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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.
Bloomberg:
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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