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October 22, 2023, 2:05 PM

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Mark Gurman / Bloomberg:
Sources: Apple was caught off guard by the generative AI fever and is on course to spend ~$1B/year to deploy the tech across iOS 18, Siri, Music, and other apps  —  But the company is now preparing its response and plans to develop features for its full range of devices.
Hartley Charlton / MacRumors:
Gurman: Apple is planning a “Mac-centered product launch” by the end of October that could see the release of an updated 24-inch iMac  —  Apple is planning a Mac-focused product launch, likely including the announcement of a refreshed 24-inch iMac, for the end of this month, Bloomberg's Mark Gurman reports.
Beth Wang / Bloomberg Law:
A US jury finds Google guilty of gender bias and awards female executive Ulku Rowe $1M+, in the first such case filed against Google after 2018's mass walkouts  —  Google LLC treated female executive Ulku Rowe differently than other employees because of her gender and must pay her more than $1 million …
More: The Verge and Engadget
Rohan Goswami / CNBC:
Okta's stock closed down 11.57% on October 20 after the cybersecurity firm said a hacker used a stolen credential to access its support system and client files  —  - Cybersecurity firm Okta said an unidentified hacker had accessed the company's support system and viewed client files.
Amy Thomson / Bloomberg:
Paddy Cosgrave steps down as the CEO of Web Summit, which plans to appoint a new CEO; the event, set to start on November 13 in Lisbon, will go ahead as planned  —  Paddy Cosgrave has stepped down from his role as chief executive officer of Web Summit after his remarks following attacks …
Elizabeth Dwoskin / Washington Post:
How Russia helped overthrow governments in Burkina Faso and the surrounding French-speaking Sahel region using wide-ranging online disinformation campaigns  —  This never-before-told tale reveals how covert online battles in the French-speaking Sahel region helped topple governments.
Jay Peters / The Verge:
Twitch now lets creators simulcast across any live streaming service, with caveats, and adds doxxing and swatting to its Off-Service Conduct enforcement list  —  Previously, streamers could simulcast on mobile platforms like TikTok and Instagram, but as of Friday, Twitch is significantly broadening …
Steve Lohr / New York Times:
A look at the Allen Institute for AI's plan to build “open” generative AI model OLMo; the nonprofit research center is led by former Apple ML leader Ali Farhadi  —  The nonprofit Allen Institute for AI, led by a respected computer scientist who sold his company to Apple, is trying to democratize cutting-edge research.
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
SCOTUS pauses a ruling banning Biden administration officials from contacting social media platforms about misinformation and agrees to hear the DOJ's appeal  —  The court agreed to hear the administration's appeal, setting the stage for a major ruling on what the government may do to encourage sites to delete asserted misinformation.
Wall Street Journal:
Q&A with Fei-Fei Li and NTIA head Alan Davidson on regulating AI, tech competition between the US and China, representation of women and PoC in AI, and more  —  Fei-Fei Li of Stanford and the Commerce Department's Alan Davidson agree that artificial intelligence has the potential to do a lot of good.

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