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November 8, 2023, 4:40 PM

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Salvador Rodriguez / Wall Street Journal:
Meta plans to force advertisers to disclose when they run political ads featuring media altered by AI or other tools, starting in 2024, ahead of the US election  —  Facebook parent said new policy to go into effect beginning next year, ahead of U.S. presidential primaries
Margi Murphy / Bloomberg:
Ahead of the 2024 US election, Microsoft plans to offer a free watermarking tool to help US politicians authenticate their videos and photos to fight deepfakes  —  - Tool offering comes as concerns grow over fake photos, videos  — Microsoft says Russia is ‘huge’ cyber, disinformation threat
Javier Espinoza / Financial Times:
Google and EU telcos ask the European Commission to designate iMessage as a “core” service, which would require Apple to make the app compatible with rivals  —  Companies want chat app designated a ‘core’ service that would require it to be fully compatible with rivals
Jay Peters / The Verge:
Google expands its Search Generative Experience to 120+ new countries and territories and adds support for Spanish, Portuguese, Korean, and Indonesian languages  —  Google is bringing its Search Generative Experience (SGE) to more than 120 new countries, including Mexico, Brazil, South Korea …
Paul Sawers / TechCrunch:
GitHub plans to release a Copilot Enterprise plan that lets companies customize for their codebase, available from February 2024 for $39 per month per user  —  GitHub today announced plans for an enterprise subscription tier that will allow companies to fine-tune its Copilot pair-programmer based on their internal codebase.
Zac Bowden / Windows Central:
Sources: Microsoft plans to add Windows Copilot to Windows 10, still on ~1B monthly active devices, after adding the AI assistant to Windows 11 in September  —  Microsoft wants to get Windows Copilot in front of as many users as possible.  —  Microsoft began rolling out its new AI assistant …
Jason Schreier / Bloomberg:
Rockstar plans to begin promoting Grand Theft Auto VI, likely one of the decade's biggest video games, in December, coinciding with Rockstar's 25th anniversary  —  The company plans to release a trailer for the game in December, according to a blog post by Rockstar's president Sam Houser.
Connor Jones / The Register:
Atlassian raises the severity rating of a vulnerability in its Confluence Data Center and Server to maximum, and confirms the flaw is being actively exploited  —  Attackers secure admin rights after vendor said they could only steal data  —  Atlassian reassessed the severity rating …
Tom Krisher / Associated Press:
Cruise recalls all 950 of its autonomous cars to update their software after one dragged a pedestrian to the side of a San Francisco street on October 2  —  General Motors' Cruise autonomous vehicle unit is recalling all 950 of its cars to update software after one of them dragged a pedestrian …
Cho Mu-Hyun / ZDNet:
Samsung Research unveils Samsung Gauss, a generative AI model that Samsung currently uses on employee productivity and plans to expand to product applications  —  Samsung has for the first time publicly unveiled its own generative AI model dubbed Samsung Gauss on Wednesday.
Matt Growcoot / PetaPixel:
Adobe's stock image website lists AI-generated images purporting to show the Israel-Hamas war, and some small outlets have used them without labeling them as AI  —  As fears rise over fake imagery generated by artificial intelligence flooding the internet, one of the world's leading stock photo websites …
Gearoid Reidy / Bloomberg:
A look at Nintendo's movie push, as the company partners with Sony to work on a Zelda live-action movie, after the huge success of The Super Mario Bros. Movie  —  It's dangerous to go alone, and in teaming up with Sony and the man who made Marvel successful, Nintendo shows it has learned from past mistakes.
Sergiu Gatlan / BleepingComputer:
WhatsApp now lets iOS and Android users hide their location during calls by relaying the connection through Meta's servers to obfuscate IP address metadata  —  WhatsApp is rolling out a new privacy feature that helps Android and iOS users hide their location during calls by relaying the connection through WhatsApp servers.
Caitlin Huston / Hollywood Reporter:
Spotify now offers US paid subscribers 15 hours of free access to 200K+ audiobooks per month, after launching the service in the UK and Australia on October 3  —  The podcast and music platform will offer U.S. paid subscribers 15 hours of free listening to audiobooks as it continues its rollout of the new offering.
Caroline O'Donovan / Washington Post:
Amazon cuts its annual One Medical price for Prime users from $199 to $99, a long-expected integration that could significantly expand its health care footprint  —  The tech giant will offer cheaper health care to Prime members via One Medical, a long-expected integration that could significantly expand its health care footprint
Bryson Masse / VentureBeat:
Filing: in a comment submitted to the US Copyright Office, the FTC warns that generative AI has enabled potential copyright infringement and consumer deception  —  The U.S. Copyright Office has already repeatedly weighed in on creations made with generative artificial intelligence (AI) …
Lauren Smiley / Wired:
How San Francisco's citizen surveillance culture, with incidents often posted to X, turned the story of a bloody street attack inside out, causing viral outrage  —  When a homeless man attacked a former city official, footage of the onslaught became a rallying cry.
Anissa Gardizy / The Information:
Source: Amazon is developing a new LLM, codenamed Olympus, that could be announced by December and may power new features for its online store, Alexa, and AWS  —  Uber is finally on the right road.  That could be Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi's motto today, as the ride-hailing …
Anna Irrera / Bloomberg:
HSBC partners with Ripple to offer institutional clients a custody service for digital assets, set to launch in 2024, complementing its digital assets issuance  —  - Latest blockchain offering is expected to go live in 2024  —  HSBC Holdings Plc plans to offer institutional clients …
Tobias Mann / The Register:
Microsoft and Oracle sign a multiyear deal to “support the explosive growth of AI services”, letting Microsoft use Nvidia A100s and H100 GPUs via Oracle's cloud  —  Frenemies in multi-year deal to offload AI inference to Big Red super-cluster  —  Demand for Microsoft's AI services …
Jacob Judah / MIT Technology Review:
How .tk, the ccTLD for New Zealand's Tokelau territory, gained 25M users, more than any other ccTLD until recently, by becoming cybercriminals' domain of choice  —  Tokelau, a necklace of three isolated atolls strung out across the Pacific, is so remote that it was the last place on Earth to be connected to the telephone—only in 1997.
Akash Sriram / Reuters:
Lyft reports Q3 revenue up 10% YoY to $1.16B vs. $1.14B est., a $12.1M net loss, active riders up 10% to 22.4M, and forecasts Q4 adjusted core profit above est.  —  Lyft (LYFT.O) reported third-quarter revenue slightly higher than estimates and forecast current-quarter revenue largely in line …
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