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April 18, 2024, 12:00 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
The Verge:
Third-party iOS app store AltStore PAL launches in the EU for €1.50 a year with two apps including game emulator Delta, which is also live on Apple's App Store  —  After we recently tested it in beta, the third-party iOS app store AltStore PAL is now live in the European Union thanks …
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 …
Kyle Wiggers / TechCrunch:
The US CFPB fines BloomTech, formerly Lambda School, and CEO Austen Allred $164K and bans it from lending for 10 years for deceiving students on loans, and more  —  In an order today, the U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) said that BloomTech, the for-profit coding bootcamp previously known …
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 this year compared to 2016 and 2020  —  Clint Watts - General Manager, Microsoft Threat Analysis Center  —  Foreign malign influence in the U.S. presidential election got off …
Samuel Stolton / Bloomberg:
Sources: the EU has decided that Microsoft's OpenAI deal doesn't merit a formal probe because it falls short of a takeover and Microsoft doesn't control OpenAI  —  - Regulators don't see evidence of Microsoft controlling OpenAI  — Formal probe could have risked EU order to unwind the tie-up
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.”
Andy Greenberg / Wired:
Mandiant links Russia-backed hacking group Sandworm to hacktivist group Cyber Army of Russia, which claimed to target utilities in France, the US, and Poland  —  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.
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 …
Ashley Belanger / Ars Technica:
Matt Day / Bloomberg:
How Amazon built Just Walk Out starting in the early 2010s, driven by Jeff Bezos, as Amazon removes the tech from its stores but expands it to other retailers  —  The company is cutting back on the “Just Walk Out” tech in its own grocery locations. … The company outfitted it with technology that …
Mary Ann Azevedo / TechCrunch:
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.
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 …
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.
Arjun Kharpal / CNBC:
ASML reports Q1 net sales down 21.6% YoY to €5.29B, vs. €5.39B est., net income down 37.4% YoY to €1.22B, vs. €1.07B est., and net bookings down 4% YoY to €3.6B  —  A logo on the exterior of the ASML Holding NV headquarters in Veldhoven, Netherlands, on Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2024.

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