November 30, 2023, 7:35 PM

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Allison Johnson / The Verge:
Google says RCS in Google Messages now has over 1B MAUs, and adds Photomoji, Screen Effects, Custom Bubbles, and other features  —  First, the number: according to Google, over 1 billion monthly active users are using RCS in Google Messages.  That's huge, considering support was scarce …
Lawrence Bonk / Engadget:
Google rolls out updates to Android, Wear OS, and Google TV devices, including adding AI-created image descriptions and an Assistant Routines feature  —  Wear OS and Google TV are also getting new tools.  —  Google is rolling out a trio of system updates to Android, Wear OS and Google TV devices.
Wall Street Journal:
Sources: Meta plans to launch Threads in Europe in December, the largest expansion since its July debut, offering a choice of using Threads without a profile  —  Expansion is expected in December, a signal of company's commitment to microblogging service  —  Facebook parent Meta Platforms plans …
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
New York Times:
Some marketing agencies say their brands don't plan to return to advertise on X, and others are advising brands to stop posting on X, after Elon Musk's comments  —  Elon Musk, the owner of X, criticized advertisers with expletives on Wednesday at The New York Times's DealBook Summit.
Kim Masters / The Hollywood Reporter:
Sergiu Gatlan / BleepingComputer:
Apple releases emergency security updates for iOS, iPadOS, and macOS to fix two zero-days that may have been exploited, reaching 20 zero-days patched in 2023  —  Apple released emergency security updates to fix two zero-day vulnerabilities exploited in attacks and impacting iPhone, iPad …
Rachel Metz / Bloomberg:
OpenAI CEO Sam Altman says that co-founder Ilya Sutskever won't be a board member, but that the company is “discussing how he can continue his work at OpenAI”  —  - Sam Altman is officially back as CEO of the AI startup  — Mira Murati will retain her post as chief technology officer
Alex Heath / The Verge:
David Pierce / The Verge:
How OpenAI's low-key ChatGPT launch a year ago kickstarted a generational shift in the tech industry and what it means for the future of AI and the world  —  OpenAI didn't mean to kickstart a generational shift in the technology industry.  But it did.  Now all we have to decide is where to go from here.
Foo Yun Chee / Reuters:
The BEUC and its members follow noyb in filing a complaint against Meta's €9.99+/month subscriptions in the EU, saying the tier amounts to charging for privacy  —  Meta Platforms' (META.O) advertising-free subscription service, a fee-based offering rolled out in Europe this month …
Sarah Young / Reuters:
Rishi Sunak says Microsoft plans to spend £2.5B in the UK over three years, its largest investment there to date, to underpin AI and bring 20K GPUs to the UK  —  Microsoft's (MSFT.O) plan to pump 2.5 billion pounds ($3.2 billion) into Britain over the next three years …
Joe Rossignol / MacRumors:
Apple says Amkor will package some Apple silicon chips in its new Arizona facility; Amkor plans to invest $2B, employ 2,000, and start production in 2-3 years  —  As part of its efforts to expand its U.S. manufacturing, Apple today announced that Amkor will package some Apple silicon chips …
A US district judge issues a preliminary injunction blocking Montana's first-of-its-kind state ban on TikTok from taking effect on January 1  —  A U.S. judge late on Thursday blocked Montana's first-of-its kind state ban on the use of short-video sharing app TikTok from taking effect on Jan. 1.
AJ Vicens / CyberScoop:
Meta officials say the US stopped proactively sharing information on foreign influence operations, as the company releases its Q3 Adversarial Threat Report  —  Russia, Iran and China are likely to conduct influence operations via fake social media accounts ahead of the 2024 election, a new Meta report says.
Dalvin Brown / Wall Street Journal:
On December 1, Google will start deleting personal Google accounts that have been inactive for at least two years; once deleted, no data can be recovered  —  How to revive your Google account before it's too late  —  Google will start to sweep away cobweb-collecting Gmail accounts this week.
Emma Roth / The Verge:
WhatsApp begins letting users hide locked chats behind a secret code, after introducing locked chats in May 2023, rolling out globally in the coming months  —  WhatsApp is introducing a new way to keep your locked chats away from prying eyes.  Instead of having your locked chats folder visible …
Meta sues the FTC, claiming its in-house trials violate the Constitution, and asks a court to halt the agency's bid to change a $5B privacy settlement in 2020  —  - Suit says agency proceedings violate constitutional rights  — FTC sought to amend privacy pact over alleged broken promises
Indian IT giants Infosys and Wipro cut college recruitment in October as global demand cools, leaving hundreds of thousands of tech graduates in peril  —  India's giant tech firms are curbing hiring, adding to the youth unemployment problem in the country  —  For years, India's tech graduates …
Ian King / Bloomberg:
At the NYT's DealBook event, Nvidia CEO Jensen Huang says the US is 10 years to 20 years from chip independence and reaffirms Nvidia's commitment to China  —  Nvidia Corp. Chief Executive Officer Jensen Huang, who runs the semiconductor industry's most valuable company …
Jane Lanhee Lee / Bloomberg:
Sources: CFIUS forced Aramco Ventures' Prosperity7 fund to sell its stake in AI chip startup Rain AI in the past year; Prosperity7 led Rain's 2022 $25M raise  —  - Aramco Ventures' Prosperity7 sold Rain AI shares to Grep VC  — Altman met Middle East funds for an Nvidia rival chip firm
More: Reuters
Eddie Makuch / GameSpot:
At an event, Xbox CFO Tim Stuart says Microsoft wants to bring Xbox Game Pass to PlayStation, Nintendo, and “every screen that can play games”  —  “It's a bit of a change of strategy,” Microsoft admits.  —  Microsoft wants to bring Xbox Game Pass to PlayStation and Nintendo.

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