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April 18, 2024, 12:05 PM

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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 …
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Bill Toulas / BleepingComputer:
Europol and 19 countries make 37 arrests and disrupt phishing-as-a-service platform LabHost in a year-long operation with help from Microsoft, Intel, and others  —  The LabHost phishing-as-a-service (PhaaS) platform has been disrupted in a year-long global law enforcement operation …
Sheila Chiang / CNBC:
TSMC reports Q1 revenue up 16.5% YoY to ~$18.87B, vs. ~$18B est., net income up 8.9% YoY to ~$6.97B, vs. ~$6.6B est., and expects strong AI chip demand in Q2  —  Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company on Thursday beat revenue and profit expectations in the first quarter …
Wall Street Journal:
Investigation: Amazon sells ~$1M per year in goods on eBay, Shopify, Walmart, and Amazon via its “Big River” arm, to get data on pricing, logistics, and more  —  Staff went undercover on Walmart, eBay and other marketplaces as a third-party seller called ‘Big River.’ The mission …
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 …
Bloomberg:
Huawei releases its Pura 70 series, available for ~$760 to ~$1,380; reviewers show high-end models have a Kirin 9010 chip, an update to the Mate 60 Pro's 9000s  —  - Huawei building out portfolio with fresh upgrades and design  — New phones likely to add further pressure on iPhone in China
Amanda Lee / Wall Street Journal:
Apple plans to spend $250M+ on its regional hub in Singapore, including expanding its campus later in 2024, as Tim Cook visits Vietnam and other Asian countries  —  Apple seeks to diversify its supply chain amid rising U.S.-China tensions and global concerns of decoupling trade
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×
Chris Welch / The Verge:
Nothing unveils the $149 Nothing Ear and $99 Nothing Ear (a), offering improved sound, personalization, and battery life; Nothing plans to integrate ChatGPT  —  Nothing is churning out new earbuds at a faster clip than smartphones.  The company just introduced the Nothing Ear and Nothing Ear (a), priced at $149 and $99, respectively.
CNBC:
Amazon discontinues its Snowmobile service, an 18-wheeler truck introduced in 2016 to help customers move 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.
New York Times:
US court documents, mistakenly made public, reveal ByteDance and TikTok's complex origin story, spawning from GOP donor Jeff Yass' failed real estate venture  —  Court records, mistakenly made public, tell a story about the birth of ByteDance, its bumpy road to success and the role of the Republican megadonor Jeff Yass's firm.
Brian Heater / TechCrunch:
Boston Dynamics debuts an electric version of its humanoid robot Atlas for commercial use, a day after retiring its hydraulic Atlas; Hyundai plans a 2025 pilot  —  A day after retiring the hydraulic model, Boston Dynamics' CEO discusses the company's commercial humanoid ambitions
Ashley Belanger / Ars Technica:
Bloomberg:
US House Speaker plans to bundle the TikTok divestiture bill, with a revised proposal, in a Ukraine and Israel aid bill expected to clear the Senate on April 20  —  - Johnson to include measure in aid package for Ukraine, Israel  — Biden has said he would sign bill forcing ByteDance to divest
Ivan Mehta / TechCrunch:
Brave Search introduces Answer with AI, which shows answers synthesized from multiple sources for informational queries, appearing above organic search results  —  Privacy-focused search engine Brave announced Wednesday that it is revamping its answer engine to return AI-powered synthesized answers.
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.”
Amanda Silberling / TechCrunch:
An interview with Reddit Chief Product Officer Pali Bhat on the company's roadmap: faster load times, new moderator and developer tools, and AI translation  —  It's a big year for Reddit.  After its IPO, the platform is planning a slew of product features for the year ahead, and — spoiler alert — most of them are powered by AI.

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