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May 1, 2024, 5:30 PM

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Jennifer Elias / CNBC:
Sources: Google laid off at least 200 employees from its “Core” teams, including its Python developer team, and plans to move some roles to Mexico and India  —  Sundar Pichai, chief executive officer of Alphabet Inc., during Stanford's 2024 Business, Government …
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 …
Asa Fitch / Wall Street Journal:
New Jersey-based CoreWeave, which offers GPUs in the cloud, raised $1.1B led by Coatue at a $19B valuation, up from $7B after raising $642M in December 2023  —  Company raises $1.1 billion from investors including Fidelity, Magnetar Capital  —  CoreWeave, a cloud-computing company backed by Nvidia …
Bloomberg:
DOJ v. Google: Microsoft invested in OpenAI over fears of falling behind Google; Kevin Scott said he was “very, very worried” in a 2019 email to Satya Nadella  —  - Google faces US antitrust case about its dominance in search  — Microsoft's communications deemed relevant to defense by judge
Ashley Capoot / CNBC:
In a US Senate hearing, the UnitedHealth CEO says the company paid a $22M ransom to 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.
Karissa Bell / Engadget:
LinkedIn debuts three Wordle-style puzzle games: theme-based guessing game Pinpoint, Sudoku- and Minesweeper-style crossover Queens, and trivia game Crossclimb  —  How long until “What I learned about B2B sales from playing Crossclimb”?  —  LinkedIn, the professional network known …
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.
Ash Parrish / The Verge:
Meta unveils Batman: Arkham Shadow, a VR game and the next entry in the iconic Batman: Arkham game series, launching exclusively on the Quest 3 later in 2024  —  Iron Man VR developer Camouflaj and Oculus Studios are developing the game, which is set to release later this year.
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:
Andy Greenberg / Wired:
Elliptic, MIT, and IBM release an AI detection model and its 200M-transaction training dataset to help identify money laundering on Bitcoin's blockchain  —  Blockchain analysis firm Elliptic, MIT, and IBM have released a new AI model—and the 200-million-transaction dataset it's trained on …
Reuters:
Reuters/Ipsos poll: ~58% agree with the statement that the Chinese government uses TikTok to “influence American public opinion”, and 50% support banning TikTok  —  - A majority of Americans believe that China uses TikTok to shape U.S. public opinion, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll conducted …
Steven Levy / Wired:
Q&A with White House Office of Science and Technology Policy Director Arati Prabhakar on her role, working at DARPA, AI, showing ChatGPT to Biden, and more  —  Arati Prabhakar has the ear of the US president and a massive mission: help manage AI, revive the semiconductor industry, and pull off a cancer moonshot.
Justine Calma / The Verge:
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Wes Davis / The Verge:
LastPass separates from GoTo, which announced the spinoff in December 2021, six years after acquiring LastPass; the service suffered high-profile hacks in 2022  —  It's been over a year and a half since LastPass suffered back-to-back high-profile hacks, and the company now says it has separated from its parent company, GoTo.
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