIn Learning coach, a marketing campaigns tool, and for its Recruiter and Inside Sales tools  —  LinkedIn — the Microsoft-owned social platform for those networking for work or recruitment — is now 21 years old, an aeon in the world of technology.
Sara Fischer / Axios:
Meta VP of Media Partnerships Campbell Brown says she's stepping down from the role in the fall but staying on as a consultant, as Meta backs away from news  —  Campbell Brown, the veteran TV anchor who led Meta's foray into news, is leaving the company, according to an internal note obtained by Axios.
New York Times:
Spotify starts offering Premium subscribers 15 hours of audiobook streaming per month across 150K+ titles, first in the UK and Australia, and the US this winter  —  A year after adding à la carte sales of audiobooks, Spotify is offering paying subscribers 15 hours of books a month.

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