April 11, 2024, 2:10 PM

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Manish Singh / TechCrunch:
Apple sends threat notifications to individuals in 92 countries, warning them that their iPhone may have been targeted by remote “mercenary spyware attacks”  —  Apple sent threat notifications to iPhone users in 92 countries on Wednesday, warning them that may have been targeted by mercenary spyware attacks.
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 …
Chris Velazco / Washington Post:
Apple says owners of the iPhone 15 or newer will be able to fix broken devices with used parts, including screens, batteries, and cameras, starting in fall 2024  —  Starting this fall, you may be able to pay less for a fully functioning fix if you have an iPhone 15 or newer
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.
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
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:
Andy Jassy criticizes US and EU regulators over blocking mergers like the iRobot deal, saying they trust Chinese companies with maps of homes more than Amazon  —  WATCH NOW  —  Amazon CEO on abandoning iRobot deal due to regulatory hurdles: It's a sad story
Julie Jargon / Wall Street Journal:
Instagram plans to automatically detect and blur nude images DMed to teens, and show a pop-up to the sender and the recipient, rolling out in the coming months  —  Obscured photos and warnings will discourage users from exchanging nude photos with potential strangers
Matt Burgess / Wired:
DuckDuckGo launches Privacy Pro, a $9.99-per-month service offering a VPN, personal information removal, and identity theft restoration, available in the US  —  Privacy-focused company DuckDuckGo is launching a tool to remove data from people-search websites, a VPN, and an identity theft restoration service.
Brody Ford / Bloomberg:
Docs: Adobe offers its network of photographers $120 for videos of people engaged in everyday actions, or ~$2.62/minute to ~$7.25/minute on average, to train AI  —  - OpenAI's Sora has increased competitive pressure on Adobe  — Adobe has built AI models with stock library, procured media
Taylor Swift's music returns to TikTok, ahead of her next album due out on April 19, after UMG pulled its catalog over an ongoing licensing dispute with TikTok  —  As of Thursday morning, multiple Swift songs — including “You Belong With Me,” “Lover,” “Cardigan,” “Mirrorball,” “Fearless …
The UK CMA raises concerns after uncovering an “interconnected web” of 90+ AI deals and investments involving Google, Apple, Microsoft, Meta, Amazon, and Nvidia  —  - Apple, Google and Microsoft AI deals seen as problematic  — CMA says stakes in startups could reduce competition
Arsheeya Bajwa / Reuters:
Micron says Taiwan's April 3 earthquake would hurt a calendar quarter of DRAM supply by up to a mid-single digit percentage, and it's not yet at full production  —  Memory chipmaker Micron Technology (MU.O) said on Thursday the April 3 earthquake in Taiwan would hurt a calendar quarter …
The US and Japan announce a $110M joint AI research university program funded by Nvidia, Arm, Amazon, Microsoft, Softbank, and nine other Japanese companies  —  - Leaders look to cooperate on developing emerging technology  — Kishida touts benefits of Japan's investments in the US

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