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May 13, 2024, 10:25 AM

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Jason Koebler / 404 Media:
Many US farmers had to halt their planting operations after a solar storm broke critical GPS and precision farming functionality in tractors and other equipment  —  The solar storm that brought the aurora borealis to large parts of the United States this weekend also broke critical GPS …
Javier Espinoza / Financial Times:
Sources: the EU is set to issue new antitrust charges against Microsoft over concerns of undermining Teams competitors, despite the company offering concessions  —  Tech group's effort to avoid action by unbundling videoconferencing app from its other software appears to have failed
Paul Alcorn / Tom's Hardware:
Top500: the Intel-powered Aurora supercomputer, not yet fully operational, came second behind the AMD-powered Frontier, but did come top in an AI benchmark  —  Aurora faces stability issues from hardware failures, cooling malfunctions, and operational errors.
Qianer Liu / The Information:
Sources: in recent months, China asked ByteDance, Tencent, Alibaba, Baidu, and others to cut back on Nvidia purchases in favor of chips made by local companies  —  Chinese authorities have a message for the local tech industry: Buy Chinese.  —  Officials with government agencies in recent months …
Bloomberg:
The EU designates Booking as a DMA gatekeeper, saying “holidaymakers will start benefiting from more choice and hotels will have more business opportunities”  —  - Travel site is designated as a ‘gatekeeper’ under EU's DMA  — X avoids rules for now as officials open probe into its status
Lucas Shaw / Bloomberg:
Sources: Apple has met with Hollywood talent representatives to propose a new performance-based compensation regime, as Amazon and Netflix work on similar plans  —  Apple builds a bonus system around sign-ups, viewer loyalty and production costs.  —  Good afternoon from 30,000 feet.
Washington Post:
A look at the growing number of startups offering AI deepfake detection services, with some claiming startling levels of accuracy despite untested capabilities  —  A surge of companies now claim to offer hyper-accurate detection services, but their capabilities are largely untested.

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