March 7, 2024, 5:00 PM

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Mia Sato / The Verge:
TikTok sends US users a push notification saying Congress plans a total ban, with a link to find representatives, after the White House supported a TikTok bill  —  A push notification warns that the move ‘strips 170 million Americans of their Constitutional right to free expression.’
Congressional offices are being flooded with calls from angry constituents following TikTok's push notification asking users to call their representatives  —  - House Speaker Mike Johnson (R-La.) said he supported the bill being marked up on Thursday, just two days after it was unveiled …
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
Eva Dou / Washington Post:
As the EU's DMA takes effect, sources say the Biden administration, which sent two letters protesting the DMA, stopped short of pushing the issue with the EU  —  The European Union's landmark Digital Markets Act comes into effect today, requiring changes at five U.S. internet giants
Wall Street Journal:
How the EU's DMA could impact Apple and Google's rivalry; sources say Google lobbied EU officials in 2023 to let users download apps from alternative app stores  —  Under the new rules, the iPhone maker will open up parts of its lucrative app ecosystem, providing an opportunity for rivals like Google
Samuel Stolton / Bloomberg:
The EU confirms requesting further explanations from Apple over removing Epic's developer account under the DMA, and is examining if Apple broke any other rules  —  - Epic Games barred by Apple from opening own iPhone app store  — EU says it is looking to see if firm has broken new tech law
Zac Hall / 9to5Mac:
Devindra Hardawar / Engadget:
MacBook Air (2024) review: sturdy and sleek, fast M3 chip, excellent 13- and 15-inch displays, great keyboard, and solid speakers, but USB-C is only on one side  —  Apple's M3 chip is a decent speed bump, but the M2 MacBook Air remains a great deal.  —  It's hard to expect much from Apple's new M3-equipped MacBook Airs.
Jon Porter / The Verge:
Apple plans to let EU-based iPhone users uninstall Safari by 2024's end and is working on a more “user-friendly” way to let them switch to Android by fall 2025  —  Apple is preparing to allow EU-based iPhone users to uninstall its first-party Safari browser by the end of 2024 …
New York Times:
Analysis: Temu and Shein are spending billions on Facebook, X, and YouTube ads in the US; Temu placed ~1.4M ads globally across Google services in the past year  —  Temu, Shein, and streaming and gaming apps looking to break into the U.S. market are spending huge sums to get their wares in front of American consumers.
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Zac Bowden / Windows Central:
Microsoft announces a New Era of Work event on March 21 at 9am PT, where updates to Windows 11, Microsoft Copilot, Surface Pro, and Surface Laptop are expected  —  New Surface hardware and Windows 11 features will be announced on March 21.  —  What you need to know
Filipe Espósito / 9to5Mac:
Kuo: Apple's only foldable device with a “clear development schedule” is the 20.3-inch MacBook, which is expected to enter mass production in 2027  —  We've been hearing a lot of rumors about Apple working on multiple foldable devices.  While most of them refer to devices similar …
Stephen Nellis / Reuters:
LinkedIn says its premium subscriptions unit hit $1.7B in revenue in 2023; COO Dan Shapero says premium subscribers rose 25% in 2023  —  LinkedIn on Thursday for the first time disclosed sales for its premium subscription business, saying the unit hit $1.7 billion in revenue in 2023 …
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James Reddick / The Record:
FBI: in 2023, Americans reported $12.5B+ in losses to online fraud, up 22% YoY; losses to investment fraud grew 38% YoY to $4.57B, with $3.94B related to crypto  —  More than $12.5 billion was lost in 2023 to online fraud in cases reported by the American public, according …
Tatiana Siegel / Variety:
Sources: Apple spent $700M+ of its reported $1B+ 2023 studio spend on just Napoleon, Killers of the Flower Moon, and Argylle, which earned $466M combined  —  On March 10, the tech giant has 13 shots to take home an Oscar via two historical epics, “Killers of the Flower Moon” and “Napoleon …
Mike Wheatley / SiliconANGLE:
Paris-based Zama, an open-source cryptography startup developing fully homomorphic encryption technology for blockchain and AI apps, raised a $73M Series A  —  Zama SAS, an open-source cryptography startup focused on building fully homomorphic encryption or FHE technology to protect privacy …
Cynthia Kroet / Euronews:
After IAB Europe appealed a 2022 decision, the EU's highest court rules that IAB's online advertising model uses personal data and is therefore subject to GDPR  —  After clarification from Luxembourg, the Belgian Court of Appeal will now rule on the case.  —  IAB Europe's online advertising …
Ryan Gallagher / Bloomberg:
How Microsoft has run a Chinese version of Bing since 2009, helping Beijing maintain its Great Firewall; China accounted for 1.8% of Microsoft's sales in 2020  —  The company's search engine does good business in China, a market Google and Facebook abandoned years ago.
Dina Genkina / IEEE Spectrum:
Research suggests that prompt engineering is best done by the LLM itself, raising suspicions that a fair portion of prompt engineering jobs may be a passing fad  —  Since ChatGPT dropped in the fall of 2022, everyone and their donkey has tried their hand at prompt engineering …

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