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November 14, 2023, 12:15 PM

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Leah Nylen / Bloomberg:
US v. Google: Google's main economics expert says Google pays Apple 36% of the revenue earned from search ads via Safari, a figure that was meant to stay secret  —  Kevin Murphy, a University of Chicago professor, disclosed the number during his testimony in Google's defense at the Justice Department's antitrust trial in Washington.
Bloomberg:
Epic v. Google: Google agreed to pay Samsung $8B over four years in 2020 to make Google Search, Play Store, and Assistant the default on Samsung mobile devices  —  - Google paid Samsung $8 billion over four years, jurors told  — Epic Games is trying to show Alphabet unit undercut rivalry
Davey Alba / Bloomberg:
YouTube plans to require users to disclose when they upload realistic-looking manipulated or synthetic content, including videos made using its tools, in 2024  —  Site's creators who repeatedly fail to disclose AI use will face penalties  —  YouTube, the video platform owned by Alphabet Inc.'s Google …
James Somers / New Yorker:
A eulogy for coding, which has always felt like an endlessly deep and rich domain, after ChatGPT swallowed knowledge and skills that take lifetimes to master  —  Coding has always felt to me like an endlessly deep and rich domain.  Now I find myself wanting to write a eulogy for it.
Nathan Grayson / Aftermath:
Amazon restructures its games division to focus on free streaming games offered with Prime and cuts ~180 jobs, the unit's second round of layoffs in 2023  —  Video game workers just can't catch a break  —  Video game layoff season - an extension of what has basically at this point become …
Paul Alcorn / Tom's Hardware:
Alex Weprin / The Hollywood Reporter:
Trump Media & Technology Group SPAC partner DWA's filing shows that Truth Social lost $73M on just $3.7M in net sales from its early 2022 launch through H1 2023  —  The company that TMTG is planned to merge with, DWAC, broke out the surprising results in a securities filing Monday.
Jay Peters / The Verge:
Meta rolls out the option for users to delete their Threads profile without having to delete their Instagram account, addressing an early complaint with the app  —  Meta is rolling out a way for you to delete your Threads profile without having to delete your Instagram account, too.
Sylvia Westall / Bloomberg:
Sources: instead of a 51% stake, Yandex plans to sell its entire Russian business, including its search engine, after pressures tied to Russia's war in Ukraine  —  - Deal to sell Russian unit may be announced in December  — Dutch-registered Yandex previously planned to sell a 51% stake
More: Reuters
Cristina Criddle / Financial Times:
Irish Council for Civil Liberties: data brokers collect and sell browsing data in greater detail than previously known, including on those in sensitive jobs  —  Campaigners warn proliferation of categories describing sensitive professions could leave users open to blackmail
Tonya Riley / Bloomberg Law:
Over 30 civil liberties and privacy groups urge Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer to not reauthorize FISA's Section 702, set to expire on December 31, 2023  —  More than 30 civil liberties and privacy groups wrote to Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) on Monday urging …
Harry McCracken / Fast Company:
A profile of, and interview with, tech YouTuber Marques Brownlee on how he changed tech gadget reviews, business strategy, reaching 17.7M subscribers, and more  —  Marques Brownlee has rewired the way people shop for gadgets—and how companies sell them.  Inside the humble workshop …
More: The VergeMastodon: @harrymccracken@mastodon …X: @mkbhd and @mikehofmanLinkedIn: Farul Mohd Ghazali
Joshua Rothman / New Yorker:
A profile of Geoffrey Hinton, who argues that by analyzing human writing, LLMs like GPT can comprehend the meanings of words and learn how the world works  —  Geoffrey Hinton has spent a lifetime teaching computers to learn.  Now he worries that artificial brains are better than ours.
John D. McKinnon / Wall Street Journal:
Google sues unnamed individuals in India and Vietnam for tricking US-based SMB owners with Facebook accounts into clicking fake Bard ads that install malware  —  Lawsuit attributes the alleged scheme to hackers in India and Vietnam  —  Scammers are capitalizing on the rush of consumer interest …

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