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January 21, 2024, 1:20 PM

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Mark Gurman / Bloomberg:
Four reasons for the less-than-expected developer enthusiasm for Apple's Vision Pro, including an uncertain ROI and anger at Apple for its App Store policies  —  Apple's new Vision Pro will lack some key apps when it debuts, renewing concerns about an already-tense relationship with certain developers.
Bloomberg:
Microsoft says Russia-linked group Midnight Blizzard hacked some employee emails beginning in November 2023; the same group breached SolarWinds as early as 2019  —  - Nation-state spies previously conducted cyber-espionage on US  — Targeted breaches hit Microsoft executives, cyber team
Bloomberg:
Sources: Canva generated $2B+ in annualized revenue in 2023 and is nearing a $1.5B+ share sale at a ~$26B valuation, roughly the same as in its previous round  —  - Sale of existing shares would maintain $26 billion valuation  — Australian firm saw over $2 billion annualized revenue in 2023
Lawrence Abrams / BleepingComputer:
The US sentences BreachForums admin Conor Brian Fitzpatrick, aka “Pompompurin”, to 20 years of supervised release for his role in operating the cybercrime forum  —  Conor Brian Fitzpatrick was sentenced to 20 years of supervised release today in the Eastern District of Virginia …
Juliette Perreard / Nikkei Asia:
Generative AI and how to regulate the tech dominated the discussions at the 2024 World Economic Forum; the UN Secretary-General said AI poses risks to societies  —  Finding common language with China will be difficult, European Commission official says  —  One of the many signs in Davos …
Carl Franzen / VentureBeat:
Nightshade, a free tool that lets artists “poison” AI models being trained on their artwork without permission, is now available to download for Mac and PC  —  It's here: months after it was first announced, Nightshade, a new, free software tool allowing artists to “poison” …
Sean Hollister / The Verge:
A look at Nvidia and Convai's AI-powered video game NPCs, which are effectively generative AI chatbots that players can talk to, instead of using preset phrases  —  What if you could just... speak... to video game characters?  Ask your own questions, with your own voice, instead of picking from preset phrases?
Ash Parrish / The Verge:
A September 2023 survey of 3,000+ game developers: 84% were somewhat or very concerned about the ethics of using generative AI and 35% were impacted by layoffs  —  Game developers are overwhelmingly concerned about the ethics of using AI.  The organizers of the Game Developers Conference …

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