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April 3, 2024, 6:00 AM

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Russ Cox / research!rsc:
A timeline of the attack on open-source project XZ Utils, which began in late 2021 and led to a backdoor with RCE in Linux distros from Debian, Red Hat, others  —  Over a period of over two years, an attacker using the name “Jia Tan” worked as a diligent, effective contributor to the xz compression library …
Washington Post:
The US Cyber Safety Review Board faults Microsoft for a “cascade of avoidable errors” that led to the 2023 Chinese hack of top US government officials' emails  —  The independent Cyber Safety Review Board's forthcoming report knocks the tech giant for shoddy cybersecurity practices …
Debby Wu / Bloomberg:
TSMC halts some chipmaking and evacuates plants after a 7.4 magnitude earthquake, Taiwan's biggest in 25 years, and plans to assess the impact; UMC did similar  —  - Chipmakers move some staff off of unspecified operation areas  — The earthquake rocked Taiwan and triggered tsunami warnings
Theo Wayt / The Information:
Amazon plans to remove Just Walk Out from most of its grocery stores and add more grocery stores with Dash Carts, which let shoppers scan items while they shop  —  Amazon's grab-and-go checkout system, Just Walk Out, has been a centerpiece of its ambitions to transform bricks-and-mortar supermarkets.
Michael Kan / PCMag:
Google details Device Bound Session Credentials, a feature that aims to stop browser cookie theft and uses the PCs' TPM chip, in beta in some Chrome versions  —  ‘Device Bound Session Credentials’ will tap the TPM chip in today's PCs.  Google is testing it with some users running the beta version of Chrome.
Wes Davis / The Verge:
POTUS' official Threads account starts using Meta's ActivityPub integration to post on the decentralized networking protocol  —  POTUS puts the ‘fed’ in ‘fediverse.’  —  The official US president Threads account, currently helmed by President Joe Biden, has begun using Meta's ActivityPub integration …
Devin Coldewey / TechCrunch:
Anthropic researchers detail “many-shot jailbreaking”, which can evade LLMs' safety guardrails by including a large number of faux dialogues in a single prompt  —  How do you get an AI to answer a question it's not supposed to?  There are many such “jailbreak” techniques …
David Shepardson / Reuters:
The FCC plans to vote on April 25 to restore net neutrality rules and assume regulatory oversight of broadband internet that was rescinded under President Trump  —  The U.S. Federal Communications Commission will vote to reinstate landmark net neutrality rules and assume new regulatory oversight …
Sara Fischer / Axios:
Billie Eilish, Katy Perry, and 200+ others sign a letter to AI developers and tech firms decrying “predatory” AI that steals voices, replaces artists, and more  —  - Jen Jacobson, executive director at The Artist Rights Alliance (ARA), the trade group representing the artists signing the letter …
New York Times:
An interview with Oren Etzioni, the former CEO of Allen Institute for AI, on his nonprofit TrueMedia.org, which offers free tools for identifying deepfakes  —  Oren Etzioni worries A.I.-generated fakes could overwhelm upcoming elections.Kyle Johnson for The New York Times
Zeyi Yang / MIT Technology Review:
Boosted by Taiwan's 2024 elections, Threads has revived its popularity in the country; Sensor Tower says Threads is Taiwan's most downloaded social app  —  For most people around the world, Meta's text-based social network Threads is a platform that they haven't thought of for months.
Cissy Zhou / Nikkei Asia:
A rising number of Chinese tech workers face legal action from former employers, including Pinduoduo and Tencent, looking to enforce strict noncompete clauses  —  From Tencent to Pinduoduo, companies use surveillance and lawsuits to retain staff as competition ramps up

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