November 9, 2023, 12:10 PM

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Manish Singh / TechCrunch:
Omegle, a popular online chat service founded in 2009, plans to shut down; founder Leif K-Brooks blames rising misuse, including in committing “heinous crimes”  —  Omegle, an online service that allowed individuals to connect and chat with strangers, has shut …
Suzanne Smalley / The Record:
A US judge rules that automakers' use of on-board infotainment systems to record and intercept owners' texts and call logs doesn't violate Washington state law  —  A federal judge on Tuesday refused to bring back a class action lawsuit alleging four auto manufacturers had violated Washington …
Andy Robinson / Video Games Chronicle:
Sony COO Hiroki Totoki says the company now plans to release six live service games by FY 2025, down from the originally planned 12 titles  —  THE COMPANY WANTS TO “ENSURE [THESE GAMES] ARE ENJOYED AND LIKED BY GAMERS FOR A LONG TIME”  —  Sony Interactive Entertainment (SIE) …
Debby Wu / Bloomberg:
Chinese state-affiliated outlet Chinastarmarket says Nvidia plans to release three new H100-based AI chips in the country in the coming days, after US sanctions  —  - US is further limiting China's access to advanced silicon  — Nvidia's gaming graphic card is also affected by new US rules
David Pierce / The Verge:
Documents detail Humane's $699 Ai Pin: a $24/month subscription, including a phone number, data, cloud storage, and access to Microsoft and OpenAI AI models  —  It's scheduled to launch the Pin on Thursday, but The Verge has obtained documents detailing practically everything about the device ahead of its official launch.
Taras Buria / Neowin:
Microsoft now asks users to provide a reason for closing the OneDrive app on Windows from a list, including “I don't know what OneDrive is”  —  A few weeks ago, we reported an odd discovery in Microsoft Edge: a poll asking users to explain their decision to download Chrome.
Andy Greenberg / Wired:
Mandiant: Russia-tied Sandworm carried out a third successful attack on Ukraine's electric utility in October 2022, coinciding with a series of missile strikes  —  Russia's most notorious military hackers successfully sabotaged Ukraine's power grid for the third time last year.
Michael Kan / PCMag:
Signal begins testing usernames, letting users set the phone number linked to their account as private and not share the number on their profile  —  Offering usernames will allow people to stop giving out their phone number —a sensitive piece of information— in order to connect with others on the messaging app.
OpenAI says ChatGPT and its API are grappling with “abnormal traffic” and has spotted signs of a DDoS attack resulting in periodic outages  —  - OpenAI says on its site it's grappling with “abnormal traffic”  — The US startup introduced a preview version of GPT-4 Turbo
Suvashree Ghosh / Bloomberg:
Yuga Labs says UV lights were the likely cause of eye and skin issues experienced by some attendees of ApeFest, hosted in Hong Kong from November 3 to 5  —  The probe was undertaken in collaboration with Jack Morton Worldwide, the company that produced the event, Bored Ape Yacht Club or BAYC …
Joe Brennan / The Irish Times:
A key advisor to the CJEU recommends setting aside a 2020 EU ruling that said Apple did not owe Ireland €13B+ in back taxes, a major blow to Apple and Ireland  —  Opinion of key advisor to European Court of Justice (ECJ) comes months ahead of final ruling on world's biggest antitrust case
Jay Peters / The Verge:
Samsung announces Galaxy AI, a “comprehensive mobile AI experience” that includes a translation feature called AI Live Translate Call, coming “early next year”  —  Samsung wants to make sure you know it cares about AI, too.  In a new blog post, the company previewed what it calls …
Melanie Dawes / Financial Times:
Ofcom's CEO on the regulator's new powers to police tech: kids are the first priority, companies must detect and remove CSAM, and working in harmony with the EU  —  Where the laws have different scope, it's important that implementing them does not create conflicts for companies
Brian Fung / CNN:
Unsealed court documents allegedly show how Mark Zuckerberg repeatedly thwarted initiatives meant to improve the well-being of teens on Facebook and Instagram  —  Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg has personally and repeatedly thwarted initiatives meant to improve the well-being of teens on Facebook and Instagram …
Andy Chalk / PC Gamer:
Activision Blizzard plans to transition away from the Overwatch League to evolve the esports competition in a “new direction”; exiting teams may get $6M  —  Competitive Overwatch may return, but not in its current form.  —  Earlier this year, Activision Blizzard expressed doubt …
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Bob Iger says Disney plans to launch a “unified one-app experience” that combines Disney+ and Hulu in beta in December 2023, ahead of a late March 2024 launch  —  Disney, which is in the home stretch of swinging the deal to become the full owner of Hulu, will launch a beta test …
Jennifer Pattison Tuohy / The Verge:
Apple, Google, and Samsung are working with Schlage, Yale, Qualcomm, and others, to build Aliro, an open standard for smart locks and digital keys  —  Launching Thursday, the effort is called Aliro, and if you've ever enjoyed using Apple's Home Key technology on your watch or phone to unlock your door …

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