February 21, 2024, 10:55 PM

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Kif Leswing / CNBC:
Nvidia reports Q4 revenue up 265% YoY to $22.1B, vs. $20.62B est., Data Center revenue up 409% to $18.4B, Q1 revenue forecast above estimates; NVDA jumps 7%+  —  - Nvidia reported earnings after the bell that beat Wall Street expectations for earnings and sales, and said revenue during the current quarter would be better than expected.
Emilia David / The Verge:
Google releases Gemma 2B and 7B, open-source AI models that let developers more freely use the research that went into Gemini, its flagship closed-source model  —  Google has released Gemma 2B and 7B, a pair of open-source AI models that let developers use the research that went into its flagship Gemini more freely.
Matt Burgess / Wired:
Apple unveils PQ3, a post-quantum cryptographic protocol for iMessage built on the Kyber algorithm, launching in iOS 17.4, iPadOS 17.4, and macOS 14.4 in March  —  Useful quantum computers aren't a reality—yet.  But in one of the biggest deployments of post-quantum encryption so far, Apple is bringing the technology to iMessage.
Ryan Smith / AnandTech:
Intel's Direct Connect announcements: IFS rebranded to Intel Foundry, fab roadmap including 18A-P, 14A, Hybrid Bonding, five nodes in four years, and more  —  5 nodes in 4 years.  This is what Intel CEO Pat Gelsinger promised Intel's customers, investors, and the world at large back in 2021 …
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Carly Page / TechCrunch:
Researchers warn that hackers are exploiting ConnectWise's remote access tool via a flaw “embarrassingly easy” to exploit; ConnectWise has confirmed the attacks  —  “I can't sugarcoat it — this shit is bad," said Huntress' CEO  —  Security experts are warning that a high-risk vulnerability …
Juli Clover / MacRumors:
The US FDA warns that it has not “authorized, cleared, or approved any smartwatch or smart ring” that claims to measure blood glucose levels non-invasively  —  The United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) does not want consumers to purchase or use smart watches or smart rings …
Sara Fischer / Axios:
BuzzFeed sells Complex, which it acquired for $300M in 2021, to livestream shopping platform Ntwrk for $108.6M; BuzzFeed plans to lay off 16% of its workforce  —  - The Wall Street Journal reported that BuzzFeed is also looking to possibly sell its social media food brand Tasty.
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Apple debuts Apple Sports, a free app offering scores and stats for the NBA, NHL, Premier League, and more, in the US, Canada, and the UK, on iOS 17.2 or later  —  Game on!  Apple launched a free standalone app for sports fans, Apple Sports, which is engineered to fire scores and stats to your iPhone as quickly as possible.
Taiwanese chip firms are moving to Japan as the China decoupling accelerates, with at least nine setting up shop or expanding operations over the past two years  —  Japan's efforts to rebuild its semiconductor industry are getting a shot in the arm as more and more Taiwanese chip companies expand here …
Anna Tong / Reuters:
Over 700 people, including AI experts and executives, sign an open letter calling for more regulation of deepfakes, including criminalizing deepfake child porn  —  Artificial intelligence experts and industry executives, including one of the technology's trailblazers Yoshua Bengio …
Corrie Driebusch / Wall Street Journal:
Sources: Reddit plans to reserve some of its IPO shares for 75K loyal users, an unusual move that could build loyalty, and list its shares on the NYSE in March  —  Social-media company intends to offer shares in the offering to 75,000 of its biggest users  —  Reddit plans to place a big chunk …
Christian Vasquez / CyberScoop:
Biden signs an EO to increase the cyber defenses of maritime ports via additional Coast Guard powers, invest $20B+ in infrastructure over five years, and more  —  President Joe Biden issued an executive order Wednesday morning aimed at increasing the defenses of maritime ports through additional authorities …
Counterpoint Research:
In a first, Apple had the seven best-selling smartphones globally in 2023, and Samsung had the next three; iPhone 14, 14 Pro Max, 14 Pro, and 13 were top four  —  - The combined market share of the top 10 smartphones in 2023 reached the highest ever at 20%, up from 19% in 2022.
Taylor Soper / GeekWire:
Techstars is shutting down its Seattle program, which was started in 2010, to shift focus on “hubs with the highest concentration of VC activity”  —  Techstars Seattle, one of the first accelerators to emerge from the Techstars program and a longstanding institution within Seattle's tech ecosystem, is shutting down.
The Information:
Source: Magic, which recently raised $117M and says its AI coding assistant has a larger context window than rivals', may have made an AI reasoning breakthrough  —  Former GitHub CEO Nat Friedman and his investment partner, Daniel Gross, raised eyebrows last week by writing a $100 million check to Magic …
Kate Irwin / PCMag:
Google says it's working to fix Gemini's “inaccuracies in some historical image generation depictions”, after some users complained about them  —  Controversy is swirling around Google's generative AI tool Gemini as some users complain that its historical depictions are not accurate.
Andrew Hayward / Decrypt:
Yuga Labs co-founder Greg “Garga” Solano announces he's returning as CEO of the company, replacing Daniel Alegre, who spent less than a year in the role  —  Big changes are coming as Greg “Garga” Solano takes the helm at Yuga Labs, apparently pushing out Daniel Alegre in the process.
Chance Miller / 9to5Mac:
Apple says the iPhone 15 lineup can retain up to 80% of its original battery capacity at 1,000 charge cycles, up from its original estimate of 500 charge cycles  —  In addition to changes to the Battery Health settings in iOS 17.4, Apple has more iPhone battery news to share today.

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