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April 4, 2024, 9:45 AM

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Financial Times:
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
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
More: +972 Magazine, Business Today, Gizmodo, The i Paper, ScheerPost, SiliconANGLE, Cryptopolitan, FRANCE 24 English on YouTube, The Sun, The Times of Israel, Firstpost, Daily Kos, and The Guardian
LinkedIn: Ana Brandusescu and Sahar Aziz
Amrita Khalid / The Verge:
X adds blue checks to some large accounts as part of its plan to give free Premium memberships to those with at least 2,500 “verified subscriber followers”  —  Just as Elon Musk said, X is doling out free Premium and Premium memberships to accounts with a high number of verified followers.
Scott Stein / CNET:
An interview with Andrew Bosworth on the 10th anniversary of Reality Labs, the past and future of VR/AR/AI, Meta's next AR glasses prototype, and more  —  Meta CTO Andrew Bosworth talks with CNET about the past and future of VR, AR and AI.  —  2014 doesn't seem that long ago to me.
Lauren Feiner / The Verge:
Google sues two alleged crypto scammers, accusing them of using its Play Store to offer fraudulent crypto trading and investment apps to steal users' money  —  Google is suing two alleged crypto scammers, accusing them of using its Play Store to offer fraudulent cryptocurrency trading apps …
Tim Stelloh / NBC News:
A Washington state judge barred the use of AI-enhanced video as trial evidence in a ruling that experts say may be the first-of-its-kind in a US criminal court  —  Lawyers for a man charged with murder in a triple homicide had sought to introduce cellphone video enhanced by machine-learning software.
Bloomberg:
Elon Musk says “Tesla is increasing comp ... of our AI engineering team”, after OpenAI has been “aggressively recruiting Tesla engineers” with “massive” offers  —  - CEO says carmaker is going extra mile to retain specialists  — Exodus may exacerbate concerns about conflicts, governance
Lindsay Ellis / Wall Street Journal:
How some MBA programs in the US are reorienting their courses around AI by adding AI-related classwork, encouraging using AI to solve lab assignments, and more  —  American University, other top M.B.A. programs reorient courses around artificial intelligence; ‘It has eaten our world’
Kevin Roose / New York Times:
An interview with Andres Freund, a Microsoft database engineer working on PostgreSQL, on discovering the XZ Utils backdoor, doubting his own findings, and more  —  The internet, as anyone who works deep in its trenches will tell you, is not a smooth, well-oiled machine.
More: The Intercept and MakeUseOf
Threads: @jenvalentino_nytMastodon: @couts@mastodon.socialX: @kevinrooseLinkedIn: Affan DarForums: Hacker News, r/technology, and r/neoliberal
Sebastian Herrera / Wall Street Journal:
Some Amazon merchants complain of scam returns, where buyers ship junk back to sellers and claim they are returns, and say Amazon's policies favor customers  —  Merchants receive junk instead of returned purchases, a sore point as they say Amazon's policies favor customers
More: PYMNTS.com
Andrea Grimes / Home With The Armadillo:
Substack's new emphasis on followers, not subscriptions, and its opaque steps to migrate paid subscriptions off the platform make leaving harder for writers  —  And it'll be worse this time around!  —  The writing life, which has never exactly been a picnic for independent journalists and freelancers …
Joyce Lee / Reuters:
SK Hynix plans to invest ~$3.87B in an advanced packaging plant and R&D facility in West Lafayette, Indiana, to produce high bandwidth memory chips from H2 2028  —  SK Hynix (000660.KS), the world's second-largest memory chip maker, said on Wednesday it will invest around $3.87 billion …
Andy Greenberg / Wired:
A profile of hacker P4x, aka Alejandro Caceres, who took down North Korea's internet in 2022 and says the US needs to wield its hacking powers more aggressively  —  As “P4x,” Alejandro Caceres single-handedly disrupted the internet of an entire country.  Then he tried to show the US military how it can—and should—adopt his methods.
Shirin Ghaffary / Bloomberg:
Cohere releases Command R+, a new business-focused model the startup says performs competitively against OpenAI and others on “business-critical” tasks  —  Cohere says its new technology is cheaper than OpenAI's offerings.  —  Artificial intelligence startup Cohere Inc. is releasing …
Daniel Thomas / Financial Times:
US rock band Kiss sells rights to its music, name, image, and likeness to Swedish entertainment company Pophouse to create a live show, a source says for ~$300M  —  Sale to Swedish entertainment group Pophouse set to 'fulfil the band's vision to become immortal'
Richard Lawler / The Verge:
Apple resolves an outage impacting some of its online services, including the App Store, Apple TV, Podcasts, and Music, that lasted for over an hour on April 3  —  Apple's online services were hit with an outage that cut many of us off from the App Store, Apple TV, and Apple Music on Wednesday night.
Hope King / Axios:
AT&T plans to invest an additional $3B by 2030 to help close the US digital divide, after initially committing $2B by 2024, which helped nearly 5M Americans  —  - Many Americans want Congress to handle threats to affordable and reliable internet access, Axios' Maria Curi has reported.

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