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April 3, 2024, 7:50 PM

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Mark Gurman / Bloomberg:
Sources: Apple is exploring home robotic devices, including a mobile robot that can follow users and a table-top device that uses robotics to move a display  —  - The company has teams working on automated home devices  — The search is on for new growth sources after EV gets nixed
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 …
Financial Times:
The Guardian:
Sources: Israel's bombing campaign in Gaza used Lavender, an AI system that identified 37,000 potential human targets based on their apparent links to Hamas  —  Israeli intelligence sources reveal use of ‘Lavender’ system in Gaza war and claim permission given to kill civilians in pursuit of low-ranking militants
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
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
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 …
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Windows 10 security updates will cost $61/device for year one, doubling for year two and doubling again for year three, after ending support on October 14, 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.
Joyce Lee / Reuters:
SK Hynix says it will invest ~$3.87B in an advanced packaging plant and R&D facility in Indiana to mass-produce high bandwidth memory chips starting in H2 2028  —  SK Hynix (000660.KS), the world's second-largest memory chip maker, said on Wednesday it will invest around $3.87 billion …
Richard Lawler / The Verge:
Some of Apple's online services, including the App Store, Apple TV, Podcasts, and Music, appear to be down globally since at least 6:31pm ET  —  Apple's online services appear to be having some problems, with an outage cutting many of us off from the App Store, Apple TV, and Apple Music.
Ivan Mehta / TechCrunch:
Opera now lets Opera One users download and run 150 LLMs from ~50 families locally, like Meta's Llama and Google's Gemma, via the Ollama open-source framework  —  Web browser company Opera announced today it will now allow users to download and use Large Language Models (LLMs) locally on their computer.
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 …
Amrita Khalid / The Verge:
Facebook updates its mobile video player with a TikTok-like vertical look and new controls for Reels, Live, and longform videos, starting with the US and Canada  —  Facebook is launching an updated mobile video player that will bring the vertical look made ubiquitous by TikTok and Reels …
Ben Schoon / 9to5Google:
WhatsApp experienced a global outage on April 3, preventing users from exchanging messages; Facebook Messenger and Instagram also experienced issues  —  WhatsApp appears to be experiencing a global outage, preventing users from sending or receiving messages, while other Meta apps …
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.

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