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April 12, 2024, 12:40 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
Karissa Bell / Engadget:
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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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.
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 …
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 …
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:
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
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.
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.”
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Amazon adds Andrew Ng to its board to boost its AI expertise, as longtime MTV executive Judith McGrath steps down; Ng founded Google Brain and worked at Baidu  —  If corporate boards of directors signal something about where a company wants to be focusing, Amazon's just made an interesting move to change up its direction.
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 …
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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