October 13, 2023, 10:25 AM

Top News

Tom Warren / The Verge:
Microsoft completes Activision Blizzard acquisition after a 20-month battle with regulators in the UK and US; Bobby Kotick will remain CEO until the end of 2023  —  The Verge exclusively reported last week that Microsoft was planning to close today, and now it's official.
Samuel Tolbert / Windows Central:
The UK CMA approves Microsoft's ~$69B Activision acquisition, after Microsoft restructured the deal to sell some of Activision's cloud gaming rights to Ubisoft  —  The final roadblock has been removed.  —  What you need to know  — UK regulatory authority the CMA granted Microsoft approval to purchase Activision Blizzard.
Jason Schreier / Bloomberg:
CD Projekt used AI to recreate the voice of Miłogost Reczek, a Polish voice actor who died in 2021, for Cyberpunk 2077's new Polish DLC, after asking his family  —  Gamemaker says it consulted with family of the late Miłogost Reczek  —  Polish video game developer CD Projekt SA …
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Google updates its Search Generative Experience with the ability to generate images using prompts and to write drafts that can be customized for tone and length  —  Google's AI-powered search feature, SGE (Search Generative Experience), is gaining some new skills, starting today.
Yogita Khatri / The Block:
Tether promotes long-time CTO Paolo Ardoino to CEO, starting in December, and envisions becoming a “tech-centric organization”; current CEO will be an advisor  —  - Stablecoin issuer Tether promoted its long-time CTO Paolo Ardoino to CEO as it envisions becoming a “tech-centric organization.”
Blake Brittain / Reuters:
Google vows to defend users of generative AI tools in Google Cloud and Workspace from copyright claims; Microsoft, Adobe, and others have made similar pledges  —  Google (GOOGL.O) said on Thursday that it will defend users of generative artificial-intelligence systems in its Google Cloud …
New York Times:
In five hours of cross-examination, SBF's lawyers did not elicit any revelations or inconsistencies from Caroline Ellison, who said SBF made “terrible mistakes”  —  Mr. Bankman-Fried's lawyers sought to poke holes in Ms. Ellison's testimony, but her account remained largely consistent.
Javier Espinoza / Financial Times:
The EU opens an investigation into X over hosting disinformation tied to Hamas' Israel attack and sends X a formal request for information under the DSA  —  Investigation is first under bloc's Digital Services Act and follows letter raising concerns about platform
Alex Konrad / Forbes:

Sponsor Posts

We need startups to fight prompt injection, the top LLM security risk  —  Check out our AI security market map, and reach out if you're building a way to defend chatbots from this new hacking technique.
Tribe AI:
Is AI just hype?  —  Find out how top enterprises use Tribe to get real business results.
Techmeme Leaderboards:
Discover the top reporters on AI, VR, policy, and much more  —  We've analyzed Techmeme's news crawl to identify the most influential and prolific writers on 48 news topics.  Download reports immediately for just $100.
Gamification in remote support: Turning troubleshooting into a fun challenge  —  Over the next few minutes, explore the transformative realm of gamification in remote support.  Imagine turning troubleshooting …
Techmeme Ride Home:
Wed. 02/28 - The Apple Car Project Is Dead
The day's tech news, every day at 5pm ET. Fifteen minutes and you're up to date.
Subscribe via Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or RSS.

About This Page

This is a Techmeme archive page. It shows how the site appeared at 10:25 AM ET, October 13, 2023.

The most current version of the site as always is available at our home page. To view an earlier snapshot click here and then modify the date indicated.

More News

Justin Ling / Wired:
Michael Kan / PCMag:
Ian King / Bloomberg:

Earlier Picks

Lucas Shaw / Bloomberg:
Sarah Wynn / The Block:
Ben Schoon / 9to5Google:
Akash Sriram / Reuters:
Andy Greenberg / Wired: