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March 22, 2024, 1:05 AM

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The US DOJ sues Apple, alleging the company blocked its competitors from accessing iPhone features, made switching to non-Apple devices more difficult, and more  —  Justice Department says iPhone maker leveraged its dominance to block software and limit functionality of competing devices
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Andrew J. Hawkins / The Verge:
In its lawsuit, the US DOJ alleges CarPlay lets Apple exert too much control over the auto industry; some analysts say the DOJ may be misunderstanding CarPlay  —  Buried in the 88-page antitrust lawsuit filed by the US Department of Justice against Apple is a reference to everyone's favorite phone-projection system, CarPlay.
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Matt Rosoff / TechCrunch:
The DOJ's Apple suit has a lot of parallels to its Microsoft suit in the 1990s, but Apple's monopoly position is not nearly as clear-cut as Microsoft's was  —  The U.S. Department of Justice plus attorneys general from 16 states and the District of Columbia sued Apple for antitrust this morning in federal court.
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Dan Goodin / Ars Technica:
Researchers detail an unpatchable vulnerability in Apple's M-series of chips that lets attackers extract secret keys from Macs during cryptographic operations  —  Fixing newly discovered side channel will likely take a major toll on performance.  —  A newly discovered vulnerability baked …
Alexandra Alper / Reuters:
The UN unanimously adopts the first global resolution on AI to encourage protecting personal data, monitoring AI for risks, and safeguarding human rights  —  The United Nations General Assembly on Thursday unanimously adopted the first global resolution on artificial intelligence …
Emma Roth / The Verge:
Meta rolls out Threads fediverse integration beta in the US, Canada, and Japan, letting users cross-post and view likes from federated platforms like Mastodon  —  Threads is rolling out a beta of its fediverse integration in the US, Canada, and Japan.  In a post on Thursday …
Bloomberg:
Reddit closes up 48%, at $50.44 per share, in its New York Stock Exchange debut, valuing the company at about $9.5B on a fully diluted basis  —  - Social media company, holders raised $748 Million in IPO … The San Francisco-based company's stock closed at $50.44 each on Thursday in New York …
Paul Graham / Y Combinator:
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Source: Microsoft agreed to pay Inflection ~$650M when hiring its staff, mostly via a licensing deal that makes Inflection's models available for sale on Azure  —  Microsoft doesn't want its plan to hire two of Inflection AI's co-founders and most of its 70-person staff to be seen as an acquisition.
Samuel Stolton / Bloomberg:
Sources: the EU plans to announce investigations into Apple's and Google's DMA compliance in the coming days; Meta's subscriptions could also face scrutiny  —  - Meta also expected to face scrutiny in EU's Big Tech clampdown  — Digital Markets Act investigations could pave way for fines
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Microsoft unveils the Surface Laptop 6 and Surface Pro 10 for enterprises, adding a Copilot key, a Neural Processing Unit for Windows 11's AI features, and more  —  Microsoft is gearing up for its “year of the AI PC” with two new Surface devices that won't be sold directly to consumers.
David Ingram / NBC News:
Changing policy, X bans the posting of real names of people behind anonymous accounts, after it suspended accounts that unmasked a suspected neo-Nazi cartoonist  —  Some X users said the move was another example of Musk going out of his way to defend neo-Nazis, antisemites and white supremacists.
Karissa Bell / Engadget:
The Mozilla Foundation and 90+ research and advocacy groups urge Meta to support CrowdTangle through January 2025 to track election misinformation globally  —  The letter, also signed by CrowdTangle's former CEO, claims shutting it down is a “direct threat” to researchers' work
Anton Shilov / AnandTech:
MediaTek introduced Dimensity Auto Cockpit, its automotive-focused SoCs, this week, becoming the first third-party company to use Nvidia's GPU IP in its chips  —  MediaTek this week has introduced a new lineup of Dimensity Auto Cockpit system-on-chips, covering the entire market spectrum from entry-level to premium.
Ivan Mehta / TechCrunch:
The Browser Company, which makes the Arc browser, raised $50M led by Pace Capital at a $550M valuation, bringing its total funding to $128M  —  The Browser Company, which makes the Arc browser, has raised $50 million in a round led by Pace Capital at a $550 million valuation, TechCrunch has learned exclusively.

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