March 15, 2024, 9:01 AM

Top News

Jon Brodkin / Ars Technica:
The FCC raises its broadband speed benchmark to 100Mbps for downloads and 20Mbps for uploads, from the previous standard of 25Mbps and 3Mbps set in January 2015  —  Standard of 100Mbps down and 20Mbps up replaces old 25Mbps/3Mbps benchmark.  —  The Federal Communications Commission today voted …
Mark Gurman / Bloomberg:
Sources: Apple acquired DarwinAI, which makes tech for inspecting components during manufacturing and focuses on making AI systems smaller and faster  —  - Canada's DarwinAI was quietly acquired earlier this year  — The iPhone maker has promised a big AI announcement in 2024
Brian Krebs / Krebs on Security:
An investigation into, which helps people remove their personal data from people-search sites, suggests its CEO founded dozens of people-search sites  —  The data privacy company bills itself as a Virginia-based service for helping people remove their personal information from almost 200 people-search websites.
Emma Roth / The Verge:
In an email to the European Commission, Spotify says Apple is holding up an iPhone app update that adds pricing information and links to subscriptions  —  In an email to the European Commission obtained by The Verge, Spotify writes that Apple has “neither acknowledged nor responded to Spotify's submission” …
Sources: the US plans to award over $6B to Samsung to help the company expand beyond its $17B chip fab in Taylor, Texas, under the 2022 Chips and Science Act  —  - Chips Act grant would fund expansion beyond project in Texas  — Awards are also expected for Samsung rivals TSMC and Intel
Danny Nelson / CoinDesk:
Natasha Lomas / TechCrunch:
In an open letter to Nick Clegg, 36 MEPs urge Meta to scrap the “pay or okay” choice given to EU users and “align your business with the principles of the GDPR”  —  Meta is facing a call from lawmakers in the European Union to scrap its controversial “consent or pay” tactic on Facebook and Instagram.
Dan Goodin / Ars Technica:
Researchers detail a side channel that can be used to read encrypted responses from AI assistants, except Google Gemini; OpenAI and Cloudflare implemented fixes  —  All non-Google chat GPTs affected by side channel that leaks responses sent to users.  —  AI assistants have been widely available …
Taylor Lorenz / Washington Post:
Small-business owners and activists who rely on TikTok say the US House measure forcing a sale or ban would damage their livelihoods and harm their communities  —  Small-business owners, community advocates and educators spoke out Wednesday after the House overwhelmingly approved a measure to ban the popular app
Eleanor Olcott / Financial Times:
A deep dive into Reddit's history and the power of its 60K+ unpaid moderators, based on interviews with 60+ current and former mods, employees, and contractors  —  An army of more than 60,000 unpaid moderators has unprecedented power over Reddit.  The company's future hinges on whether they can coexist with Wall Street's expectations.
David Wethe / Bloomberg:
Oil companies are increasingly using AI and remote operations to drill faster, suggest better ways to frack, and predict when active well pumps will fail  —  - Companies use AI to run drill rigs and predict broken pumps  — Technology could slash costs and squeeze more oil from wells
More: Proactive
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Pornhub blocks access to users in Texas, after a federal appeals court upheld a Texas law last week requiring porn sites to institute age-verification measures  —  Pornhub and other affiliated adult websites have blocked access to users in Texas, amid a legal battle with the Lone Star State's attorney general …
New York Times:
Taiwan is building its own satellite internet network, as China's threats, Ukraine war, and Elon Musk's total control over Starlink make Taiwan's leaders wary  —  The island democracy urgently needs an internet backup.  Mr. Musk's total control over his Starlink service, which dominates the market, left Taiwan wary.

Sponsor Posts

Introducing Tadpole: the tiny webcam for laptops  —  With a mirrorless Sony sensor, directional microphone, and tap-to-mute feature, the Tadpole works with both Mac and PC and is the perfect webcam to take with you everywhere.
Tribe AI:
Build AI products that matter  —  Tribe AI helps organizations rapidly deploy AI solutions that have real business impact.  We bring together world class AI talent and tooling to drive differentiated results.
Holding too much in one or two stocks?  —  Cache helps protect your hard-earned wealth.  Swap your stocks for a diversified fund without a giant tax bill.  Once for the ultra-wealthy, now available for you.
Zoho WorkDrive expands its enterprise capabilities with workflow automation, data loss prevention, and more  —  We recently announced to our customers, partners, and press at the Zoholics Austin event a series of extensive updates.
A running list of the best startups to join  —  We've analyzed thousands of startups using the same data VCs use and distilled our list down to the top 2%.  Discover and join the next Stripe, Airbnb, or Coinbase today.
The Logan Bartlett Show:
EP 108: Olivier Pomel (CEO, Datadog) Shares Every Lesson From Scaling to $40B
A podcast hosted by Logan Bartlett, an investor at Redpoint Ventures, covering tech with industry insiders.
Subscribe to The Logan Bartlett Show!
Techmeme Ride Home:
Wed. 06/18 - Apple Pumping The Breaks On The Vision Pro?
The day's tech news, every day at 5pm ET. Fifteen minutes and you're up to date.
Subscribe via Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or RSS.

About This Page

This is a Techmeme archive page. It shows how the site appeared at 9:01 AM ET, March 15, 2024.

The most current version of the site as always is available at our home page. To view an earlier snapshot click here and then modify the date indicated.

More News

Augusta Saraiva / Bloomberg:
Abner Li / 9to5Google:

Earlier Picks

Sheena Vasani / The Verge:
Paul Alcorn / Tom's Hardware:
Craig Trudell / Bloomberg:
Assaf Gilead / Globes Online:
Joel Khalili / Wired:
Arjun Kharpal / CNBC: