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March 10, 2024, 2:30 PM

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Wall Street Journal:
Source: ex-Activision CEO Bobby Kotick has approached ByteDance to express interest in buying TikTok and floated the idea of partnering to Sam Altman and others  —  Legislation forcing a sale or shutdown of the popular app has rekindled interest in possible deal
Mark Gurman / Bloomberg:
A look at the design options Apple considered for its car, including one by Jony Ive that resembled a modern reincarnation of the 1950s Volkswagen microbus  —  The Apple car was a case study in what happens when corporate indecision, technological challenges and market realities combine …
Scharon Harding / Ars Technica:
Roku faces a backlash after it appears to lock devices of users who don't agree to its new Dispute Resolution Terms, asking them to write a letter to opt out  —  Users are opted in automatically unless they write a letter to Roku by March 21.  —  Roku customers are threatening to stop using …
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Q&A with ex-PlayStation boss Shawn Layden about his support for Web3 gaming company Readygg, blockchain games, mass layoffs, AI, controlling costs, and more  —  Shawn Layden used to run Sony Interactive Entertainment's Worldwide Studios, a position that gave him unique insight into the whole industry and triple-A games.
Steve Nadis / Quanta Magazine:
In two recent papers, researchers detail a new breakthrough to speed up matrix multiplication, potentially leading to savings in computational power and money  —  By eliminating a hidden inefficiency, computer scientists have come up with a new way to multiply large matrices that's faster than ever.
Jordan Novet / CNBC:
Lindsay Clark / The Register:
Palantir wins a US Army contract worth $178.4M to provide battlefield AI systems for the TITAN ground station, the Army's first “AI-defined vehicle”  —  US spy-tech firm at center of UK health data systems applies its technology to altogether different ends
Preetika Rana / Wall Street Journal:
Uber, Lyft, Instacart, and DoorDash are testing different ways to show high-margin ads to customers, including personalized content and movie trailers  —  Uber, Lyft and Instacart are testing different ways to show high-margin ads to a captive audience.  Customers have noticed.
Sophia Cai / Axios:
A look at Trump's TikTok flip-flop, as he recognizes the app's appeal to younger voters and repairs his relation with ByteDance investor and GOP donor Jeff Yass  —  I don't want Facebook, who cheated in the last Election, doing better.  They are a true Enemy of the People!"  Trump posted on Truth Social Thursday.
Alex Konrad / Forbes:
Interviews with Garry Tan, Paul Graham, YC partners, and others about Tan reshaping YC in a “return to roots”, as some founders complain about politicization  —  Former venture capitalist Garry Tan has slashed programs and turned up the mics in a bid to restore …

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