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April 12, 2024, 5:05 PM

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Jonathan Greig / The Record:
Palo Alto Networks alerts customers that hackers are exploiting a zero-day in its popular GlobalProtect VPN product and promises a patch by April 14  —  Cybersecurity giant Palo Alto Networks is alerting customers that a zero-day vulnerability in its firewall tool is being exploited by hackers.
Reuters:
Sources: Sam Altman and other OpenAI executives pitched ChatGPT Enterprise to hundreds of Fortune 500 companies this month, including some Microsoft customers  —  OpenAI Chief Executive Sam Altman has hosted hundreds of Fortune 500 company executives in San Francisco, New York and London …
Jaffer Zaidi / The Keyword:
Google tests removing links to CA news sites to measure the impact of the California Journalism Preservation Act and pauses investments in the CA news ecosystem  —  A pending bill in the California state legislature, the California Journalism Preservation Act (CJPA), would create a “link tax” …
Abner Li / 9to5Google:
Google is discontinuing its Google One VPN in the coming months due to a lack of use; Google's free Pixel VPN that debuted in 2022 with the Pixel 7 will remain  —  Back in October of 2020, Google One introduced a VPN that later became available on all plans and platforms.
Reuters:
A UK judge throws out Apple's motion to dismiss a ~$979M lawsuit representing 1,500+ UK-based developers alleging that the App Store's 30% commission is unfair  —  Apple (AAPL.O) on Friday lost a bid to throw out a mass lawsuit valued at just under $1 billion, brought in London on behalf …
Alex Weprin / The Hollywood Reporter:
Roku says hackers accessed ~576K accounts using credential stuffing, and made purchases in ~400 cases, after a similar breach affecting ~15K accounts in March  —  The new security incident was discovered a month after the company learned that 15,000 accounts were impacted in a similar breach.
Chris Dolmetsch / Bloomberg:
A US judge sentences ex-Amazon security engineer Shakeeb Ahmed to three years in prison for stealing $12.3M+ from Nirvana and another crypto exchange in 2022  —  - Shakeeb Ahmed was sentenced Friday for hacking smart contracts  — Ahmed admitted to stealing $12 million from two platforms
Bloomberg:
Adobe used images created by tools like Midjourney and uploaded to its stock marketplace by users, to train Firefly; Adobe says ~5% of images were AI-generated  —  Company promotes its tool as safe from content scraped from the internet.  —  When Adobe Inc. released its Firefly image-generating software …
Liza Lin / Wall Street Journal:
Sources: earlier in 2024, China told its largest telecom carriers to phase out foreign chips from their networking equipment by 2027, in a blow to Intel and AMD  —  Beijing's move is the latest installment in a U.S.-China technology war that is splintering the global chip industry
Kyle Wiggers / TechCrunch:
OpenAI gives premium ChatGPT users access to an updated GPT-4 Turbo, promising “more direct, less verbose” responses that “use more conversational language”  —  ChatGPT, OpenAI's viral AI-powered chatbot, just got a big upgrade.  —  OpenAI announced today …
Hannah Miller / Bloomberg:
Berachain, a bear-themed crypto project building a Layer 1 blockchain, raised a $100M Series B through a SAFT, a simple agreement for future tokens  —  - The platform positions itself as a community-driven blockchain  — Funds will be used to expand international footprint
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 November, Google's AI outfit DeepMind published a press release titled “Millions of new materials discovered with deep learning.”
Mike Scarcella / Reuters:
Epic asks a US court to require Google to allow alt app stores in Play Store and limit Google's ability to restrict alt app store preloading on Android phones  —  “Fortnite” video game maker Epic Games has urged a federal judge in California to force Google (GOOGL.O) to open up its Play Store …

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