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March 26, 2024, 9:05 PM

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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.
Olivia Poh / Bloomberg:
Canva acquires Affinity, popular with Mac users for its photo editing and other tools, to take on Adobe, Canva's COO says for “several hundred million pounds”  —  - Australian unicorn buys British team behind Affinity art suite  — Affinity offers alternative tools to Adobe's flagship products
Samuel Stolton / Bloomberg:
A timeline of EU's DMA investigations into Apple, Google, and Meta: each have 12 months to fix the issues, before risking fines of up to 10% of global revenue  —  - Firms must solve EU concerns during course of 12-month probe  — But companies can ultimately fight decisions at the EU courts
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:
Adobe launches GenStudio to let brands create content and measure its performance using generative AI, underpinned by promises of brand safety  —  Brands want to use generative AI to personalize their marketing efforts — but they are also deathly afraid of AI going off message and ruining their brand.
CoinDesk:
The US DOJ charges crypto exchange KuCoin and two co-founders with violating anti-money laundering laws, failing to register with the US government, and more  —  The exchange was charged under the Bank Secrecy Act.  —  U.S. federal prosecutors charged crypto exchange KuCoin and two of its founders …
Brian Krebs / Krebs on Security:
Some Apple users report being targeted in an “MFA bombing” attack in which their devices are inundated 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.
Chris Plante / Polygon:
An interview with Phil Spencer on bringing Xbox to handhelds via hardware or software, how Valve, Lenovo, and Asus “innovated in a new form factor”, and more  —  A handheld Xbox could be hardware, an app, or both  —  Phil Spencer has tried all of the new PC gaming handhelds …
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Microsoft adds mouse and keyboard support to select Xbox Cloud Gaming titles for Xbox Insiders, nearly two years after it announced plans to add the feature  —  Microsoft is starting to preview mouse and keyboard support for Xbox Cloud Gaming today.  Xbox Insiders will be able to start playing …
Maxwell Zeff / Gizmodo:
Filings detail Meta's Project Ghostbusters to get data analytics about Snapchat, YouTube, and Amazon, using Onavo VPN on iOS and Android between 2016 and 2019  —  Unsealed court filings reveal Meta's secret plan, “Project Ghostbusters,” to acquire valuable intel about Snapchat through its users' devices.
Jon Porter / The Verge:
Google plans to release a Chrome version optimized for Windows on Arm this week, two months after Canary testing; Arm PCs previously ran an emulated x64 version  —  Google is releasing an optimized version of its Chrome browser for Windows on Arm this week, the search giant has announced alongside chipmaker Qualcomm.
Natasha Lomas / TechCrunch:
The EU publishes draft election security guidelines aimed at platforms with 45M+ regional MAUs that are regulated under the DSA, ahead of elections in June  —  The European Union published draft election security guidelines Tuesday aimed at the around two dozen (larger) …
Josh Sisco / Politico:
Sources: the US FTC is investigating TikTok over allegedly faulty privacy and data security practices, and could bring a lawsuit or settlement within weeks  —  A privacy case against TikTok would add fuel to the bipartisan chorus of criticism directed at the company over its ties to China.
David Pierce / The Verge:
AI search engines review: they are worse than Google at navigational queries, mixed on information queries, and offer helpful citations in exploration queries  —  The AI search tools are getting better — but they don't yet understand what a search engine really is and how we really use them.
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Sony plans to add a new opt-in Community Game Help feature on the PS5 later in 2024 that can automatically create clips for helping other players complete games  —  Sony is introducing a new Community Game Help feature on the PS5 later this year that is designed to automatically create clips that can help other players.
Timmy Shen / The Block:
The US OFAC sanctions 13 entities, including Netex24, and two individuals for helping Russian nationals potentially evade sanctions by building crypto services  —  - The Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control sanctioned 13 entities and two individuals for helping sanctioned entities to evade sanctions in Russia.
Lauren Hirsch / New York Times:
US investors, like General Atlantic and Sequoia, are facing increased pressure from state and federal lawmakers about their investments in Chinese companies  —  Major U.S. investment firms such as General Atlantic, Susquehanna and Sequoia Capital own stakes in ByteDance, the parent of TikTok.
Edward Ludlow / Bloomberg:
Internal Tesla memo: Elon Musk tells staff to give buyers a “short test ride” to demonstrate Full Self-Driving, now a “hard requirement” in North America  —  - New requirement will slow delivery process, Musk says in memo  — Full Self-Driving, other features have generated controversy
Dina Bass / Bloomberg:
Memo: Mikhail Parakhin, Microsoft's Bing and ads chief, is looking for a new position at the company, after Microsoft hired Mustafa Suleyman to run Microsoft AI  —  Parakhin, who had been chief executive officer for advertising and web services, will report to Chief Technology Officer Kevin Scott …

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