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January 18, 2024, 7:45 PM

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Alex Heath / The Verge:
Zuckerberg says Meta wants to build and open source AGI, and brings AI group FAIR closer to the generative AI team; Meta will own 340K+ H100 GPUs by 2024's end  —  And he wants Meta to open source it.  Eventually.  Maybe. … Fueling the generative AI craze is a belief that the tech industry …
Bloomberg:
YouTube and, according to a source, Spotify are not planning to launch a native Apple Vision Pro app or to allow their iPad app to run on the platform  —  - Users of those services will be steered toward the web  — Searches indicate apps from Meta may also be unavailable
Andy Baio / Waxy.org:
A history of Ello, which defined itself as an alternative to ad-driven social media, from its 2014 launch and funding to its quiet sale and sudden death in 2023  —  Ello launched on August 7, 2014 with big dreams and big promises, a new social network defined by what it wouldn't do.
John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
Apple's seeming sense of entitlement to commissions from third-party iOS apps shows a confrontational stance, instead of seeking to lessen regulatory pressure  —  That take didn't last long. … Sweeney's description makes it sound as though Apple is demanding its commission from all web sales …
Ben Schoon / 9to5Google:
In the footnotes of the Galaxy S24, S24+, and S24 Ultra online listings, Samsung says that Galaxy AI features will be free only until the end of 2025  —  AI is the big selling point of Samsung's new Galaxy S24 series, but the new, rather good suite of Galaxy AI features may eventually come with a cost, the company has confirmed.
Carly Page / TechCrunch:
Google's TAG says Russia-linked hacking group Cold River is ramping up its activity and using new tactics, like data-stealing malware, to cause more disruption  —  Google researchers say they have evidence that a notorious Russian-linked hacking group — tracked as “Cold River” …
Sandali Handagama / CoinDesk:
The EU Council and Parliament reach a provisional deal on the Anti-Money Laundering Regulation, which will force all crypto companies to run user due diligence  —  Crypto firms have to do checks on transactions of 1,000 euro or more, and the framework adds measures to mitigate risks in transfers with self-hosted wallets.
Reuters:
Sources: Reddit has drawn up plans for an IPO in March 2024, with a public filing in late February, the first major social media IPO since Pinterest's in 2019  —  Social media platform Reddit has drawn up detailed plans to launch its initial public offering (IPO) in March …
Chainalysis:
Illicit crypto addresses received $24.2B in 2023, down 39% YoY from $39.6B, and stablecoins accounted for the majority of the transaction volume, replacing BTC  —  The Chainalysis 2024 Crypto Crime Report  —  2023 was a year of recovery for cryptocurrency, as the industry rebounded from the scandals …
Aisha Malik / TechCrunch:
Instagram adds nighttime nudges for teens, encouraging them to close the app and go to sleep after they spend more than 10 minutes in Reels or DMs late at night  —  Instagram is introducing new nighttime nudges for teen accounts to limit their time on the app, the company announced on Thursday.
Mark Gurman / Bloomberg:
Internal video and memo: Apple sees health care, training, and education as key areas for the Vision Pro, and will give employees a 25% discount on the device  —  - Company has teams focused on enterprise and education uses  — Employees to get at least a 25% discount on Apple Vision Pro
Sheila Chiang / CNBC:
TSMC reports Q4 revenue down 1.5% YoY to ~$19.62B and net income down 19.3% YoY to ~$7.56B, both above estimates on the back of weaker macroeconomic conditions  —  - TSMC reported fourth-quarter revenue slipped 1.5% from a year ago to NT$625.53 billion, while net income dropped 19.3% from a year ago to NT$238.71 billion.
Lawrence Abrams / BleepingComputer:
Have I Been Pwned adds almost 71M email addresses tied to stolen accounts from the Naz.API dataset, which allegedly contains 1B+ lines of stolen credentials  —  Have I Been Pwned has added almost 71 million email addresses associated with stolen accounts in the Naz.API dataset to its data breach notification service.
Joseph Cox / 404 Media:
Google News is boosting sites that use AI to rip off other outlets and churn out content; Google says News doesn't focus on whether articles are by humans or AI  —  Google News is boosting sites that rip-off other outlets by using AI to rapidly churn out content, 404 Media has found.
Hayden Field / CNBC:
OpenAI announces a deal with Arizona State University, which will have full access to ChatGPT Enterprise and plans to build personalized AI tutors  —  - OpenAI on Thursday announced its first partnership with a higher education institution: Starting in February, Arizona State University …

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