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November 15, 2023, 5:40 PM

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Tom Warren / The Verge:
Microsoft rebrands Bing Chat as Microsoft Copilot to take on ChatGPT, pitching Copilot as the free version and Copilot for Microsoft 365 as the paid version  —  Microsoft launched its big AI push earlier this year as part of its Bing search engine, integrating a ChatGPT-like interface directly into its search results.
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Microsoft unveils Copilot Studio, a no-code tool that lets companies customize Microsoft 365 Copilot or integrate custom ChatGPT chatbots made with OpenAI's GPT  —  Last week OpenAI announced its new GPT platform to let anyone create their own version of ChatGPT, and now Microsoft is following …
Kevin Okemwa / Windows Central:
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Emma Roth / The Verge:
Benjamin Mayo / 9to5Mac:
Apple extends free Emergency SOS usage on the iPhone 14 for two more years, to September 2025; the company has not yet announced how much the feature will cost  —  Apple today announced it is extending the free usage period for Emergency SOS satellite features for iPhone 14 users.
Salvador Rodriguez / Wall Street Journal:
Jay Peters / The Verge:
Google debuts Notes, a Search Labs experiment that lets users annotate search results, including with images and colorful fonts; notes show up “within minutes”  —  Ever wanted to add your own annotations to search results you find on Google?  With Google's new “Notes” experiment …
Abner Li / 9to5Google:
Google launches two Titan Security Keys with FIDO2 that can store up to 250 unique passkeys, and commits to giving 100K security keys to high-risk users in 2024  —  Google has been selling its own line of Titan Security Keys for several years now, and new USB-C and USB-A models with NFC today let you store passkeys.
Kristi Hines / Search Engine Journal:
Washington Post:
Meta calls for legislation requiring app stores to get parental approval for kids aged 13 to 15 to download apps, pushing Google and Apple to play a bigger role  —  The tech giant is calling for legislation requiring that parents approve teens' downloads on app stores like Google and Apple
Aisha Malik / TechCrunch:
Chris Welch / The Verge:
Meta rolls out new Instagram filters, and says it's testing letting users create custom stickers from their photos and videos, improvements to Reels, and more  —  Instagram is changing a lot these days, especially when it comes to the ways in which we can share our content with others and segment different audiences.
Dan Goodin / Ars Technica:
Intel patches a bug affecting virtually all modern Intel CPUs that lets code running inside a VM crash the hypervisor, 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 …
Andrew J. Hawkins / The Verge:
Google updates Google Maps to add transit directions for “lowest cost”, “less walking”, “fewer transfers,” and more, emoji reactions, and collaborative lists  —  Google announced a slew of updates to Maps, including improved transit directions, emoji reactions, and collaborative lists.
Abner Li / 9to5Google:
Google rolls out new Google Photos features, such as AI auto-grouping Photo Stacks and improved recognition and categorization of screenshots and photos of docs  —  Following the big app redesign, Google Photos is rolling out a trio of new features, like auto-grouping Photo Stacks.
Sarah Scire / Nieman Lab:
Pew: 30% of US adults say they regularly get news from Facebook, 26% say YouTube; 16%, Instagram; 14%, TikTok; 12%, X; 8%, Reddit; and 5%, Nextdoor and LinkedIn  —  Facebook may be ready to divorce the news business, but it's still the No. 1 source of news on social media for Americans.
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 …
Ryan Tracy / Wall Street Journal:
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.
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