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April 23, 2024, 5:10 AM

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Scott Stein / CNET:
Meta opens up its VR OS, now called Horizon OS, to third parties and says Asus and Lenovo will release Horizon OS-compatible devices; Xbox plans a branded Quest  —  Meta's Horizon OS, as it's now called, will bring Quest-alikes: Asus, Lenovo, and even an Xbox variant are coming.  Here's what to expect.
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Emilia David / The Verge:
Microsoft launches Phi-3 Mini, a 3.8B-parameter model that competes with GPT-3.5, and plans to release Phi-3 Small and Phi-3 Medium with 7B and 14B parameters  —  Microsoft launched the next version of its lightweight AI model Phi-3 Mini, the first of three small models the company plans to release.
James Rundle / Wall Street Journal:
Source: UnitedHealth's Change Healthcare was compromised on February 12, nine days before the ransomware attack; the company paid a ransom to the hackers  —  UnitedHealth Group paid ransom to hackers, person familiar with the cyber investigation said  —  's Change Healthcare unit …
Nilay Patel / The Verge:
Newsletter service Ghost says it plans to add ActivityPub support in 2024; rival service Buttondown also plans ActivityPub support  —  Interoperable social media is having a real moment  —  Open platforms keep gaining support out there — newsletter platform Ghost just published what amounts …
Annie Palmer / CNBC:
Amazon ends drone deliveries in Lockeford, California, which began in 2022, and plans to expand them to Tolleson, Arizona, in 2024 and other US regions in 2025  —  An Amazon delivery drone is on display at Amazon's BOS27 Robotics Innovation Hub in Westborough, Massachusetts, on Nov. 10, 2022.
Natasha Lomas / TechCrunch:
The EU opens another TikTok investigation to assess whether TikTok Lite's design, which financially rewards users for watching or liking videos, is “addictive”  —  The European Union has opened a second formal investigation into TikTok, announcing Monday that it suspects …
Connie Loizos / TechCrunch:
HR software company Rippling raised a $200M Series F led by Coatue at a $13.5B valuation, up from $11.25B in March 2023, and a separate $590M tender offer  —  Last week, TechCrunch broke the news that the workforce management software outfit Rippling was on the cusp of closing a new …
Rohan Goswami / CNBC:
Cloud data management company Informatica says it is not currently in acquisition talks, after Salesforce's reported interest in a ~$10B deal; INFA falls 8%+  —  Amit Walia, CEO, Informatica at the New York Stock Exchange, October 27, 2021.  —  Enterprise data management company Informatica …
Financial Times:
A look at Jeff Yass' Susquehanna International Group, which has a ~15% ByteDance stake worth ~$40B and has invested $3.5B+ across 350+ deals in China since 2005  —  Investor's Susquehanna International Group owns estimated $40bn stake in parent company ByteDance as app faces potential ban
Lizette Chapman / Bloomberg:
Nominal, which offers tools for data analysis, testing, and more to startups building advanced hardware like drones, emerges from stealth with $27.5M in funding  —  - Lux Capital, General Catalyst, Founders Fund among investors  — Software platform aims to assist new manufacturing companies
Reuters:
Russia sentences Meta spokesperson Andy Stone in absentia to six years for “publicly defending terrorism”; Russia designates Meta as an extremist organization  —  A military court in Moscow on Monday sentenced Meta Platforms (META.O) spokesperson Andy Stone to six years in prison for …

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