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December 27, 2023, 4:15 PM

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The NYT sues OpenAI and Microsoft for copyright infringement, alleging they used millions of its articles to train AI, the first major US media outlet to sue  —  Millions of articles from The New York Times were used to train chatbots that now compete with it, the lawsuit said.
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Blake Brittain / Reuters:
A US appeals court pauses the ITC's Apple Watch Series 9 and Ultra 2 import ban over Masimo's patents, after the Biden administration declined to veto the ban  —  Apple (AAPL.O) scored a victory on Wednesday as a U.S. appeals court paused a government commission's import ban …
Mark Gurman / Bloomberg:
How Apple hiring Stanford PhD Marcelo Lamego, who was the CTO of Masimo spinoff Cercacor, in 2013 to add Watch features sparked a fight that led to the US ban  —  Apple's hiring of a key engineer 10 years ago helped spark a fight that led its watch to be banned from the US.
Dan Goodin / Ars Technica:
Researchers detail a zero-click iMessage attack that used four zero-days and hacked iPhones for over four years, including dozens belonging to Kaspersky staff  —  “Triangulation” infected dozens of iPhones belonging to employees of Moscow-based Kaspersky.  —  Researchers on Wednesday …
Chris Welch / The Verge:
Amazon plans to start showing ads in movies and shows on Prime Video from January 29, with an option for customers to pay an extra $2.99 per month to avoid them  —  Earlier this year, Amazon announced plans to start incorporating ads into movies and TV shows streamed from its Prime Video service …
Lily Hay Newman / Wired:
Researchers develop a protocol to secure AirTags against stalking while maintaining privacy, aiming to improve on Apple's system of rotating public identifiers  —  Apple updated its location-tracking system in an attempt to cut down on AirTag abuse while still preserving privacy.
New York Times:
Investigation: China's Ministry of State Security intel agency uses AI and other tech to challenge the CIA; US officials describe an AI system to track US spies  —  The ambitious Ministry of State Security is deploying A.I. and other advanced technology to go toe-to-toe with the United States …
David Pan / Bloomberg:
Filing: MicroStrategy acquired 14,620 BTC for $616M in cash, taking its total holdings to 189,150 BTC, worth $8B+, or almost 1% of the 19.58M BTC outstanding  —  - MicroStrategy's total Bitcoin holdings is now 189,150 coins … The Tysons Corner, Virginia-based company run …
George Hammond / Financial Times:
PitchBook: Microsoft, Google, and Amazon made investments amounting to 66% of the $27B raised by generative AI startups in 2023, vastly outspending VC firms  —  Microsoft, Google and Amazon crowd out traditional Silicon Valley investors in blockbuster deals with AI start-ups in 2023
Mark Gurman / Bloomberg:
Sources: outgoing Apple executive Tang Tan plans to join Jony Ive's LoveFrom to work on an AI hardware project; Sam Altman plans to provide the software base  —  - Design executive Tang Tan is set to leave Apple in February  — Tan will join Ive's LoveFrom design studio, work on AI project
Nikkei Asia:
Sources: Japan is preparing regulations that would require Apple, Google, and others to allow third-party app stores and payment systems on their mobile OSes  —  Antitrust curbs to require tech giants to allow third-party app platforms and billing  —  Google and Apple both require apps …

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