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April 24, 2024, 8:30 PM

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Lauren Feiner / The Verge:
President Biden signs the ByteDance-TikTok divest-or-ban bill into law, after the Senate passed it by 79-18; the House passed the legislation 360-58 on April 20  —  The divest-or-ban bill is now law, starting the clock for ByteDance to make its move.  The company has an initial nine months …
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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 a divestiture as a last resort  —  - China's ByteDance faces deadline to sell app under new US law  — Company braces for legal fight against divest-or-ban efforts
Foo Yun Chee / Reuters:
TikTok is suspending the rewards program in TikTok Lite while it tries to resolve EU concerns about the potentially addictive nature of the program for children  —  TikTok will voluntarily suspend its new app TikTok Lite's reward programme while it tries to resolve EU concerns, the company said on X social media platform on Wednesday.
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Meta Investor Relations:
Meta reports Q1 revenue up 27% YoY to $36.46B, net income up 117% YoY to $12.37B, and family daily active people up 7% YoY to 3.24B for March 2024  —  Meta Platforms, Inc. (Nasdaq: META) today reported financial results for the quarter ended March 31, 2024.
Ashley Capoot / CNBC:
Meta's stock drops 15%+ after hours on a weak Q2 revenue guidance and higher FY 2024 capital expenditures due to increased AI infrastructure investments  —  Meta shares plunged in extended trading on Wednesday after the company issued a light forecast, overshadowing better-than-expected first-quarter results.
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Andy Greenberg / Wired:
Cisco details a hacking campaign that penetrated multiple governments' networks using two zero-day flaws in its VPN and firewall Adaptive Security Appliances  —  Sources suspect China is behind the targeted exploitation of two zero-day vulnerabilities in Cisco's security appliances.
Ben Glickman / Wall Street Journal:
IBM agrees to buy HashiCorp, which helps companies manage cloud infrastructure, in a deal valuing HashiCorp at $6.4B and expected to close by the end of 2024  —  IBM will pay $35 a share for the cloud-software company in cash, giving it access to HashiCorp's roster of some 4,400 clients
Bob Van Voris / Bloomberg:
US prosecutors charge two founders of the Samourai Wallet crypto mixing service, saying it facilitated more than $100M in money laundering transactions  —  - US prosecutors say Samourai Wallet was ‘haven for criminals’  — Europol has said crypto mixing services are a ‘top threat’
Joanna Nelius / The Verge:
Qualcomm details its Snapdragon X Plus and X Elite chips; benchmarks from a demo 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 …
Meir Orbach / CTech:
Nvidia acquires AI infrastructure orchestration and management service Run:ai, a source says for ~$700M; Run:ai, founded in 2018, had raised $118M to date  —  Run:ai enables enterprise customers to manage and optimize their compute infrastructure, whether on premises, in the cloud or in hybrid environments.
Shubham Sharma / VentureBeat:
Apple researchers share OpenELM, a family of LLMs with 270M to 3B parameters, designed to run on-device, and pre-trained and fine-tuned on public datasets  —  Just as Google, Samsung and Microsoft continue to push their efforts with generative AI on PCs and mobile devices …
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Brian McGleenon / The Block:
Worldcoin subsidiary World Assets plans to sell WLD tokens to meet the demand for orb-verified World IDs and support Worldcoin network growth; WLD drops 7%+  —  - Worldcoin says its subsidiary World Assets may routinely sell WLD tokens to meet increasing demand for orb-verified World IDs and support network growth.

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