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April 18, 2024, 4:15 AM

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Brian Heater / TechCrunch:
Boston Dynamics debuts an electric version of humanoid robot Atlas for commercial use, a day after retiring the hydraulic Atlas, with a pilot starting in 2025  —  A day after retiring the hydraulic model, Boston Dynamics' CEO discusses the company's commercial humanoid ambitions
Thomas Barrabi / New York Post:
Google fires 28 employees over their participation in a 10-hour sit-in at the company's New York and Sunnyvale offices to protest its business ties with Israel  —  Google has fired 28 employees over their participation in a 10-hour sit-in at the search giant's offices in New York and Sunnyvale …
Kyle Wiggers / TechCrunch:
The US CFPB fines BloomTech, formerly Lambda School, and CEO Austen Allred $164K and bans BloomTech from lending for 10 years over deceiving students on loans  —  In an order today, the U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) said that BloomTech, the for-profit coding bootcamp previously known …
The Verge:
iOS app store AltStore PAL launches in the EU for €1.50/year with two apps: game emulator Delta, which is also live on the App Store, and a clipboard manager  —  After we recently tested it in beta, the third-party iOS app store AltStore PAL is now live in the European Union thanks …
Clint Watts / Microsoft On the Issues:
MTAC report: foreign malign influence from Russia, China, and Iran in the US presidential election got off to a slower start in 2023 compared to 2016 and 2020  —  Clint Watts - General Manager, Microsoft Threat Analysis Center  —  Foreign malign influence in the U.S. presidential election got off …
Foo Yun Chee / Reuters:
The European Data Protection Board says large online platforms like Meta should give users an option to use their services for free without behavioral ads  —  Meta Platforms (META.O) and other large online platforms should give users an option to use their services for free without targeted advertising …
Sam Kessler / CoinDesk:
Worldcoin announces World Chain, a Layer 2 Ethereum blockchain designed to prioritize verified humans over bots, slated for release this summer  —  The human-focused blockchain network will be based on the OP Stack, a framework for building Ethereum-based layer-2 chains.
Sheena Vasani / The Verge:
TikTok starts rolling out TikTok Notes, its Instagram rival for sharing photo and text content, for limited testing in Australia and Canada on Android and iOS  —  TikTok has started rolling out its Instagram rival, TikTok Notes, to select Android and iOS users “for download and limited testing in Australia and Canada.”
Samuel Stolton / Bloomberg:
Sources: the EU decides Microsoft's OpenAI deal doesn't merit a formal investigation due to falling short of a takeover and Microsoft not controlling OpenAI  —  - Regulators don't see evidence of Microsoft controlling OpenAI  — Formal probe could have risked EU order to unwind the tie-up
Molly White / Citation Needed:
An experiment with LLMs: the tools are helpful in mundane ways but users can't build a hundred-billion-dollar industry around a technology that's kind of useful  —  AI can be kind of useful, but I'm not sure that a “kind of useful” tool justifies the harm.  —  /1311.164082  —  1×
Ashley Belanger / Ars Technica:
CNBC:
AWS discontinues its Snowmobile service, an 18-wheeler truck introduced in 2016 to help customers transport large amounts of on-premises data to AWS facilities  —  Amazon Web Services Snowmobile Truck  —  At Amazon's annual cloud conference in 2016, the company captured the crowd's attention by driving an 18-wheeler onstage.
Ryan Smith / AnandTech:
Intel unveils Hala Point, a large-scale neuromorphic system deployed at Sandia National Laboratories, with 1,152 Loihi 2 processors simulating 1M neurons each  —  While neuromorphic computing remains under research for the time being, efforts into the field have continued to grow over the years …
Mary Ann Azevedo / TechCrunch:

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