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March 15, 2024, 12:50 PM

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Maxwell Zeff / Gizmodo:
Lawyers warn that the bill banning TikTok unless it's sold gives POTUS unchecked power to ban any app or site the President deems a “national security threat”  —  The United States could make TikTok the first app banned by law, but technology lawyers warn it won't be the last.
Taylor Lorenz / Washington Post:
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Chance Miller / 9to5Mac:
Walmart starts selling Macs directly for the first time, partnering with Apple to sell the M1 MacBook Air for $699 a week after Apple stopped selling the laptop  —  Walmart is teaming up with Apple to sell the Mac for the first time.  In a press release today, the company said that it is now selling …
Jonathan Stempel / Reuters:
Apple reaches a $490M settlement to resolve a class-action lawsuit that alleged Tim Cook defrauded shareholders in 2019 by hiding falling iPhone demand in China  —  Apple (AAPL.O) has reached a $490 million settlement to resolve a class-action lawsuit that alleged Chief Executive Tim Cook …
Brian Krebs / Krebs on Security:
An investigation into Onerep.com, which helps people remove their personal data from people-search sites, suggests its CEO founded dozens of people-search sites  —  The data privacy company Onerep.com bills itself as a Virginia-based service for helping people remove their personal information from almost 200 people-search websites.
Emma Roth / The Verge:
Uber and Lyft plan to leave Minneapolis on May 1, after the city council passed an ordinance to guarantee drivers a minimum rate of $1.40/mile and $0.5/minute  —  Uber and Lyft are pulling their services out of Minneapolis after the city council passed an ordinance that will increase drivers' pay.
Danny Nelson / CoinDesk:
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 …
Dan Goodin / Ars Technica:
Researchers detail how a side channel can be used to read encrypted responses from AI assistants, except Google's Gemini; OpenAI and Cloudflare made mitigations  —  All non-Google chat GPTs affected by side channel that leaks responses sent to users.  —  AI assistants have been widely available …
Manish Singh / TechCrunch:
The Competition Commission of India orders an antitrust investigation into Google for charging app developers an “unfair” Play Store service fee of 10% to 30%  —  India's antitrust regulator has ordered an investigation into Alphabet's Google, alleging the U.S. tech giant abused …
Bloomberg:
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  —  Why Are Deepfakes Everywhere?  Can They Be Stopped?  —  QuickTake  —  What Is Bitcoin ‘Halving’ and Does It Push Up the Cryptocurrency's Price?
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