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October 23, 2023, 10:25 PM

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Reuters:
Sources: Nvidia has begun designing ARM CPUs for Windows PCs, and AMD also plans to build ARM chips; source: Nvidia and AMD could start selling them in 2025  —  Nvidia (NVDA.O) dominates the market for artificial intelligence computing chips.  Now it is coming after Intel's longtime stronghold of personal computers.
Melissa Heikkilä / MIT Technology Review:
A look at Nightshade and Glaze, UChicago researchers' tools that help artists “mask” or even “poison” their work to break AI models later trained on the data  —  The tool, called Nightshade, messes up training data in ways that could cause serious damage to image-generating AI models.
NBC News:
The White House designates 31 communities across the US as regional Tech Hubs that can compete for $40M to $75M each in grants, under the CHIPS and Science Act  —  The hubs are located in 32 states and Puerto Rico and will be able to compete for $40 million to $75 million each in grants.
Jennifer Pattison Tuohy / The Verge:
Matter hits version 1.2, adding support for robot vacuums, refrigerators, washing machines, dishwashers, smoke and CO alarms, air quality sensors, and more  —  One year in, and Matter is adding support for fridges, robot vacuums, smoke alarms, and more.  It's a major step toward a complete smart home …
Karissa Bell / Engadget:
Meta is “listening to feedback” after some users noticed the company is cross-posting Threads posts to users' Facebook feeds without offering an opt-out option  —  The company said it's “listening to feedback” about the feature.  —  Meta is starting to ramp up its growth-hacking tactics …
Dan Goodin / Ars Technica:
Umar Shakir / The Verge:
Bloomberg:
Japan's FTC opens an investigation into Google over alleged antitrust violations, focusing on whether the company asked OEMs to prioritize its search services  —  - The FTC said it is looking into Google's business practices  — The US is mounting a broad investigation into the company
Wes Davis / The Verge:
Microsoft updates Excel to fix automatic data formatting after scientists reworked the alphanumeric symbols for representing genes in 2020 to avoid Excel issues  —  In 2020, scientists decided just to rework the alphanumeric symbols they used to represent genes rather than try to deal …
Mayank Parmar / BleepingComputer:
Google proposes IP Protection for Chrome, an opt-in privacy feature that masks IP addresses via proxy servers for “qualifying traffic”, to roll out in stages  —  Google is getting ready to test a new “IP Protection” feature for the Chrome browser that enhances users' privacy …
Hayden Field / CNBC:
Databricks plans to acquire data startup Arcion, which has raised $18M+, for $100M, after raising $500M in September and acquiring MosaicML for $1.3B in June  —  - Databricks agreed to acquire Arcion, an enterprise data company, for $100 million on Monday, including incentives …
Jess Weatherbed / The Verge:
Tinder rolls out Matchmaker, which lets loved ones view and recommend potential matches in the US, the UK, and 13 other countries ahead of a global launch soon  —  If you're the kind of person who asks friends and family for help with your love life, Tinder is aiming to make things a little easier …
Push Square:
Sony sold 2.5M copies of Marvel's Spider-Man 2 in the first 24 hours after its October 20 release, becoming the fastest-selling PlayStation Studios game ever  —  Over 2.5 million copies in 24 hours  —  Well, it looks like Sony's got another blockbuster on its hands.
Kate Park / TechCrunch:
MangoBoost, which develops data processing units for data centers, raised a $55M Series A, sources say at a ~$300M valuation, bringing its total funding to $65M  —  The central processing unit (CPU) and the graphics processing unit (GPU) handle different types of data.
Muyao Shen / Bloomberg:
Parity Technologies, the developer of Polkadot, which helps different blockchains communicate with each other, is laying off ~100 staff, or 30% of its employees  —  - Parity Technologies will cut a total of about 100 employees  — Blockchain infrastructure firm will focus on technology
Bloomberg:
SK Hynix's stock has surged 67% in 2023 due to its Nvidia deal, while rival Samsung's stock is up 24%, on track to underperform SK Hynix by the most in a decade  —  - SK Hynix has jumped 67% this year on HBM chip; Samsung up 24%  — Samsung needs big client like Nvidia, good yields to catch up

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