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April 17, 2024, 11:25 AM

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Andy Greenberg / Wired:
Mandiant links hacktivist group Cyber Army of Russia, which claimed to target utilities in France, the US, and Poland, to Russia-linked hacking group Sandworm  —  Cyber Army of Russia Reborn, a group with ties to the Kremlin's Sandworm unit, is crossing lines even that notorious cyberwarfare unit wouldn't dare to.
Rob Golum / Bloomberg:
Filing: Take-Two plans to lay off 5% of its workforce, expecting to incur up to $200M in charges as part of the downsizing, including $140M from canceled titles  —  The company sees expenses of up to $200 million as part of the effort, including as much as $140 million from canceled projects …
Josh Dzieza / The Verge:
How a network of repair ships helps maintain the estimated 800,000 miles of undersea internet cables; of the 77 cable ships, only 22 are designated for repair  —  Field's crew caught the cable on the first try and nearly had it aboard when the rope snapped and slipped back into the sea.
Sergiu Gatlan / BleepingComputer:
Current and former T-Mobile and Verizon employees say they are receiving texts offering up to $300 to perform a SIM swap; T-Mobile says it is investigating  —  Criminals are now texting T-Mobile and Verizon employees on their personal and work phones, trying to tempt them with cash to perform SIM swaps.
Joseph Cox / 404 Media:
A look at Spy Pet, a Discord scraping service that claims to get data from 14K+ servers and 600M users, available for as little as $5; Discord is investigating  —  An online service is scraping Discord servers en masse, archiving and tracking users' messages and activity across servers including …
Cecilia D'Anastasio / Bloomberg:
Activision drops team entry fees for its professional Call of Duty League, and will return prior collected fees, as the esports industry faces profit challenges  —  The teams, including ones owned by sports-business billionaires Robert Kraft and Stan Kroenke, will no longer be required to pay …
Steven T. Dennis / Bloomberg:
US Senators Cynthia Lummis and Kirsten Gillibrand propose a bill to regulate stablecoins; House and Senate lawmakers are pushing to pass a bill as soon as May  —  - Lummis, Gillibrand say their measure would protect consumers  — Brown wants combo with marijuana banking, executive clawbacks
Kyle Wiggers / TechCrunch:
The Linux Foundation launches the Open Platform for Enterprise AI, to foster the development of open, multi-provider, and composable generative AI systems  —  Can generative AI designed for the enterprise (for example, AI that autocompletes reports, spreadsheet formulas and so on) ever be interoperable?
Bloomberg:
How GitHub Copilot became responsible for a significant percentage of coding, despite its limitations; Stack Overflow: 54.8% of developers used Copilot in 2023  —  The assistant is saving engineers hundreds of hours a month and is helping GitHub retain its edge over rivals including Amazon and Google.
Priya Anand / Bloomberg:
Sensor Tower: Naval Ravikant and Brian Norgard's audio-focused invitation-only social app Airchat has been downloaded 30K+ times since its relaunch this month  —  - The app feels like a combination of voice notes and Twitter  — Invite-only Airchat has won over VCs and early adopters
David Ljunggren / Reuters:
Canada plans to introduce a digital services tax on large tech companies, which could raise CA$5.9B over five years starting in FY 2024-2025  —  Canada will press ahead with introduction of a digital services tax on large technology companies, which would raise C$5.9 billion ($4.3 billion) …

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