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April 23, 2024, 10:15 AM

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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.
Counterpoint Research:
iPhone sales in China fell 19.1% YoY to a 15.7% share in Q1 2024; Vivo fell 0.4% YoY to 17.4%, Honor rose 11.5% YoY to 16.1%, and Huawei rose 69.7% YoY to 15.5%  —  - China's smartphone sales grew 1.5% YoY and 4.6% QoQ in Q1 2024, marking the second consecutive quarter of positive YoY growth.
Austin Weinstein / Bloomberg:
Sources: two SEC lawyers resigned after a US federal judge sanctioned and sharply rebuked the SEC for “gross abuse” of power in crypto platform DEBT Box's case  —  - Judge sanctioned regulator for ‘gross abuse of power’ in March  — Utah crypto firm was put into receivership on staff's advice
Washington Post:
Google fires ~20 more staff the company says participated in protests denouncing an Israeli cloud contract; an activist workers' group says the total is now 50+  —  Some employees protested the tech giant's contract with the Israeli government.  They've been let go.
Dave Lee / Bloomberg:
As Congress' TikTok bill moves ahead, lawmakers must show the public on what grounds the government is banning a popular and culturally significant platform  —  Congress must show the evidence to gain Americans' support for its proposed sale or ban of one of the world's most popular social networks.
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 …
Ashley Carman / Bloomberg:
Spotify reports Q1 revenue up 20% YoY to €3.6B, MAUs up 19% YoY to 615M, below 617.9M est., subscribers up 14% YoY to 239M, and a €168M operating income  —  - Subscribers to paid Spotify tiers grew 14% to 239 million  — Audio-streaming firm swings to profit in first quarter
Scott Stein / CNET:
Meta opens its VR OS, now called Horizon OS, to third parties, and says Asus and Lenovo plan Horizon OS-compatible headsets; Meta plans an Xbox 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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Jess Weatherbed / The Verge:
Adobe adds AI tools to Photoshop powered by its new Firefly Image 3 model, including Reference Image to inspire the AI's output, available in beta on desktop  —  Adobe is adding some new generative AI tools to its Photoshop creative software that aim to give users additional ways to control the designs they generate.
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 …
Shirin Ghaffary / Bloomberg:
Perplexity AI, which offers an AI chatbot to summarize search results, raised ~$63M led by Daniel Gross at a $1B+ valuation, up from $520M in January 2024  —  Perplexity's valuation has doubled in three months in a clear sign of investor enthusiasm for the company's artificial intelligence chatbot.
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