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January 23, 2024, 10:45 AM

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Scharon Harding / Ars Technica:
HP says updates that brick printers with third-party cartridges could protect users from embedded viruses, but security experts say such a threat is theoretical  —  “Our long-term objective is to make printing a subscription.”  —  Last Thursday, HP CEO Enrique Lores addressed …
CNBC:
Netflix buys the exclusive rights to WWE programs like Raw, airing in 2025 in the US, Canada, Latin America, and more; filing: the 10-year deal is worth $5B+  —  - Netflix and TKO Group Holdings said Tuesday that the streaming platform will air the WWE's flagship program Raw starting next year.
Kyle Wiggers / TechCrunch:
MIT CSAIL study: only 23% of US wages for doing vision tasks would be economically attractive to automate with AI, due to large upfront and operating expenses  —  Will AI automate human jobs, and — if so — which jobs and when?  —  That's the trio of questions a new research study …
Sergiu Gatlan / BleepingComputer:
The FTC orders Intuit to stop promoting its products as “free” unless they are actually free for all consumers, after an FTC judge found TurboTax ads misleading  —  Today, the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) ordered Intuit to stop promoting its software products and services as …
Cecilia D'Anastasio / Bloomberg:
Tencent-owned Riot Games plans to lay off 530 employees globally, or about 11% of staff, saying Riot “more than doubled in headcount” over the past few years  —  The cuts, which amount to about 11% of staff, were announced Monday in a blog post and letter to employees.
Ash Parrish / The Verge:
Bloomberg:
Samsung is exploring the development of noninvasive glucose monitoring and blood pressure checking, as part of a push to put health features in various devices  —  - Company's mobile health chief discusses plans in interview  — Health push also includes new Galaxy Ring and future earbuds
Emma Roth / The Verge:
Apple releases iOS 17.3, which adds a Stolen Device Protection feature, Apple Music collaborative playlists, support for streaming to more hotel TVs, and more  —  iOS 17.3 is out, and it comes with a new security feature that's supposed to prevent thieves from taking your iPhone and quickly taking …
Benjamin Mayo / 9to5Mac:
Apple will pay up to 10% more per play in Apple Music royalties for tracks where a Spatial Audio version is available, starting with January's payouts  —  Apple Music is now encouraging artists with a financial incentive to make their music available in Spatial Audio, which offers …
Riley Griffin / Bloomberg:
Sources: the Biden admin preps an EO that aims to restrict the flow of sensitive data through intermediaries, like data brokers, to foreign countries like China  —  - Concern about countries accessing US data through legal means  — White House worried about AI being used to mine information
Sam Kessler / CoinDesk:
A bug in Ethereum's Nethermind client took down 8% of Ethereum's validators on January 21, raising concerns about Geth, which powers ~85% of the validators  —  The lion's share of Ethereum's validators rely on the same piece of software to power their operations.  According to some experts, this could be a big risk.
MacKenzie Sigalos / CNBC:
The US SEC says the January 9 hack of its X account was via a SIM swap attack to reset its password; it had disabled 2FA in July 2023 over account access issues  —  - The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission said on Monday that a SIM swap attack was to blame for the breach of its official account on X …
Mark Wilson / Fast Company:
An interview with Rabbit CEO Jesse Lyu about the R1's design, collaboration with Teenage Engineering, why he didn't want to make an app, and more  —  Few people knew who Jesse Lyu was when he posted a video of himself to X, standing in front of a black backdrop in a black T-shirt, holding a bright orange gadget.
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Silverfort, which provides identity threat protection tools, raised a $116M Series D led by Brighton Park Capital, sources say at an “around” $1B valuation  —  Silverfort, the Israeli/U.S. startup, takes an all-in view when it comes to identity security in an organization.
Julia Love / Bloomberg:
Source: Alphabet's moonshot X lab is restructuring to make it easier to spin out projects as startups; sources say the unit is laying off dozens of employees  —  - X is the brainchild of Google founders Brin and Page  — Google's job cuts are part of a broader cost-efficiency push
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