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December 7, 2023, 9:50 AM

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Jay Peters / The Verge:
Meta rolls out end-to-end encryption to Messenger by default for one-on-one chats and calls, fulfilling a long-term promise; E2EE for group chats remains opt-in  —  Meta is now rolling out end-to-end encryption for one-on-one chats and calls on Messenger and Facebook, finally fulfilling …
Drew Harwell / Washington Post:
Apple guidelines now say that US law enforcement can obtain the Apple ID associated with a push notification token via a subpoena; Google requires a court order  —  Apple and Google had been told to keep the practice secret until Sen. Ron Wyden revealed it in a letter Wednesday
Rebekah Valentine / IGN:
Sources: Bungie's recent layoffs came alongside a scramble to avoid a total Sony takeover, which could happen if Bungie doesn't meet certain financial goals  —  The Destiny 2 and Marathon developer may not be able to cling to the last of its independence forever.
Paul Alcorn / Tom's Hardware:
AMD launches Instinct MI300X and MI300A AI accelerators and claims the MI300X delivers up to 1.6x more performance than Nvidia's H100 HGX in inference workloads  —  AMD's chiplet strategy comes to fore.  —  AMD launched its Instinct MI300X AI accelerator and the Instinct MI300A …
Kif Leswing / CNBC:
Emily Nicolle / Bloomberg:
Robinhood launches a commission-free crypto trading app, supporting 25+ cryptocurrencies, in the EU, a week after the company launched stock trading in the UK  —  - More than 25 tokens available to trade for free at launch  — Launch comes as Bitcoin's price recovers to 19-month high
Jay Peters / The Verge:
Sony's Discovery content removals due to licensing “arrangements” and unexpected account bans are timely reminders of why users don't really own digital content  —  In less than a week, Sony has given us two timely reminders of the tenuousness of digital “ownership” — and both reminders involve things on PlayStation.
Nikhilesh De / CoinDesk:
Bitzlato co-founder Anatoly Legkodymov pleads guilty in the US to running a money transmitting business for illicit funds and plans to close the crypto exchange  —  Anatoly Legkodymov says he'll dissolve the sanctioned exchange as part of his plea.  —  Register Now
Alexander Martin / The Record:
The UK accuses a unit of Russia's FSB of using cyberattacks in a “sustained but unsuccessful” campaign to undermine democratic institutions since 2015  —  The British government accused a unit of Russia's Federal Security Service (FSB) on Thursday of using cyberattacks in a …
Reuters:
Reuters temporarily removes its article titled “How an Indian startup hacked the world” to comply with an Indian court order, and plans to appeal the decision  —  Reuters has temporarily removed the article “How an Indian startup hacked the world” to comply with a preliminary court order issued …
Zac Bowden / Windows Central:
Sources: Microsoft plans the next major Windows version for 2024, with an AI-powered Windows Shell, an “advanced Copilot”, natural language search, and more  —  What's next for Windows?  Microsoft plans next-gen Windows AI release in 2024, plus details on recent changes to the Windows roadmap
Mat Honan / MIT Technology Review:
Q&A with Sundar Pichai on Gemini, the leading AI benchmarks, hallucinations, making AI helpful for all, the legal AI landscape, the future of search, and more  —  In an in-depth interview, Pichai predicts: “This will be one of the biggest things we all grapple with for the next decade.”
Erin Griffith / New York Times:
PitchBook: approximately 3,200 private venture-backed US companies, which had raised a combined $27.2B in VC funding, have gone out of business in 2023  —  After staving off collapse by cutting costs, many young tech companies are out of options, fueling a cash bonfire.
Mark Gurman / Bloomberg:
Sources: Apple plans a revamped iPad Pro with an OLED screen, iPad Airs with 10.9" and 12.9" screens, 13" and 15" MacBook Airs with M3, and more for early 2024  —  - New models follow an unprecedented drought in iPad releases  — Vision Pro, larger iPhones and new AirPods also coming in 2024
Emma Roth / The Verge:
Google posts instructions for restoring files in Google Drive for desktop, after users reported last week that some of their files disappeared from the service  —  Google has a solution for the sync issue that caused files to disappear for some users on Drive for desktop.
Vittoria Elliott / Wired:
Meta's Oversight Board takes up two expedited cases, the first ever, related to the Israel-Hamas war, looking at posts that were removed and then reinstated  —  The board is going to look at two posts removed for violating Meta's policies against sharing graphic imagery and depicting dangerous organizations and individuals.
Reuters:
Earnest: Chinese e-commerce platform Temu had nearly 17% of US discount store market share in November, compared to Dollar General's 43% and Dollar Tree's 28%  —  Temu, the fast-growing Chinese e-commerce platform selling $4 home decor and $10 shirts, is successfully taking …
Jonny Evans / Computerworld:
Apple's machine learning research team quietly releases MLX, an array framework to train and deploy ML models on Apple silicon, available on GitHub  —  Apple's machine learning (ML) teams quietly flexed their muscle with the release of a new ML framework developed for Apple Silicon.
Kyle Wiggers / TechCrunch:
Meta debuts Imagine with Meta, a standalone text-to-image generator on the web powered by its Emu model that generates four images per prompt, free for US users  —  Not to be outdone by Google's Gemini launch, Meta's rolling out a new, standalone generative AI experience on the web …

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