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January 5, 2024, 9:20 PM

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New York Times:
Sources: the US DOJ may file an antitrust lawsuit against Apple that targets the company's strategies to protect the dominance of the iPhone as soon as H1 2024  —  Justice Department officials are in the late stages of investigating the iPhone maker, focusing on how Apple has used …
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Incase partners with Microsoft to sell PC accessories, which Microsoft discontinued in 2023; new products include ones that Microsoft designed but never shipped  —  Microsoft surprised everyone last year by deciding to discontinue its range of popular mice, keyboards, and PC accessories.
Emma Roth / The Verge:
A developer finds that Google seems to be working on Bard Advanced, an upgraded version of Bard that will be available through a Google One paid subscription  —  Google appears to be working on an upgraded version of Bard called “Bard Advanced” that will be available through a paid subscription …
Matthias Bastian / The Decoder:
A survey of 2,778 AI researchers: 38.4% support faster development and 34.7% support slower development, AI development's pace will keep accelerating, and more  —  The “2023 Expert Survey on Progress in AI” shows that the scientific community has no consensus on the risks and opportunities of AI …
Jessica Toonkel / Wall Street Journal:
Sources: Netflix is weighing how to make money from video games, like via IAPs and ads; Apptopia: as of October 2023, <1% of subscribers played its games daily  —  Ideas include charging extra for some games and incorporating ads, in-game purchases  —  Netflix has said it plans to be in gaming for years to come.
Ezra Reguerra / Cointelegraph:
CertiK: $1.8B+ in digital assets was lost across 751 crypto hacks in 2023, down 51% from the $3.7B lost in 2022; Q3 2023 recorded the most losses, at $686M+  —  CertiK co-founder Ronghui Gu told Cointelegraph that, all things considered, 2023 was a “positive development” for blockchain security.
Gergely Orosz / The Pragmatic Engineer:
How a change to US tax law Section 174, forcing amortization of software labor, led to higher tax bills, less hiring, more layoffs, IP moving abroad, and more  —  In October, we looked into bootstrapped companies founded by software engineers and the article resonated with many readers …
Kyle Bradshaw / 9to5Google:
Samsung debuts Designed for Samsung Gaming Hub, an accessory program for its cloud Gaming Hub on its smart TVs; the first product is a PDP wireless controller  —  Ahead of CES 2024, Samsung is taking the wraps off of a new officially licensed accessory program for the cloud “Gaming Hub” …

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