October 13, 2023, 8:05 PM

Top News

Tom Warren / The Verge:
Microsoft completes its Activision Blizzard acquisition after a 20-month battle with regulators in the UK and the US; Bobby Kotick will remain CEO through 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 $68.7B Activision Blizzard acquisition, after Microsoft reformed the deal to sell some Activision 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.
Tom Warren / The Verge:
A look at Microsoft's deal with Ubisoft, which now gets the cloud gaming rights for Call of Duty and current Activision games outside of the EU for 15 years  —  Microsoft's giant Activision Blizzard deal is complete, and it means Ubisoft has now obtained cloud streaming rights for Call of Duty …
Jo Marchant / Nature:
A student wins a contest to read the text inside a carbonized Roman scroll, which had been unreadable since a volcanic eruption in AD 79, using an ML algorithm  —  A 21-year-old computer-science student has won a global contest to read the first text inside a carbonized scroll …
Sarah Fielding / Engadget:
Meta responds to the EU's concerns about Israel-Hamas war misinformation, saying the company formed an operations center, restricted certain hashtags, and more  —  The company has created a new operations center with experts fluent in Hebrew and Arabic.  —  Meta has shared an updated content …
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 …
Canon begins selling nanoimprint chip machines, which impress circuit patterns onto wafers without photolithography, likely avoiding trade curbs, to rival ASML  —  - Japanese optics specialist seeks to close gap with Dutch rival  — Chipmaking machinery has been focus of US sanctions on China
Yogita Khatri / The Block:
Tether promotes long-time CTO Paolo Ardoino to CEO, starting in December, and plans to become a “tech-centric organization”; the 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.”
New York Times:
In five hours of cross-examination, SBF's lawyer 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.

Sponsor Posts
Browse salary data from 3,000 startups for free  —  Click for FREE, immediate access to real-time compensation benchmarking data.  Paid version helps HR automate comp reviews and communicate total compensation to employees.
LLMs can label data as well as humans, but 100x faster  —  Looking to clean, label or enrich your data, but taking too much time?  Just describe your problem to our LLMs and let them do the work for you in minutes.
5 steps to choosing the right HR software for your startup  —  Managing a startup is not easy.  You'll constantly have to hire new employees, set a vision for your organization, manage investors, build the brand, and a lot more.
Web3 Security: Safeguarding Digital Assets in a Decentralized World  —  Discover crucial Web3 security practices in the ever-evolving landscape of decentralization and digital assets.
Techmeme Ride Home:
Fri. 12/01 - iPhones To Go All-Action (Button)
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 8:05 PM 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

New York Times:

Earlier Picks

Ian King / Bloomberg:
Blake Brittain / Reuters:
Sarah Wynn / The Block:
Ben Schoon / 9to5Google:
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Andy Greenberg / Wired: