December 14, 2023, 1:00 PM

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Jon Porter / The Verge:
Meta launches Threads in the European Union, following the US, the UK, and 100+ other countries, and adds a way for EU users to browse Threads without a profile  —  Meta's Twitter competitor, Threads, is now available in the European Union, CEO Mark Zuckerberg has announced.
Kirsten Korosec / TechCrunch:
Email: Cruise lays off 900 staff, or ~24% of its workforce, targeting non-engineering jobs, as part of a plan to slash costs and attempt to revamp the company  —  Cruise, the embattled GM self-driving car subsidiary, is laying off 900 employees, or about 24% of its workforce …
Kif Leswing / CNBC:
Intel announces Gaudi3, a generative AI chip in development since 2019 and launching in 2024 to take on Nvidia's H100 and AMD's MI300X, but is light on details  —  - Intel unveiled new computer chips on Thursday, including Gaudi3, a chip for generative AI software.
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AJ Vicens / CyberScoop:
Microsoft seizes US-based infrastructure and websites used by cybercrime group Storm-1152 that created ~750M fraudulent Microsoft accounts, after a court order  —  Relying on a court order, the tech giant seized websites belonging to a top purveyor of fraudulent Microsoft accounts.
Jason Koebler / 404 Media:
Three Polish hackers say they fixed trains allegedly bricked by manufacturer Newag because an independent repair shop worked on them; Newag denies bricking them  —  Join the newsletter to get the latest updates.  —  Success  —  Great!  Check your inbox and click the link.  —  Error
Emma Roth / The Verge:
Twitch now allows some previously prohibited sexual content, including “deliberately highlighted breasts, buttocks or pelvic region”, with a sexual themes label  —  Twitch is updating the way it responds to sexual content.  As part of the change, the streaming platform will now allow …
Umar Shakir / The Verge:
Google plans to start testing Tracking Protection on January 4 on ~1% of global Chrome users to block third-party cookies, ahead of a phased rollout in H2 2024  —  Google is about to launch its grand plan to block third-party cookies in Chrome that many websites use to track your activity across the web for profit.
Jordan Novet / CNBC:
Sources: LinkedIn shelves its effort, announced in 2019, to relocate its data centers out of its physical facilities and into Azure, a setback for Microsoft  —  - LinkedIn called off a plan to move technology to Microsoft Azure, a setback for its parent company, which is chasing Amazon Web Services.
Benj Edwards / Ars Technica:
After an on-by-default AI toggle caused confusion, Dropbox says user data is only shared with OpenAI if the AI-powered search feature is actively being used  —  AI feature turned on by default worries users; Dropbox responds to concerns.  —  On Wednesday, news quickly spread on social media …
Guthrie Scrimgeour / Wired:
A look at Koolau Ranch, Mark Zuckerberg's 1,400-acre, $270M+ compound in Kauai, Hawaii, with a 5,000 sq. ft. underground shelter, a project shrouded in secrecy  —  Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg is building a sprawling, $100 million compound in Hawaii—complete with plans for a huge underground bunker.
Chris Welch / The Verge:
Apple begins selling a $99 USB-C charging case for its second-generation AirPods Pro as a standalone purchase; delivery estimates are for after Christmas  —  Apple has begun selling the USB-C charging case for its second-generation AirPods Pro as a standalone purchase.  But it doesn't come cheap.
Subrat Patnaik / Bloomberg:
Apple's stock rose 1.7% to close at $197.96 on December 13, surpassing its previous record close in July 2023 and up 52% for the year, for a $3.08T market cap  —  - Shares surpass July high, putting market cap at $3.08 trillion  — Revenue seen growing again in 2024 after falling this year

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