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May 9, 2024, 4:40 PM

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Jason Schreier / Bloomberg:
Sources: after closing several video game studios, Microsoft plans more cuts, as the massive Activision acquisition has ramped up scrutiny on the Xbox division  —  Xbox is offering voluntary severance agreements to producers, quality assurance testers and other staff at ZeniMax as part of a broader cost-cutting initiative
Ash Parrish / The Verge:
Town hall: Xbox Game Studios head Matt Booty discussed wanting small and prestigious games, after closing the studio behind small, prestigious hit Hi-Fi Rush  —  Today, one day after Microsoft announced that it would shut down four of its games studios, Matt Booty, head of Xbox Game Studios …
Lawrence Abrams / BleepingComputer:
Dell warns customers of a data breach after a threat actor claimed to have stolen data for ~49M customers, but says financial and payment data was not stolen  —  Dell is warning customers of a data breach, after a threat actor claimed to have stolen information for approximately 49 million customers.
Wall Street Journal:
In a blog post, Neuralink details a problem with its implant in patient Noland Arbaugh's brain that reduced data collection after the implant's threads came out  —  Amount of data captured from the device declined, although the patient and the Elon Musk-owned company still staged a successful demonstration
Wall Street Journal:
Binance sources and docs: an internal investigator, dismissed in late 2023, found evidence of secret internal trading accounts and DWF Labs' market manipulation  —  Former company insiders say the firing of an internal investigator showed that the crypto exchange neglected evidence of market manipulation.
Mark Gurman / Bloomberg:
Sources: Apple's first server chips for its upcoming AI features will be the M2 Ultra; simpler AI tasks will be processed directly on iPhones, iPads, and Macs  —  - Company puts Mac-grade chips in data centers for fall launch  — Apple to offer features using on-device and cloud approaches
Tim Nudd / Ad Age:
Apple apologizes for the “Crush” iPad Pro ad and scraps plans to run it on TV; Apple's VP of marketing communications Tor Myhren says “we missed the mark”  —  The company says its ‘Crush’ spot fell short of its goal of empowering and celebrating creatives
Dan Milmo / The Guardian:
As part of its Model Spec release, OpenAI says it is considering letting developers and users “responsibly” generate “NSFW content in age-appropriate contexts”  —  Critics say ChatGPT creator's proposal to allow erotica, slurs and other adult content undermines its mission statement
Carl Franzen / VentureBeat:
Emily Chang / Bloomberg:
An interview with Sundar Pichai on playing the long game on AI, how Google got Gemini image generation wrong, the future of search, layoffs, and more  —  In this episode of The Circuit with Emily Chang, the Alphabet CEO explains how he's in it for the long haul—and won't dance to anyone else's tune.
Financial Times:
TikTok plans to start automatically labeling some AI content, including from DALL-E and Adobe's Firefly, and joins the Adobe-led content credentials coalition  —  Social media companies under pressure to identify deepfakes and prevent spread of misinformation
Chris Welch / The Verge:
Sonos responds to criticism of its app redesign, saying it takes “courage to rebuild” and that it's working to reintroduce missing features in the coming months  —  In the days since, customers have complained about missing features like sleep timers, broken local music library management …
Nectar Gan / CNN:
Baidu's PR chief Qu Jing reportedly left the company after criticism over her Douyin videos demanding that workers must be available 24 hours a day  —  Editor's Note: Sign up for CNN's Meanwhile in China newsletter which explores what you need to know about the country's rise and how it impacts the world.
The Information:
Sources: Gopuff, one of the last fast-delivery startups in the US after Getir's exit, burned ~$400M in 2023 and wants to start generating cash by early 2025  —  Instant-delivery pioneer Gopuff is the last speedy-delivery startup left standing in the U.S. after its best-funded competitor …
Shahram Mokhtari / iFixit News:
Huawei Pura 70 Pro teardown: most of its chips are designed and manufactured in China, and the 7nm Kirin 9010 is only marginally better than the Kirin 9000S  —  Huawei released the Pura 70 line of smartphones in April 2024 and it's already made a bit of a stir.

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