March 21, 2024, 1:30 PM

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Wall Street Journal:
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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Joe Rossignol / MacRumors:
Apple says the US DOJ winning its lawsuit “would set a dangerous precedent, empowering government to take a heavy hand in designing people's technology”  —  The U.S. Department of Justice today filed an antitrust lawsuit against Apple, accusing the company of operating …
Reddit priced its IPO at $34 per share, the top of its expected $31-$34 range, raising $519M and valuing the company at nearly $6.5B, ahead of its market debut  —  In this photo illustration a Reddit logo is seen displayed on a smartphone.  —  Reddit, the 19-year-old website that hosts millions …
Kevin Roose / New York Times:
How Reddit, one of the last online spaces where real people gather, went from one of the darkest parts of the internet to a content moderation success story  —  The site's journey from toxic cesspool to trusted news source illustrates the business value of keeping bad actors at bay.
Paul Graham / Y Combinator:
The Information:
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.
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.
Sidhartha Shukla / Bloomberg:
In a letter to Judge Kaplan, FTX CEO John Ray says SBF's claims of “zero” harm to users are “demonstrably false” and FTX had only 105 bitcoin when Ray took over  —  - Ray called the claims ‘callously’ and ‘demonstrably’ false  — SBF had claimed customers on the exchange suffered no harm
Emily Mullin / Wired:
Neuralink shows its first brain implant patient, a 29-year-old man paralyzed from the shoulders down, playing online chess using the Neuralink device  —  In a livestream on X, the paralyzed 29-year-old man used his Neuralink brain implant to control a computer.
Financial Times:
Chinese state media: Tim Cook said “there's no supply chain in the world that's more critical to us than China” and praised “modernization in Chinese factories”  —  Apple chief Tim Cook has said China is “critical” to its business in comments made during a visit to the country …
Kate Knibbs / Wired:
Fairly Trained certifies KL3M, an LLM legal tech consultancy startup 273 Ventures claims to have built without the permissionless use of copyrighted materials  —  OpenAI claimed it's “impossible” to build good AI models without using copyrighted data.  An “ethically created” …
Ashley Gold / Axios:
After a classified briefing on TikTok, Senate Commerce Committee Chair Maria Cantwell says that “the next steps might be something more public, like a hearing”  —  - But Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer has not committed to putting the bill on the floor anytime soon.
Zephyr Teachout / The Atlantic:
Krisztian Sandor / CoinDesk:
BlackRock unveils its first tokenized asset fund, BUIDL, built on the Ethereum network and fully backed by cash, US Treasury bills, and repurchase agreements  —  The asset management giant also made a strategic investment in asset tokenization company Securitize.
Yossi Matias / The Keyword:
In a research paper, Google Research details how AI helped to provide more accurate flood forecasting in 80+ countries up to seven days in advance of the flood  —  A paper published in Nature today shows how Google Research uses AI to accurately predict riverine flooding and help protect livelihoods …
Anna Tong / Reuters:
Tokyo-based Sakana AI, founded by two Google researchers, releases three Japanese language models built using “model merging”, which combines existing AI models  —  Sakana AI, a Tokyo-based artificial intelligence startup founded by two prominent former Google (GOOGL.O) researchers …
Abner Li / 9to5Google:
Qualcomm unveils the Snapdragon 7+ Gen 3, a 4nm chip aimed at high-end smartphones that offers on-device generative AI and Wi-Fi 7; OnePlus is the first partner  —  Qualcomm is following its announcement at the start of this week with another chip: the Snapdragon 7+ Gen 3.
Ben Schoon / 9to5Google:
Epic plans to release its Epic Games Store on iOS and Android later in 2024, offering “the same fair terms” as its PC store, including a 12% commission on sales  —  With plans to launch its own game store on iOS, it's now been announced that the Epic Games Store is coming to Android.
A UK jury finds a UK citizen guilty of laundering BTC for a Chinese fugitive allegedly behind a ~$6B fraud in China; UK police seized BTC worth $2.2B+ in 2018  —  - Jury finds Jian Wen guilty on one count of money laundering  — Jian helped Chinese fugitive Zhimin Qian launder Bitcoin
Brady Dale / Axios:
Succinct, which is building zero-knowledge proof tech for blockchain apps, raised $55M led by Paradigm across a seed and a Series A  —  - That's all well and good. … - It might, for example, take a ton of work for a blockchain to verify all its transactions, but then applications that use …
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