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March 7, 2024, 9:20 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.’
Axios:
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 …
Ina Fried / Axios:
Inflection launches Inflection-2.5, which for weeks has helped its chatbot Pi perform “neck and neck with” OpenAI's GPT-4, and says Pi has 1M DAUs and 6M MAUs  —  - CEO Mustafa Suleyman said he is particularly pleased that Inflection 2.5 achieved these results while using only 40% of the training compute as GPT-4.
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.
More: The InformationThreads: @tarikh and @ri.woche
Wall Street Journal:
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.
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
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 …
More: PYMNTS.com and iTnews
New York Times:
Sources: OpenAI CTO Mira Murati brought questions about Sam Altman's management to the board last year before he was ousted; a new board is expected imminently  —  Mira Murati, OpenAI's chief technology officer, brought questions about Mr. Altman's management to the board last year before he was briefly ousted from the company.
Jason Del Rey / Fortune:
Amazon Lending, launched in 2011, discontinues underwriting new loans for sellers in the US and the UK, but third-party financing options will still be offered  —  More than a decade after first offering loans to merchants who sell goods through its online marketplaces …

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