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October 27, 2023, 9:30 PM

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David Pierce / The Verge:
US v. Google: Google's search head testifies that the company spent $26.3B in 2021 to be the default search engine in multiple browsers, phones, and platforms  —  Even if it's easy to switch browsers or platforms or search engines, the one that appears when you turn it on matters a lot.
Emma Roth / The Verge:
X adds a $16/mo. Premium+ plan with no ads in For You or Following and the “largest reply boost”, and a $3/mo. Basic plan with a “small boost” but no checkmark  —  X, the platform previously known as Twitter, has introduced a new $16 per month Premium Plus plan …
Associated Press:
Internet and phone services collapse in the Gaza Strip as Israel's military expands its ground operations, largely cutting off communications for 2.3M residents  —  DEIR AL-BALAH, Gaza Strip — Internet and phone services collapsed in the Gaza Strip under intensified bombardment Friday night …
Wall Street Journal:
Google invests $500M upfront in Anthropic and agrees to add $1.5B more over time, after investing $550M in the generative AI startup earlier in 2023  —  Google move follows Amazon investment as tech giants place bigger bets on startups racing to develop artificial intelligence
Mark Gurman / Bloomberg:
What to expect from Apple's “Scary Fast” event on October 30: high-end MacBook Pros with M3 Pro and M3 Max, a new 24-inch iMac with an M3, and USB-C accessories  —  The company is poised to introduce computers with speedier chips.  —  Apple Inc.'s last product unveiling …
Jay Peters / The Verge:
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Julia Black / The Information:
Sources: Humane timed its ~$1K Ai Pin launch to the October 14 eclipse, but moved it to November 9 after reports broke about Sam Altman and Jony Ive's AI device  —  In late September, a stakeholder in Humane received a humbled message from the startup.  The Information had just broken …
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Dan Goodin / Ars Technica:
Apple fixed an old iOS bug that let nearby wireless routers gather real MAC addresses even when Private Wi-Fi Address is enabled, including in Lockdown Mode  —  “From the get-go, this feature was useless,” researcher says of feature put into iOS 14.  —  Three years ago, Apple introduced …
Oliver Knight / CoinDesk:
Filing: Gemini sues Genesis Global, its former business partner for its Gemini Earn product, over 60M GBTC shares, worth $1.6B+, that were pledged as collateral  —  Gemini has filed a lawsuit against Genesis over 60 million GBTC shares that were pledged as collateral.  —  Register Now
Liz Young / Wall Street Journal:
Sources: Flexport is in talks to acquire collapsed digital freight startup Convoy's tech, a move that would expand Flexport's push into the US trucking market  —  The deal would move the digital-focused freight forwarder into the domestic trucking market  —  Flexport is in talks to buy …
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Edward Ludlow / Bloomberg:
Source: during an all-hands, Elon Musk and Linda Yaccarino referenced ambitions to create XWire, a press release service that would rival Cision's PR Newswire  —  Executives at X, the social media site formerly known as Twitter, said they see YouTube and LinkedIn as future competitors …

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