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April 12, 2024, 3:30 AM

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Brian Krebs / Krebs on Security:
CISA is investigating a breach at business intelligence company Sisense; sources: the attackers copied several terabytes of customer data, including credentials  —  The U.S. Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) said today it is investigating a breach at business intelligence …
Mark Gurman / Bloomberg:
Sources: Apple nears production of M4 chips with AI upgrades and memory improvements, coming to new MacBook Pros, Mac minis, and iMacs starting in late 2024  —  - Company working on rapid transition to the new processors  — Revamp will bring AI capabilities and memory improvements
Abner Li / 9to5Google:
Google says it is discontinuing its Google One VPN due to a lack of use; Google's free Pixel VPN that debuted in 2022 with the Pixel 7 will remain unchanged  —  Back in October of 2020, Google One introduced a VPN that later became available on all plans and platforms.
Karissa Bell / Engadget:
Jason Koebler / 404 Media:
Researchers say they haven't found “strikingly novel compounds” after analyzing a subset of the 2.2M new crystals DeepMind claimed its AI tool GNoMe discovered  —  “In the DeepMind paper there are many examples of predicted materials that are clearly nonsensical.”
Marina Temkin / TechCrunch:
Virtual physical therapy service Hinge Health lays off ~10% of its workforce; Hinge had an estimated 1,700+ employees, and was valued at $6.2B in October 2021  —  Hinge Health, a 9-year-old company that offers a digital solution to treat chronic musculoskeletal (MSK) conditions …
David Pierce / The Verge:
Humane AI Pin review: well-made and easier to access than a phone, but doesn't work half the time, really slow even when it does work, and lacks basic features  —  For $699 and $24 a month, this wearable computer promises to free you from your smartphone.  There's only one problem: it just doesn't work.
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The Information:
Sources: TikTok is testing an AI feature that generates a virtual influencer and a script for a video ad based on prompts submitted by advertisers  —  TikTok touts itself as a platform where creators can stand out and build a following.  But the company has begun discussing with advertisers …
Ashna Teresa Britto / Reuters:
Apple changed “state-sponsored” to “mercenary spyware” in threat notifications, a source says after pressure from India for linking breaches to state actors  —  Apple Inc (AAPL.O) has warned its users in India and 91 other countries that they were possible victims of a …
Kyt Dotson / SiliconANGLE:
Google releases Android 15 Beta 1 for Pixel devices, with edge-to-edge app scaling by default, OS-level support for app archiving and unarchiving, and more  —  Google LLC today announced the release of the first beta test version of Android 15, opening up the upcoming operating system for both developers and early adopters to test out.
Brian Hiatt / Rolling Stone:
A look at Udio, which was founded by four former DeepMind employees in December 2023 and launched a product on April 11 that generates songs from text prompts  —  Weeks after AI-music generator Suno went viral, a new rival, Udio, is here, backed by tech and music heavyweights.
Lawrence Abrams / BleepingComputer:
OpenTable plans to display members' first names and profile photos on all reviews, including past reviews, starting May 22 in a bid to provide more transparency  —  Restaurant reservation platform OpenTable says that all reviews on the platform will no longer be fully anonymous starting …
Wall Street Journal:
In his annual shareholder letter, Andy Jassy says GenAI “may be the largest technology transformation since the cloud” and Amazon is committed to cost-cutting  —  In his letter to shareholders, Andy Jassy says generative AI could usher in the largest tech transformation since the Internet
Annie Palmer / CNBC:
Ben Thompson / Stratechery:
Q&A with Google Cloud CEO Thomas Kurian on why Google doesn't need to raise trillions to build a supercomputer, why AI offers a reset in competition, and more  —  This week's Stratechery Interview is with Google Cloud CEO Thomas Kurian.  Kurian joined Google to lead the company's cloud division in 2018 …

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