February 29, 2024, 9:00 AM

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Alex Koller / CNBC:
EA plans to cut 5% of its workforce, part of a plan that includes reducing office space and sunsetting some games; EA employed 13,400 workers as of March 2023  —  - EA announced Wednesday that it will cut 5% of its workforce.  — The video game company employed 13,400 workers as of the end …
Deepa Seetharaman / Wall Street Journal:
Sources: the US SEC sent a subpoena to OpenAI in December 2023, seeking internal records, after the board's decision in November 2023 to fire Sam Altman as CEO  —  Regulator is examining internal communications of CEO Sam Altman, after board last year temporarily ousted him for alleged lack of candor
New York Times:
Sources detail Apple's $10B+ car project: years of disagreements over building a self-driving car or just an EV, talks with Elon Musk on buying Tesla, and more  —  Internal disagreements over the direction of the Apple car led the effort to sputter for years before it was canceled this week.
Coinbase says all services on its website have been restored after a “display issue” on February 28 caused some users to see a zero balance in their account  —  Coinbase Global (COIN.O) said on Wednesday that all services on its website have been restored after an issue earlier …
Dan Goodin / Ars Technica:
Researchers detail an ongoing repo confusion attack, which involves cloning existing repos and infecting them with malware loaders, impacting 100K+ GitHub repos  —  GitHub keeps removing malware-laced repositories, but thousands remain.  —  GitHub is struggling to contain …
Leo Schwartz / Fortune:
Gemini agrees to return the $1B+ owed to customers and pay a $37M fine in a settlement with the New York Department of Financial Services related to Gemini Earn  —  The New York Department of Financial Services on Wednesday announced a settlement with Gemini, the crypto firm founded by the Winklevoss twins …
Mark Gurman / Bloomberg:
Tim Cook says Apple will “break new ground” in generative AI this year; Apple shareholders reject a request for a report into whether Apple uses AI ethically  —  - Shareholders approve recommendations for board, executive pay  — Longtime directors Al Gore and James Bell officially step down
FCC Chair Jessica Rosenworcel proposes subjecting carmakers to the Safe Connections Act to protect domestic abuse survivors from misuse of internet car systems  —  The chairwoman of the Federal Communications Commission on Wednesday proposed a potential new rule that would subject automakers …
Amrita Khalid / The Verge:
X adds a feature that lets Spaces hosts enable live video when they create a new session, available on iOS  —  Spaces, the live audio feature for X, is now letting hosts turn on their video during chat sessions.  The platform formerly known as Twitter announced the news on Wednesday …
Kyle Wiggers / TechCrunch:
ServiceNow, Hugging Face, and Nvidia release free code-generating AI models StarCoder2-3B/7B/15B, the first two of which can run on most modern consumer GPUs  —  Developers are adopting AI-powered code generators — services like GitHub Copilot and Amazon CodeWhisperer …
Natasha Lomas / TechCrunch:
Eight EU consumer rights groups lodge GDPR complaints with national data protection authorities, accusing Meta of coercing users with its “pay-or-consent” model  —  A controversial move by Meta last year, when it switched to charging users in the European Union for an ad-free subscription …
Consumer Reports:
Researchers find serious security flaws in cheap video door bells sold by a Chinese company under various brands names on Amazon, Shein, and other sites  —  The devices are also sold by Walmart, Sears, and other retailers—and big platforms have faced few consequences for shipping flawed products
Mehtab Ansari / Smartprix:
Alleged renders of Samsung's Galaxy Z Fold 6 show a boxy frame, flat sides, and dimensions that make it slightly shorter and wider than its predecessor  —  The Galaxy Z Fold 6, leaks and rumors about the device have been floating around for a while now and yesterday we reported …
Jeanne Whalen / Washington Post:
The US launches a probe into possible security risks of Chinese-manufactured vehicles, saying modern cars are like smartphones and could be used for espionage  —  The Biden administration says software and digital connections in modern cars could be used to spy on Americans or sabotage the vehicles
Jonathan Vanian / CNBC:
Snowflake says that CEO Frank Slootman is retiring, and reports Q4 revenue up 32% YoY to $774.7M and Q1 product revenue guidance below est.; SNOW drops 20%+  —  - Snowflake said CEO Frank Slootman, who took the company public in 2020, is retiring.  — The stock dropped in extended trading.
Ben Lovejoy / 9to5Mac:
Kuo: Vision Pro demand is higher than Apple originally expected, with US shipments expected to hit 200-250k units this year; return rates are now below 1%  —  Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo believes that Vision Pro demand is higher than Apple originally expected, with US shipments expected to hit 200-250k units this year.

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