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April 25, 2024, 2:35 PM

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Cecilia Kang / New York Times:
The FCC votes 3-2 to reinstate the US' net neutrality rules, expanding government oversight of ISPs and aiming to protect consumer access to the internet  —  Commissioners voted along party lines to revive the rules that declare broadband as a utility-like service that could be regulated like phones and water.
The Information:
Sources: ByteDance is exploring scenarios for selling a majority stake in TikTok US, preferably to a non-tech company, and without the recommendation algorithm  —  ByteDance is internally exploring scenarios for selling a majority stake in TikTok's U.S. business, preferably to companies outside …
Reuters:
Sources: ByteDance prefers a TikTok shutdown in the US rather than a sale if legal options fail, deeming TikTok's algorithm as core to overall ByteDance systems  —  TikTok owner ByteDance would prefer shutting down its loss-making app rather than sell it if the Chinese company exhausts …
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Tom Warren / The Verge:
Sources: Microsoft is prioritizing security over new features to win back consumer trust, as it scrambles to respond to new attacks from Russia-linked hackers  —  The world's largest tech company has a security problem.  A series of high-profile security incidents have rocked Microsoft …
Abner Li / 9to5Google:
Google Meet rolls out an update to let users seamlessly transfer calls between devices “without hanging up and rejoining” via its Android, iOS, and web apps  —  Let's say you start a call on your phone because you're not at your desk yet.  Once you get to a computer …
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Cheng Ting-Fang / Nikkei Asia:
TSMC unveils A16, chip manufacturing tech featuring nanosheet transistors with “backside power rails” meant for producing its ultra-advanced 1.6nm chips by 2026  —  Taiwan chip titan aims to secure leading position and capture AI demand  —  TAIPEI — Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co …
Melissa Heikkilä / MIT Technology Review:
A look at AI video startup Synthesia, whose avatars are more human-like and expressive than predecessors, raising concerns over the consequences of realistic AI  —  I'm stressed and running late, because what do you wear for the rest of eternity?  —  This makes it sound like I'm dying, but it's the opposite.
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  —  Change Healthcare Finally Admits It Paid Ransomware Hackers—and Still Faces a Patient Data Leak
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Ben Glickman / Wall Street Journal:
The US awards Micron up to $6.1B under the CHIPS Act, to back an up to $125B investment to build a megafab in New York and a fab in Idaho over the next 20 years  —  Micron Technology MU -.60%decrease; red down pointing triangle is receiving up to $6.1 billion from the federal government …
Shubham Sharma / VentureBeat:
Snowflake launches Arctic, an LLM optimized for enterprise tasks such as SQL generation, coding, and instruction following, under an Apache 2.0 license  —  Today, Snowflake announced the launch of Arctic, a large language model (LLM) optimized for complex enterprise workloads such as SQL generation …
Ivan Mehta / TechCrunch:
Threads expands Hidden Words to let users filter out words, phrases, or emoji, and tests the option to mute notifications and ways to select who can quote posts  —  Threads and Instagram head Adam Mosseri announced today that Threads is launching a new feature that lets users filter out words and phrases from their feeds and mentions.
Ben Glickman / Wall Street Journal:
IBM agrees to acquire HashiCorp, which helps companies manage cloud infrastructure, in a deal valuing HashiCorp at $6.4B and set 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

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