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May 2, 2024, 6:50 AM

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Leah Nylen / Bloomberg:
US v. Google: Google paid Apple $20B in 2022 to be the default search engine in Safari; in 2020, Google's payments constituted 17.5% of Apple's operating income  —  The deal between the two tech giants is at the heart of the landmark case, in which antitrust enforcers allege Google …
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Jennifer Elias / CNBC:
Sources: Google laid off 200+ employees from its Core teams, including IT and its Python developer team, and plans to move some roles to India and Mexico  —  Sundar Pichai, chief executive officer of Alphabet Inc., during Stanford's 2024 Business, Government, and Society forum in Stanford, California, US, on Wednesday, April 3, 2024.
Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai / TechCrunch:
UnitedHealth CEO Andrew Witty testifies that the Change Healthcare hack impacted “maybe a third” of Americans and notifying victims will take “several months”  —  Two months after hackers broke into Change Healthcare systems stealing and then encrypting company data …
Ashley Capoot / CNBC:
US Senate hearing: UnitedHealth's CEO says the company paid a $22M ransom to the hackers who accessed a Change Healthcare server that wasn't protected by MFA  —  UnitedHealth CEO Andrew Witty testifies before the Senate Finance Committee on Capitol Hill on May 1, 2024 in Washington, DC.
Molly White / Citation Needed:
As people yearn for the web's “good old days”, bringing those days back is possible with new tech, the possibility of new protocols, and more internet users  —  Many yearn for the “good old days” of the web.  We could have those good old days back — or something even better …
Jem Aswad / Variety:
Universal Music Group and TikTok agree a new music licensing deal to bring UMG music back to the platform, including “improved remuneration” and AI protections  —  The months-long standoff between Universal Music Group and TikTok over royalty payments and AI policies is finally over …
Vittoria Elliott / Wired:
Ethan Zuckerman sues to stop Meta from blocking his planned Unfollow Everything 2.0 extension that would let Facebook users effectively turn off their Feed  —  Academic Ethan Zuckerman is suing Meta to win protections for add-ons that help researchers study the platform and give users more control over their feeds.
Hannah Rabinowitz / CNN:
The US DOJ sentences Ukrainian national Yaroslav Vasinskyi to 13+ years in prison and orders $16M in restitution for helping REvil conduct ransomware attacks  —  A Ukrainian national was sentenced on Wednesday to more than 13 years in prison and ordered to pay $16 million in restitution …
Hayden Field / CNBC:
Anthropic launches a free iOS app and Team, its first enterprise plan, which offers access to its Claude 3 Opus, Sonnet, and Haiku models for $30/user/month  —  Anthropic on Wednesday announced its first-ever enterprise offering and a free iPhone app.  —  The generative artificial intelligence startup …
Orlando Mayorquín / New York Times:
Airbnb launches Icons, a new category of experiences that lets users meet celebrities and stay in outlandish venues, like a replica of the house from Pixar's Up  —  The company announced a new category of outlandish stays in partnership with brands and celebrities, building on the success of gimmicks like the Barbie Malibu DreamHouse.
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Kyle Chayka / New Yorker:
As social media platforms pivot away from news distribution, a look at news sites like The Verge, which function like social media, with aggregation and more  —  As social networks become less reliable distributors of the news, consumers of digital journalism are seeking out an older form of online real estate.
Sofia Barnett / Wired:
Anonymous social media app Sidechat has become both a place for dialog and a breeding ground for hate speech amid US college protests over the Israel-Hamas war  —  Amidst tensions about free speech on university campuses and the ongoing Israel-Hamas war, anonymous social media app Sidechat has become a hotbed of vile rhetoric.
Matthew Goldstein / New York Times:
TMTG co-founder Andy Litinsky, testifying as a witness in an insider trading case, says Trump nearly derailed the DWAC deal in October 2021, before signing on  —  Andy Litinsky, who helped start the former president's social media company, revealed Mr. Trump's last-minute doubts about an agreement that made them all very wealthy.
Bloomberg:
AI has the potential to ease the US meat industry's labor vulnerability by letting robots perform some of the high precision tasks required to butcher meat  —  Advances in computer vision and machine learning allow robots to perform some of the high precision tasks required to butcher beef and chicken.
Saritha Rai / Bloomberg:
Microsoft announces plans to invest $2.2B in cloud and AI infrastructure in Malaysia over four years and train 200,000 people with AI skills in the country  —  - Nadella announces plan for more AI infrastructure in Malaysia  — Tech companies are targeting Southeast Asia as new growth area
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Unity names ex-Zynga COO Matthew Bromberg as its new CEO, president, and board member; ex-CEO John Riccitiello resigned in October 2023 after a pricing fiasco  —  Game engine maker Unity has appointed Matthew Bromberg, former COO of Zynga, as its new CEO, president and board member.

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