May 2, 2024, 6:55 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 …
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:
Testimony: UnitedHealth CEO Andrew Witty says the Change Healthcare hack impacted “maybe” 30% of US citizens; UnitedHealth will notify users in “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 strike 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.
Tom Warren / The Verge:
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.
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

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