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October 3, 2023, 9:10 PM

Top News

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
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Tom Warren / The Verge:
Microsoft unveils new OneDrive features, like Copilot integration coming in December, a Fluent design refresh for its web app, better offline support, and more  —  Microsoft is announcing the third generation of its OneDrive cloud storage today, complete with the company's AI-powered Copilot system …
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
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 …
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.
David Yaffe-Bellany / New York Times:
Michael Lewis' new book, Going Infinite, depicts SBF as delusional, but says his FTX collapse explanations have “remained irritatingly difficult to disprove”  —  “Going Infinite,” by Michael Lewis, offers a behind-the-scenes account of Mr. Bankman-Fried's rise and fall.
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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.
The Information:
Sources: Anthropic is in talks to raise at least $2B from Google and others, seeking a $20B-$30B valuation, and projects a revenue of $200M by the end of 2023  —  Anthropic, one of the main rivals of OpenAI, is in talks with investors to raise at least $2 billion in new funding …
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
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 …
Nikhilesh De / CoinDesk:
A US judge rejects the SEC's motion to file an interlocutory appeal against the Ripple ruling and sets an April 2024 trial date for resolution of other issues  —  XRP rallied about 5% following the decision.  —  Register Now  —  A federal judge has rejected the U.S. Securities …
Timi Cantisano / XDA Developers:
Samsung announces the 6.4" Galaxy S23 FE for $599, the 10.9" Galaxy Tab S9 FE for $449, the 12.4" Galaxy Tab S9 FE+, and the Galaxy Buds FE for $99  —  The Galaxy S23 FE, Tab S9 FE, and Buds FE usher in a new lineup of affordable Samsung products.  —  KEY TAKEAWAYS
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.
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.

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