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March 8, 2024, 1:02 PM

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Tom Warren / The Verge:
Microsoft says Russian state-sponsored hackers Midnight Blizzard accessed some of its “source code repositories and internal systems” following the January hack  —  Microsoft revealed earlier this year that Russian state-sponsored hackers had been spying on the email accounts of some members of its senior leadership team.
Zac Hall / 9to5Mac:
Epic says Apple has reinstated its developer account, clearing the way for its Epic Games Store in the EU; Tim Sweeney says the move followed a swift EU inquiry  —  After a whirlwind of events, Epic Games says Apple has reinstated their App Store developer account.
Florian Mueller / games fray:
Apple's handling of Epic's account closure turned a US contract dispute into a DMA enforcement priority due to the appearance of a gatekeeper silencing critics  —  Context: Apple terminated an app developer account obtained by Epic Games' Swedish subsidiary in order to build an alternative iOS app store …
Bloomberg:
Tests show GPT-3.5 and GPT-4 systematically produce biases that disadvantage protected groups, based on their names, when screening and ranking job candidates  —  Recruiters are eager to use generative AI, but a Bloomberg experiment found bias against job candidates based on their names alone
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Rebecca Falconer / Axios:
Donald Trump declares support for TikTok, saying a ban will double the business of “Facebook and Zuckerschmuck” and Facebook is the “true enemy of the people”  —  - Congress members were inundated with calls from angry constituents after TikTok told its users …
Karissa Bell / Engadget:
X unveils Articles, a feature for writing and sharing long-form content in a basic text-editing interface, for verified organizations and Premium+ subscribers  —  Long-winded VCs on X now have a new way to be exhausting on main.  —  Journalists, creators and long-winded VCs on X now have a new way to be exhausting on main.
Abner Li / 9to5Google:
Google says Gemini Nano won't come to the Pixel 8 due to “some hardware limitations”, but plans to bring the LLM to more “high-end devices in the near future”  —  During The Android Show today, Google shared more about Gemini Nano, including how it won't be coming to the Pixel 8.
Mathias Hammer / Semafor:
The US House Energy and Commerce Committee advances a bill that would force ByteDance to divest TikTok, after TikTok's campaign reportedly enraged legislators  —  Semafor Signals  —  Insights from The New York Times, Financial Times, and CNN  —  The News
Karishma Vaswani / Bloomberg:
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John Tozzi / Bloomberg:
UnitedHealth says electronic prescribing is restored and expects its payments platform back online by March 15, after a hack triggered disruptions two weeks ago  —  Electronic prescribing is now restored.  The company's payments platform will be back online March 15, and testing …
Carmen Reinicke / Bloomberg:
Coinbase's stock crosses its 2021 direct listing reference price of $250, after growing 300%+ in the past 12 months, as bitcoin hovers around its record high  —  - Crypto exchange has rallied over 300% in the last 12 months  — Gains also driven by SEC approval of spot Bitcoin ETFs
Mackenzie Hawkins / Bloomberg:
Sources: TSMC to win $5B+ in grants to support an Arizona chipmaking project; Samsung offered additional investment to its $17B Texas factory to boost its award  —  - Talks ongoing with TSMC and other advanced chipmakers  — Samsung has floated additional investment to boost their award
More: Reuters
Evan Halper / Washington Post:
US data center demand for crypto mining and AI are putting new pressures on an overtaxed power grid, as bottlenecks mount and utilities struggle to keep up  —  AI and the boom in clean-tech manufacturing are pushing America's power grid to the brink.  Utilities can't keep up.
Phil Serafino / Bloomberg:
Filing: chipmaker Astera Labs, which offers cloud and AI connectivity hardware, plans to raise as much as $534M in its US IPO  —  Astera is selling 14.79 million shares, while existing investors are offering another 3.01 million, the Santa Clara, California-based company said Friday in a regulatory filing.
More: Verdict
Addie Morfoot / Variety:
How Netflix's stand-up specials, COVID-19, as well as YouTube, TikTok, Instagram, and podcasts have transformed the comedy business, broadening comedians' reach  —  Netflix, COVID and social media have been game changers for the comedy business, with the pandemic accelerating shifts already underway across the media landscape.

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