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March 27, 2024, 10:50 AM

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Brian Krebs / Krebs on Security:
Some Apple users report being targeted in “MFA bombing” attacks, in which phishers inundate their devices with alerts to approve a password change or login  —  Several Apple customers recently reported being targeted in elaborate phishing attacks that involve what appears to be a bug in Apple's password reset feature.
Jonathan Greig / The Record:
Google researchers observed 97 zero-day exploits in the wild in 2023, up 50% from 62 in 2022; 48 were used by espionage actors and 10 were financially-motivated  —  Cybersecurity experts are warning that zero-day exploits, which can be used to compromise devices before anyone is aware they're vulnerable …
Ryan Weeks / Bloomberg:
Blockchain game Munchables, which offers rewards for looking after digital creatures, loses ~$63M in ETH in a hack; the hacker seems to have returned the funds  —  - Blockchain-based Munchables game confirmed a security incident  — Munchables declared all user funds safe later the same day
Paul Alcorn / Tom's Hardware:
Intel shares Microsoft's “AI PC” requirements, such as adding a Copilot key, and expands its AI PC acceleration program to help developers and hardware vendors  —  Meteor Lake dev kits use Asus NUCs optimized for AI development work.  —  Intel announced two new extensions …
Juli Clover / MacRumors:
Apple schedules WWDC 2024 for June 10 to June 14 as a virtual event with a June 10 keynote, where Apple is expected to unveil its AI strategy, iOS 18, and more  —  Apple today announced that its 35th annual Worldwide Developers Conference is set to take place from Monday, June 10 to Friday, June 14.
Michelle F Davis / Bloomberg:
Sources: blockchain AI companies SingularityNET, Fetch.ai, and Ocean Protocol are discussing merging their tokens, creating ASI with a ~$7.5B diluted value  —  Three artificial intelligence companies that operate on blockchain are in talks to merge their crypto tokens, a move aimed at helping them develop a decentralized AI platform.
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Elon Musk says X plans to make Grok available to all Premium subscribers “later this week”, expanding on Premium+ support; X Premium costs $8 per month  —  Following Elon Musk's xAI's move to open source its Grok large language model earlier in March, the X owner on Tuesday …
Sheera Frenkel / New York Times:
Israeli officials detail an expansive and experimental facial recognition program in Gaza to catalog Palestinians without their knowledge, starting in 2023  —  The experimental effort, which has not been disclosed, is being used to conduct mass surveillance of Palestinians in Gaza, according to military officials and others.
Alex Weprin / The Hollywood Reporter:
Disney launches Hulu on Disney+, after testing the integration in beta in 2023; Disney+ users that do not subscribe to Hulu can still search for Hulu shows  —  “Content recommendations are going to be more relevant based on your usage,” says Joe Earley, president of direct-to-consumer for Disney Entertainment.
Jess Weatherbed / The Verge:
Clothilde Goujard / Politico:
Amazon loses an EU legal bid to delay complying with DSA rules on making its online ad library publicly available, after a judge rejected Amazon's request  —  Tech giant said it is “disappointed with this decision.”  —  Amazon lost a legal bid to delay obeying part of the European Union's new content moderation law.
More: Reuters and TechCrunch
Will Knight / Wired:
A look at Databricks' new open source model DBRX, which cost ~$10M to develop over several months and, Databricks says, outshines Llama 2, Mixtral, and Grok  —  Startup Databricks just released DBRX, the most powerful open source large language model yet—eclipsing Meta's Llama 2.
Mary Ann Azevedo / TechCrunch:
Robinhood launches Gold Card, a 3% cashback credit card for Robinhood Gold members, eight months after acquiring credit card startup X1 for $95M  —  Eight months after acquiring credit card startup X1 for $95 million, Robinhood announced today the launch of its new Gold Card …
Katherine Bindley / Wall Street Journal:
How tech companies' search for AI experts, hampered by a shortage of candidates, led to million-dollar-a-year pay packages, poaching entire teams, and more  —  The artificial-intelligence boom is sending Silicon Valley's talent wars to new extremes.  Tech companies are serving up million-dollar …
Emilia David / The Verge:
Productivity platform Airtable launches Airtable AI, adding AI summaries, categorization, and translation via GPT-3.5, GPT-4, and Anthropic's Claude  —  Companies like Microsoft and Google have integrated AI features into their productivity offerings.  But a recent survey from Slack …
More: Airtable
Ryan Weeks / Bloomberg:
Despite a crypto rally, VC funds focused on crypto are struggling to raise money, as limited partners prioritize tangible gains after the 2022 wipeout  —  - Funds are struggling to raise cash to put into crypto startups  — Limited partners prioritize tangible gains after 2022 wipeout
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