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March 15, 2024, 5:45 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.
Elena Schneider / Politico:
Some Democrats warn that a ban of TikTok, used by nearly two-thirds of Americans under 30, could imperil Biden's reelection by depressing young voter turnout  —  The fresh push to ban the Chinese-owned social media company could hurt the president's reelection efforts.
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Banning TikTok is a performative, unconstitutional, authoritarian move that won't stop China from spreading propaganda or getting Americans' data  —  from the stupid-xenophobic-moral-panic dept  —  Over the last few days, we've had a few posts about the latest attempt to ban TikTok in the US …
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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 …
Emma Roth / The Verge:
Uber and Lyft threaten to leave Minneapolis on May 1, after the city 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.
CNN:
SCOTUS rules that public officials may block people on social media in certain circumstances, tossing aside challenges against Michigan and California officials  —  The Supreme Court ruled Friday that public officials may block people on social media in certain circumstances …
Lauren Feiner / The Verge:
A look at Murthy v. Missouri, a case SCOTUS will hear Monday, which may upend how government communicates with social media platforms on topics like misinfo  —  On Monday, the Supreme Court will hear a case that could upend how social media platforms deal with posts containing anything from vaccine misinformation to election threats.
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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 …
Ryan Weeks / Bloomberg:
Binance CEO Richard Teng, who has been in the role for only four months, quietly spun out Binance Labs, the company's $10B venture capital arm, earlier in 2024  —  - Investment arm is now independent from the trading platform  — Industry is monitoring for changes at Binance under CEO Teng
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 …
Bob Van Voris / Bloomberg:
Filing: prosecutors ask a judge to sentence SBF to up to 50 years in prison when he is sentenced on March 28; SBF's lawyers had suggested five to six years  —  - Prosecutors say SBF showed brazen disrespect for rule of law  — Bankman-Fried lawyers had proposed a 6 1/2-year sentence
Alex Koller / CNBC:
Layoffs.fyi: 50,000+ workers have been laid off from over 200 tech companies since the start of 2024; some recently laid-off employees recall their experiences  —  - With tech layoffs at their highest since the 2001 dot-com crash, the job hunt is getting harder and many in the industry …

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