March 12, 2024, 9:40 AM

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Chance Miller / 9to5Mac:
Apple announces App Store updates under the EU's DMA, including letting developers offer apps on their websites via a new Web Distribution tool from spring 2024  —  Last week, Apple released iOS 17.4 with big changes to the iPhone and App Store ecosystem to comply with the Digital Markets Act in the European Union.
Abner Li / 9to5Google:
Google, Apple, Mozilla, and Microsoft launch Speedometer 3.0, a benchmark to “create a shared understanding of web performance”; Speedometer 2.0 debuted in 2018  —  Speedometer has long been Google's preferred benchmark, previously noting how it's the “most reflective of the real world” …
The SP Android:
Analysis: TikTok's app code shows a separate TikTok Photos app, a potential Instagram rival that syncs with the main app and may debut “soon” on iOS and Android  —  Tiktok has dominated the short form video market from a long time and other platform like Instagram and YouTube copied …
Andy Greenberg / Wired:
Nigeria has held Binance executives Tigran Gambaryan and Nadeem Anjarwalla in Abuja without any charges or their passports since February 26, per their families  —  Tigran Gambaryan, a former crypto-focused US federal agent, and a second Binance executive, Nadeem Anjarwalla, have been held in Abuja without passports for two weeks.
Hannah Murphy / Financial Times:
An interview with Pavel Durov on running Telegram, which has ~50 full time staff, its Dubai HQ, reaching 1B MAUs in 12-14 months, Russia, moderation, and more  —  As the messaging platform gears up for a potential stock market flotation, it is under pressure to curtail use by criminals
Pew Research Center:
A survey of US teens: 38% say they spend too much time on their phone, vs. 27% for too much social media; girls are more likely to report too much phone time  —  Most teens at least sometimes feel happy and peaceful when they don't have their phone, but 44% say this makes them anxious.
Andrew Marantz / New Yorker:
A profile of several AI “doomers”, including AI Impacts researcher Katja Grace, and “effective accelerationists”, as both make arguments about the future of AI  —  Some people think machine intelligence will transform humanity for the better.  Others fear it may destroy us.
Kurt Wagner / Bloomberg:
Meta sues ex-VP Dipinder Singh Khurana for allegedly stealing documents related to employee pay and private contracts before leaving for a stealth AI startup  —  - Khurana allegedly took employee pay docs and private contracts  — Meta says eight employees followed Khurana to new startup
Matt Burgess / Wired:
Washington Post:
Sources: in summer 2023, Donald Trump asked Elon Musk if he wanted to buy Truth Social, but no deal was made; Trump advisers say the pair have talked politics  —  The idea went nowhere, but the former president and the billionaire X owner have continued to communicate more than was previously known
Lara O'Reilly / Business Insider:
Sources: Apple is testing an AI-powered ad tool that automatically decides where to place ads within the App Store, similar to Google's Performance Max ad tool  —  - Apple is testing a new AI-powered tool for optimizing App Store ad campaigns.  — The tool mimics Google's Performance Max …
Ashlee Vance / Bloomberg:
Cognition AI, which offers a Copilot-like coding assistant that, the startup says, can finish whole projects, raised $21M from Founders Fund, Elad Gil, and more  —  A new startup called Cognition AI can turn a user's prompt into a website or video game.  —  A new installment of Silicon Valley's …

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