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April 24, 2024, 10:05 AM

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Lauren Feiner / The Verge:
The US Senate passes the TikTok divestment bill by a margin of 79-18; the legislation now heads to President Biden, who has committed to sign the bill into law  —  A bill that would force China-based company Bytedance to sell TikTok — or else face a US ban of the platform …
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Alex Barinka / Bloomberg:
Biden signing the TikTok divestment bill starts a 270-day countdown for a sale or a US prohibition; sources say ByteDance sees divestiture as a last resort  —  - China's ByteDance faces deadline to sell app under US measure  — Company braces for legal fight against divest-or-ban efforts
Wall Street Journal:
The FTC bans noncompete clauses that restrict job switching, the first time in 50+ years that the FTC has issued a regulation mandating an economy-wide change  —  Move sets up high-stakes legal clash with business groups over the agency's power  —  WASHINGTON—The Federal Trade Commission …
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Jacob Ridley / PC Gamer:
The European Parliament adopts right-to-repair rules clarifying manufacturer obligations to provide repair services, consumer access to spare parts, and more  —  The new rules will give customers new ways to claim support for a product throughout its lifetime, and also aid independent repair shops.
Seb Joseph / Digiday:
For the third time, Google delays the deprecation of third-party cookies in Chrome, pushing back its plans to early 2025, after the UK CMA expressed concerns  —  Google is delaying the end of third-party cookies in its Chrome browser — again.  In other unsurprising developments, water remains wet.
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Nikhilesh De / CoinDesk:
US prosecutors argue Binance founder Changpeng Zhao should spend three years in prison and pay $50M for helping violate sanctions and money laundering laws  —  The DOJ wants Zhao to serve 36 months after his guilty plea last year.  —  Binance's founder and former chief executive, Changpeng …
Sergiu Gatlan / BleepingComputer:
The US OFAC sanctions four Iranian nationals over cyberattacks on the US government, defense contractors, and private companies, and the DOJ unseals indictments  —  The Treasury Department's Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) has sanctioned four Iranian nationals for their involvement …
Edward Zitron / Ed Zitron's Where's Your Ed At:
Emails released as part of US vs. Google show how Google's finance and ad teams led by Prabhakar Raghavan made Search worse to make the company more money  —  This is the story of how Google Search died, and the people responsible for killing it.  —  The story begins on February 5th 2019 …
MacKenzie Sigalos / CNBC:
Block says it has finished developing its own 3nm bitcoin mining chip and is working through the design with a “leading global semiconductor foundry”  —  Jack Dorsey says that his payments company, Block (formerly Square), is expanding its bitcoin mining ambitions from designing chips …
Adam Iscoe / New Yorker:
A look at the restaurant reservation ecosystem in New York City, where new apps have sprung up to help diners book a table at buzzy restaurants for a price  —  How bots, mercenaries, and table scalpers have turned the restaurant reservation system inside out.
Joanna Nelius / The Verge:
Qualcomm details its Snapdragon X Plus and Snapdragon X Elite chips; benchmarks suggest the chips match Apple's M3, Intel's Core Ultra 9, and AMD's Ryzen 9  —  On Wednesday, Qualcomm announced the impending arrival of its Snapdragon X Plus laptop processor alongside more information …
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Carl Franzen / VentureBeat:
OpenAI announces new enterprise-grade features for API customers, including enhanced security, administrative controls, and new Assistants API capabilities  —  Even as Meta's new Llama 3 has quickly rocketed up the charts of most-used and most customized large language models (LLMs) …
Ming-Chi Kuo:
Sources: Apple cut 2024 Vision Pro shipments to 400K to 450K units, compared to a 700K+ market consensus, and US demand has “fallen sharply beyond expectations”  —  My latest survey is as follows:  — Apple has cut its 2024 Vision Pro shipments to 400-450k units (vs. market consensus of 700-800k units or more).

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