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December 1, 2023, 9:15 PM

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Financial Times:
X accelerates its plan to attract ad spending by SMBs, including outsourcing some ad sales to third parties, such as US-based marketing startup JumpCrew  —  Social media site accelerates plan to attract small businesses as billionaire owner battles big brands
Platformer:
Internal documents: Amazon's AI chatbot Q, out in preview, experiences “severe hallucinations” and leaks “confidential data” like AWS data center locations  —  Some hallucinations could ‘potentially induce cardiac incidents in Legal,’ according to internal documents
Katie Tarasov / CNBC:
A profile of Apple's chip division, including interviews with its head Johny Srouji and Apple's hardware engineering chief John Ternus  —  WATCH NOW  —  Why Apple doubled down on the expensive custom chip business, edging out Intel and starting a trend  —  Apple's soaring stock price …
Ina Fried / Axios:
Memo: OpenAI delays its GPT store until early 2024 after “a few unexpected things have been keeping us busy”; the company had planned to launch in November 2023  —  OpenAI will delay the launch of a GPT store until early next year, according to a memo to developers seen by Axios.
Charles Duhigg / New Yorker:
Jez Corden / Windows Central:
Phil Spencer says Microsoft has “no plans to bring Game Pass to PlayStation or Nintendo” after Xbox CFO Tim Stuart said Microsoft wants to target “every screen”  —  In our exclusive interview with Microsoft Gaming CEO Phil Spencer, we got a glimpse of the future of Xbox …
Bloomberg:
Bloomberg:
Amazon signs a SpaceX contract for three Falcon 9 rocket launches, set to begin in mid-2025, to help put its Project Kuiper satellite constellation into orbit  —  - Amazon's Project Kuiper has been delayed by rocket setbacks  — Company also aims to use rockets from ULA, Bezos' Blue Origin
Jessica Toonkel / Wall Street Journal:
Sources: Apple and Paramount have discussed an Apple TV+ and Paramount+ bundle that would cost less than subscribing to both streaming services separately  —  Streamers are increasingly joining with rivals to offer bundles that help attract and keep subscribers
Wall Street Journal:
Tests: Meta's recommendation systems promote underage-sex content on Instagram and Facebook Groups, despite Meta setting up a child-safety task force in June  —  The social-media company has stepped up enforcement, but its algorithms continue to promote problematic content
Bill Toulas / BleepingComputer:
France's prime minister recommends government staff uninstall foreign apps like Signal, WhatsApp, and Telegram by December 8, in favor of French chat app Olvid  —  Prime Minister of France Élisabeth Borne signed a circular last week requesting all government employees …
Taylor Lorenz / Washington Post:
News outlets turning to Reddit amid X's decline face a dilemma over which subreddits to use; Business Insider faces criticism for posting in a snark subreddit  —  But with thousands of subreddits, where exactly news sites should promote their work presents a dilemma
Bloomberg:
An in-depth look at China's efforts to help Huawei build a self-sufficient chip supply chain via a network of enterprises backed by Shenzhen's investment fund  —  Less than five years after US sanctions nearly crippled Huawei Technologies Co., the Chinese giant is now Beijing's most important weapon …
Allison Johnson / The Verge:
Google says RCS in Google Messages now has over 1B MAUs, and adds Photomoji, Voice Moods, Screen Effects, Custom Bubbles, Animated Emoji, and other features  —  First, the number: according to Google, over 1 billion monthly active users are using RCS in Google Messages.
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