November 15, 2023, 3:55 AM

Top News

Chris Velazco / Washington Post:
Nothing plans to roll out an early version of Nothing Chats, a Sunbird-based app that lets Phone (2) users send iMessages to iPhone contacts, on November 17  —  Nothing, Sunbird and other upstarts are taking iMessage where it's never been before  —  Here's a glimmer of hope for anyone …
Ryan McNeal / Android Authority:
To use iMessage via Nothing Chats, users must log in to their iCloud account, and iMessages will be sent via a virtual Mac mini, which may weaken data security  —  Nothing Chats will be exclusive to the Nothing Phone 2.  —  TL;DR  — Nothing is launching a new messaging app called Nothing Chats on November 17.
Dan Goodin / Ars Technica:
Intel patches a bug affecting virtually all modern Intel CPUs that lets code running inside a VM crash hypervisors, a risk to cloud providers in particular  —  Among other things, bug allows code running inside a VM to crash hypervisors.  —  Intel on Tuesday pushed microcode updates to fix …
Clive Cookson / Financial Times:
Google DeepMind details weather forecasting AI model GraphCast, more accurate than the best conventional systems for three to 10 day predictions, an AI first  —  Google DeepMind's model beat world's leading system in 90% of metrics used and took only a fraction of the time
Jonathan Greig / The Record:
The FBI dismantled the IPStorm botnet proxy network and its infrastructure as part of a September plea deal with Sergei Makinin, the hacker behind the operation  —  The FBI dismantled the IPStorm botnet proxy network and its infrastructure this week following a September plea deal with the hacker behind the operation.
Nicola Davis / The Guardian:
A study found that AI-generated photos of faces, particularly white faces, were perceived as more real by survey participants than photos of actual people  —  Photographs were seen as less realistic than computer images but there was no difference with pictures of people of colour
Andy Greenberg / Wired:
Three young hackers behind Mirai talk about building the DDoS botnet, losing control of their monster, their work for the FBI as part of a plea deal, and more  —  Netflix, Spotify, Twitter, PayPal, Slack.  All down for millions of people.  How a group of teen friends plunged into an underworld …
Natasha Lomas / TechCrunch:
EU lawmakers are on a tricky knife edge hammering out the AI Act's final shape, as France and Germany push for a regulatory carve-out for foundation models  —  Negotiations between European Union lawmakers tasked with reaching a compromise on a risk-based framework for regulating applications …
Jonathan Stempel / Reuters:
A US judge rejects efforts by Alphabet, ByteDance, Meta, and Snap to dismiss hundreds of lawsuits accusing them of enticing and addicting children to their apps  —  A federal judge on Tuesday rejected efforts by major social media companies to dismiss nationwide litigation accusing …
Nico Grant / New York Times:
Epic v. Google: Sundar Pichai confirms Google paid Apple 36% of the search revenue generated on iPhones, saying the total payment “was well over $10B” in 2022  —  Sundar Pichai, Google's chief executive, testified on Tuesday for the second time in two weeks to defend his company against monopoly claims.
Emanuel Maiberg / 404 Media:
Civitai, where users share AI models and AI-made images, including nonconsensual porn of real people, debuts a bounties feature and raised a $5.1M a16z-led seed  —  Andreessen Horowitz, also known as a16z, the influential Silicon Valley venture capital firm that was an early investor in Facebook …
Kristi Hines / Search Engine Journal:
Sam Altman says OpenAI is pausing new ChatGPT Plus signups “for a bit” as “the surge in usage post devday has exceeded our capacity”  —  OpenAI has paused new ChatGPT Plus signups due to overwhelming demand for new features introduced at recent DevDay conference.
David Pierce / The Verge:
Notion unveils Q&A, an AI assistant that answers questions using info from a user's files and apps, as part Notion's AI add-on for $8 to $10 per user per month  —  The first killer app of AI for businesses, it appears, is a simple thing: to be able to find information in the morass of files …
Eyal Press / New Yorker:
A look at some wrongful arrests in the US due to bad facial recognition matches, and how “automation bias” could lead police to ignore contradictory evidence  —  Too often, a facial-recognition search represents virtually the entirety of a police investigation.
Joseph Menn / Washington Post:
Unciphered, which helps recover cryptocurrency, finds a BitcoinJS flaw in some wallets made before 2016, and says that up to $1B of crypto is at risk of theft  —  A company that helps recover cryptocurrency discovered a software flaw putting as much as $1 billion at risk from hackers.
Abner Li / 9to5Google:
WhatsApp for Android's chat and media backups will count toward the Google Account storage limit for beta users as of December 2023, and for all users in 2024  —  Google and WhatsApp today announced a change wherein WhatsApp chat and media backups on Android will “start counting toward …
Airbnb acquires GamePlanner.AI, its first acquisition as a public company, to accelerate some AI projects; sources say the deal is valued at just under $200M  —  - Airbnb has made its first acquisition as a public company, in a deal valued at just under $200 million, sources familiar with the deal told CNBC.

Sponsor Posts

We need startups to fight prompt injection, the top LLM security risk  —  Check out our AI security market map, and reach out if you're building a way to defend chatbots from this new hacking technique.
Tribe AI:
Is AI just hype?  —  Find out how top enterprises use Tribe to get real business results.
Techmeme Leaderboards:
Discover the top reporters on AI, VR, policy, and much more  —  We've analyzed Techmeme's news crawl to identify the most influential and prolific writers on 48 news topics.  Download reports immediately for just $100.
Bridge your on-prem directory and cloud directories with Zoho Directory  —  “On-prem or cloud?” has always been the question.  For years, the IT world has been relying on on-premises solutions for their identity management.
Techmeme Ride Home:
Fri. 03/01 - Elon Sues Sam Altman And OpenAI
The day's tech news, every day at 5pm ET. Fifteen minutes and you're up to date.
Subscribe via Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or RSS.

About This Page

This is a Techmeme archive page. It shows how the site appeared at 3:55 AM ET, November 15, 2023.

The most current version of the site as always is available at our home page. To view an earlier snapshot click here and then modify the date indicated.

More News

Anna Wiener / New Yorker:
Wall Street Journal:
Scott Patterson / Wall Street Journal:
Arriana McLymore / Reuters:

Earlier Picks

Shirin Ghaffary / Bloomberg:
Harry McCracken / Fast Company:
James Somers / New Yorker:
Davey Alba / Bloomberg: