May 2, 2024, 5:05 AM

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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 …
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 …
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:
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.
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 …
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.
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 …
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 …
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:
Gretchen Morgenson / NBC News:
Sources: US federal prosecutors are digging into internal practices at Block, discussing with an ex-employee alleged widespread and yearslong compliance lapses  —  Internal documents indicate Block processed crypto transactions for terrorist groups and Square processed transactions involving nations subject to economic sanctions.
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.
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.
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.
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 …

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