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April 3, 2024, 1:50 PM

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Todd Bishop / GeekWire:
Memo: AWS plans to cut several hundred jobs in its Sales, Marketing, and Global Services organization, and a few hundred in its Physical Stores Technology team  —  Amazon Web Services will cut several hundred jobs in its Sales, Marketing, and Global Services organization …
Debby Wu / Bloomberg:
TSMC expects to resume production overnight after a 7.4 magnitude earthquake, Taiwan's biggest in 25 years, and says “there is no damage to our critical tools”  —  - Chipmakers move some staff off of unspecified operation areas  — The earthquake rocked Taiwan and triggered tsunami warnings
Bloomberg:
Sources: Spotify plans to raise prices by $1 to $2 per month in the UK, Australia, Pakistan, and two other markets by the end of April, and the US later in 2024  —  - The audio service will raise prices in a few major markets  — Spotify will create new plan that doesn't include audiobooks
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:
Microsoft and Quantinuum detail a breakthrough in quantum error correction, helping run 14,000+ experiments with no errors, an issue that has vexed the industry  —  Microsoft and Quantinuum today announced a major breakthrough in quantum error correction.  Using Quantinuum's ion-trap hardware …
Emilia David / The Verge:
Stability AI releases Stable Audio 2.0, which lets users create three-minute sound clips from copyright-free audio samples, available for free via its website  —  Stable Audio 2., an audio generation model for Stability AI, now lets users upload their own audio samples which they can then …
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Microsoft says Windows 10 security updates will cost $61 per device for the first year, doubling for the next two years, after ending support in October 2025  —  Microsoft is ending support for Windows 10 on October 14th, 2025, and you'll need to pay yearly if you want to continue using the operating system securely.
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Newzoo: PC and console game revenue grew 2.6% YoY to $93.5B in 2023, but average quarterly playtime hours fell 26% from Q1 2021 to Q4 2023  —  The PC and console market grew 2.6% in 2023, but playtime hours fell during the year, according to the second annual report on the market-by-market researcher Newzoo.
Wired:
A look at XZ Utils attacker “Jia Tan”, a persona experts say nation-state hackers used that left little trace after working on the project since November 2021  —  The thwarted XZ Utils supply chain attack was years in the making.  Now, clues suggest nation-state hackers were behind …
Russ Cox / research!rsc:
Callum Booth / The Verge:
A first look at two third-party iOS app stores in the EU: the B2B-focused Mobivention and the upcoming AltStore, which takes ~12 screen interactions to install  —  DMA is about to unleash a brave new world of game emulators, clipboard managers, and uncertainty.
Michael Kan / PCMag:
Google details Device Bound Session Credentials, a Chrome feature that uses a PC's TPM chip to try to stop cookie theft, available in some Chrome beta 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.
David Shepardson / Reuters:
The US FCC plans to vote on April 25 to restore net neutrality rules and assume regulatory oversight of broadband internet that former President Trump rescinded  —  The U.S. Federal Communications Commission will vote to reinstate landmark net neutrality rules and assume new regulatory oversight …
Devin Coldewey / TechCrunch:
Anthropic researchers detail “many-shot jailbreaking”, which can evade LLMs' safety guardrails by priming them with dozens of harmful queries 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 …
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 …
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

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