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December 8, 2023, 9:15 AM

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Parmy Olson / Bloomberg:
Google's Gemini video demo of its multimodal capabilities wasn't carried out in real time or in voice; the model was shown still images and given text prompts  —  The tech giant's latest AI model is only marginally better than the one from OpenAI that's been out for eight months.
Kyle Wiggers / TechCrunch:
Nikkei Asia:
Sources: in a first, Apple is working with China's BYD to move new iPad product development to Vietnam, with test production set to begin around early 2024  —  China's BYD helps American giant with shift to alternative tech hubs  —  Vietnam is emerging as an increasingly important production hub …
Wall Street Journal:
Sources: Apple and its suppliers aim to make 50M+ iPhones annually in India in the next 2-3 years, and a quarter of global iPhones by the end of the decade  —  Supplier Foxconn plans to build more factories and give India a production role once limited mostly to China
Sankalp Phartiyal / Bloomberg:
Sources: Tata plans to build one of India's largest iPhone plants, employing 50,000 workers within two years, and expects operations to begin in 12-18 months  —  - New plant would speed up Apple's diversification beyond China  — Tata wants more Apple business after buying one iPhone factory
Lily Hay Newman / Wired:
A look at Meta's technical issues when developing E2EE for Messenger, including creating an encrypted storage protocol and re-architecting chat features  —  Mark Zuckerberg personally promised that the privacy feature would launch by default on Messenger and Instagram chat.
Wall Street Journal:
The US and UK governments jointly accuse Russia's FSB of orchestrating a wide-ranging, global hacking campaign since 2015 to interfere in British elections  —  The cyberattacks also allegedly took aim at U.S. energy networks and American spies  —  LONDON—The U.S. and U.K. governments …
Jessica Lyons Hardcastle / The Register:
A researcher says a years-old Bluetooth authentication flaw lets attackers inject keystrokes to run arbitrary commands on Apple, Android, and some Linux devices  —  Issue has been around since at least 2012  —  A years-old Bluetooth authentication bypass vulnerability allows miscreants to connect to Apple …
Bloomberg:
The UK's CMA is considering whether Microsoft and OpenAI's partnership should be called in for a merger probe, and asks for comments from interested parties  —  - CMA seeking views on whether the relationship should be probed  — Move is less than two months since watchdog cleared Activision
Maxwell Zeff / Gizmodo:
Devin Coldewey / TechCrunch:
Anthropic researchers find adding pleas to a prompt that tell its Claude 2 model not to be biased could reduce discrimination based on race, gender, and more  —  The problem of alignment is an important one when you're setting AI models up to make decisions in matters of finance and health.
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Allison Johnson / The Verge:
Mobile network companies have backed themselves into a corner by racing to roll out 5G, taking on piles of debt with few returns to show for their investments  —  Networks spent years telling us that 5G would change everything.  But the flashiest use cases are nowhere to be found …
Spencer Soper / Bloomberg:
Amazon sues an “international fraud organization” for allegedly stealing millions of dollars in merchandise from the company through a series of refund scams  —  - Shoppers took gaming consoles, smartphones, tires and gold  — Scammers live in US, five other countries, according to suit
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Spotify says CFO Paul Vogel plans to leave on March 31, 2024, and launches a search for a successor; Daniel Ek wants a CFO “with a different mix of experiences”  —  Spotify said chief financial officer Paul Vogel will leave the company next year and that it has launched a search to find a replacement.
Nikhilesh De / CoinDesk:
A US federal judge rules Binance founder Changpeng Zhao cannot return to the UAE before his sentencing, set for February 2024, after his release on a $175M bond  —  Zhao pleaded guilty to a federal charge last month.  —  Register Now  —  Binance founder and former CEO Changpeng Zhao …
Mackenzie Hawkins / Bloomberg:
Micron strikes a labor deal to hire 3,700 union workers for its $15B chip plant in Boise, Idaho, potentially giving the company an edge for federal chip funds  —  - Union workers to fill majority of 3,700 construction jobs  — Commerce Department prefers unionized sites for Chips funds

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