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March 14, 2024, 5:15 PM

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Eleanor Olcott / Financial Times:
Bloomberg:
Memo: TikTok is “disappointed” that the US House passed the TikTok divestment bill, and reiterates its plans to lobby the Senate not to pass the legislation  —  TikTok told employees the company isn't planning to change its approach to protecting user data even after US lawmakers passed …
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
Jeff Horwitz / Wall Street Journal:
Meta plans to shut down CrowdTangle in August 2024 and replace it with Meta Content Library, available to academic and nonprofit researchers, not news outlets  —  CrowdTangle, a source for embarrassing articles about Facebook and Instagram, has been used to track conspiracy theories, viral content
Paul Alcorn / Tom's Hardware:
Intel launches the $689 Core i9-14900KS Special Edition processor, with clock speeds up to 6.2GHz on two cores to become the company's fastest mainstream chip  —  6.2 GHz and a whole lotta power draw.  —  Jump to:  — Gaming Benchmarks - Productivity Benchmarks - Thermals and Power - Conclusion
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” …
Nathan Ingraham / Engadget:
Proton releases its mail app for macOS and Windows out of beta, available as part of its $4/month Mail Plus or $10/month Unlimited tier, and a Linux app in beta  —  And a Linux app is launching in beta soon.  —  Proton, the privacy-focused company that offers a variety of internet tools like mail …
Arjun Kharpal / CNBC:
The EU opens a DSA investigation into Alibaba's AliExpress over illegal content concerns, ad and product recommendations, and more, the third DSA investigation  —  The European Commission on Thursday said it opened a formal investigation into AliExpress, an international e-commerce website run …
Hugo Barra / Hugo's Blog:
A deep dive into Vision Pro by Meta's ex-VP of VR: the audacity of Apple's hardware decisions, a dull software story, how Meta can respond, and more  —  Friends and colleagues have been asking me to share my perspective on the Apple Vision Pro as a product.
Sheena Vasani / The Verge:
Google adds real-time URL protection to Chrome's Safe Browsing Standard on desktop and iOS, claiming to guard users' privacy; Android will get the feature soon  —  Google has added real-time browsing protection to Chrome that it claims should protect your privacy.
Craig Trudell / Bloomberg:
X removes a graphic video shared by Elon Musk purporting to show cannibalism in Haiti, for violating its rules; there's no evidence the video was shot in Haiti  —  - Move is rare case of company taking action involving its owner  — Musk's posts are increasingly focused on immigration issues
Abner Li / 9to5Google:
Google schedules I/O 2024 for May 14, where details on Android 15 and Android XR, AI announcements, and more are expected; the date was hidden behind a puzzle  —  Following the “Break the loop” puzzle this morning, Google has announced that I/O 2024 is taking place Tuesday, May 14.
Trishla Ostwal / Adweek:
Joel Khalili / Wired:
A UK High Court judge rules that Australian computer scientist Craig Wright is not Bitcoin creator Satoshi Nakamoto, saying the “evidence is overwhelming”  —  A surprise ruling at the end of a six-week trial in the UK High Court ends Craig Wright's campaign to be recognized as the inventor of Bitcoin.
Sara Fischer / Axios:
Snapchat is testing Infinite Retention Mode, which lets users save their DMs indefinitely, bringing it closer to a pure-play messaging app like iMessage  —  - The experiments are starting in smaller markets, but will eventually make their way to the U.S.
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Bloomberg:
Damage to the West Africa Cable System, MainOne, and ACE sea cables disrupts internet services across Africa; the cause of the faults has not been determined  —  - At least three telecommunications cables are offline  — Follows damage to three cables in Red Sea last month

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