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November 16, 2023, 9:25 PM

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Chance Miller / 9to5Mac:
Apple plans to adopt the GSM's RCS messaging standard by releasing a software update “later next year”, bringing iMessage-style features to cross-platform texts  —  In a surprising move, Apple has announced today that it will adopt the RCS (Rich Communication Services) messaging standard.
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Jonathan Greig / The Record:
MeridianLink confirms a cyberattack after a ransomware gang claimed to have reported the financial software company to the US SEC for not disclosing the breach  —  Financial software company MeridianLink confirmed that it is dealing with a cyberattack after the hackers behind …
Ted Johnson / Deadline:
TikTok removes videos promoting Osama Bin Laden's “Letter to America” that justified the 9/11 attacks, but calls reports that they were trending “inaccurate”  —  - George Santos “Blatantly Stole From His Campaign” And Deceived Donors, House Ethics Committee Report Says; Congressman Won't Seek Reelection
Hannah Murphy / Financial Times:
IBM suspends its advertising on X globally after Media Matters said X has been placing ads for IBM, Apple, Oracle, and others alongside pro-Nazi material  —  Tech company's move is the latest setback to Linda Yaccarino's efforts to convince brands Elon Musk's platform is safe
Andy Greenberg / Wired:
In a first, the Signal Foundation publishes Signal's operating costs: ~$40M in 2023, projected to hit $50M by 2025, with $14M for infrastructure costs in 2023  —  Signal's president reveals the cost of running the privacy-preserving platform—not just to drum up donations …
Mark Gurman / Bloomberg:
Sources: Apple may again postpone releasing its own iPhone modem chip, until at least late 2025 or early 2026, the final year of its extended Qualcomm contract  —  Company will likely miss a 2025 goal to roll out its own cellular modem inside the device  —  Apple Inc. has fallen further behind …
Ryan Felton / Wall Street Journal:
Amazon plans to let US auto dealers sell new vehicles on its platform, starting in 2024 with Hyundai, which will include Alexa in its cars beginning in 2025  —  The companies say Hyundai will be the first brand available to car buyers on tech company's platform starting in 2024
Mike Wheatley / SiliconANGLE:
Meta unveils new AI tools to edit images and generate videos from text instructions, based on its image generation model Emu announced in September  —  Artificial intelligence researchers from Meta Platforms Inc. said today they have made significant advances in AI-powered image and video generation.
Katie Malone / Engadget:
Google finds and helps patch a Zimbra Collaboration email server zero-day used to steal data from governments in Greece, Moldova, Tunisia, Vietnam, and Pakistan  —  Google's threat analysis team discovered the security flaw in June.  —  Google's Threat Analysis Group revealed on Thursday …
Zac Bowden / Windows Central:
Microsoft launches a Windows App in preview for iOS, iPadOS, macOS, Windows, and the web, letting customers connect to Windows devices and apps remotely  —  Microsoft brings Windows to non-Windows devices.  —  What you need to know  — Microsoft is launching the “Windows app” …
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Microsoft plans to release Copilot for Windows 10 Home and Pro to Release Preview testers, for devices with a minimum of 4GB of RAM and a 720p screen resolution  —  Microsoft is bringing its AI-powered Copilot to Windows 10. … “It's a key opportunity for us to bring Copilot value to more customers …
Will Knight / Wired:
YouTube previews Dream Track and Music AI tools, which use DeepMind's new model Lyria to generate music in the style of famous artists, from humming, and more  —  YouTube creators will get to test a new AI tool that generates and remixes music in the style of several famous musicians, including Sia, Demi Lovato, and T-Pain.
Bill Toulas / BleepingComputer:
Toyota Financial Services, which provides auto financing to Toyota customers, confirms a breach after the Medusa ransomware gang threatened to leak company data  —  Toyota Financial Services (TFS) has confirmed that it detected unauthorized access on some of its systems in Europe and Africa …
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Jess Weatherbed / The Verge:
Google's Search Generative Experience adds shopping tools to help find niche or unique items and expands virtual try-ons to men's tops from hundreds of brands  —  Google's AI-powered Search Generative Experience (SGE) is behind a bunch of new shopping features that aim to help users find niche …
K.J. Yossman / Variety:
Embracer reports Q2 net sales up 13% YoY to ~$1B, layoffs that impacted ~900 staff, or 5% of its workforce, and 36 fewer games in development than in Q2 2022  —  “Lord of the Rings” owner Embracer Group has reported a 13% increase in net sales year-on-year in Q2, in part thanks to its intensive restructuring program.
Andrew Romero / 9to5Google:
MediaTek announces a partnership with Meta to develop chips for AR smart glasses; the Ray-Ban Meta Smart Glasses are powered by Qualcomm's Snapdragon AR1 Gen 1  —  Meta is looking to expand on what AR smart glasses could actually accomplish, and a new partnership with MediaTek proves that the company is taking it seriously.
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Bluesky plans to release a public web interface around the end of November and launch federation in early 2024, and says it crossed 2M users  —  Bluesky, the company building a decentralized alternative to Twitter/X, announced today it has hit 2 million users — up by another million since September …
Jane Zhang / Bloomberg:
Alibaba reports Q2 revenue up 9% YoY to ~$30.8B, beating est., a ~$3.8B net income, up from a net loss YoY, and nixes its cloud business spinoff; BABA drops 9%+  —  - The decision marks a dramatic reversal on a signature move  — Alibaba's historic six-way restructuring is now in doubt

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