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May 15, 2024, 5:15 PM

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Allison Johnson / The Verge:
Google unveils Android 15 security features, like Theft Detection Lock, which detects motions associated with theft, and Private Space, to store sensitive data  —  Google is announcing an array of new security features as it releases its second Android 15 beta, including a feature that can detect …
Lawrence Bonk / Engadget:
Google unveils Android for Cars updates: new apps including Max, Peacock, and Angry Birds for select car models, Google Cast for Android Automotive OS, and more  —  There are also forthcoming developer tools for creating new experiences.  —  Google just announced at an update coming …
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Cherlynn Low / Engadget:
Apple unveils accessibility features, like Eye Tracking, to let users with physical disabilities control iPads or iPhones with their eyes, and Music Haptics  —  The company is making it easier to use your gaze to navigate iOS and iPadOS.  —  Deputy Editor, Reviews
David Pierce / The Verge:
Anthropic hires Instagram and Artifact co-founder Mike Krieger as its chief product officer, after the startup released an iOS app for its Claude chatbot  —  As Anthropic tries to take on the AI giants, it has a new big-name executive on board: the company announced this morning that Mike Krieger is its new chief product officer.
CNBC:
Netflix says its ad tier has 40M MAUs, up from 23M in January, and it will launch its own ad platform and no longer partner with Microsoft for that technology  —  Netflix's cheaper, ad-supported tier has amassed 40 million global monthly active users, the company said Wednesday.
Alex Weprin / The Hollywood Reporter:
Ben Smith / Semafor:
Billionaire tech critic Frank McCourt says he is preparing a “people's bid” to buy and rebuild TikTok so users “own and control their identity and their data”  —  The Scoop  —  A billionaire tech critic says he is mounting a bid to buy TikTok, the massive Chinese …
Washington Post:
New York Times:
Bipartisan US Senators release a long-awaited plan for AI, calling for spending $32B annually by 2026 on R&D, creating a federal data privacy law, and more  —  Their plan is the culmination of a yearlong listening tour on the dangers of the new technology.
Sam Kessler / CoinDesk:
The US DOJ indicts two brothers for allegedly stealing $25M in crypto via an exploit of the MEV-Boost software used by some Ethereum validators  —  The alleged 12-second attack related to the controversial practice known as MEV, or maximal extractable value.  —  10 Years of Decentralizing the Future
Dan Robinson / The Register:
VMware makes its Workstation Pro and Fusion Pro desktop hypervisor products free for personal use  —  A nice gesture among the sh!tshow of Broadcom's acquisition  —  VMware has made another small but notable post-merger concession to users: the Workstation Pro and Fusion Pro desktop hypervisor products …
Wes Davis / The Verge:
Some iPhone owners say the iOS 17.5 update, which Apple released on Monday, is resurfacing photos they had deleted  —  Apple appears to have a bug that's dredging up data that iPhone owners thought was gone.  Some iPhone owners are reporting that, after updating their phones to iOS 17.5 …
Natalie Lung / Bloomberg:
Uber plans to work with local fleets to add US shuttle bus services to and from airports, concert venues, and sports stadiums, for a fraction of UberX's cost  —  - Uber Shuttle priced at a fraction of usual cost of rideshares  — Shares of rival Instacart slid on news of Uber's Costco deal
Mark Hachman / PCWorld:
Intel debuts Thunderbolt Share, a new specification and app to connect two PCs, letting users transfer data at 40Gbps+, control another PC, sync files, and more  —  Adios, shuffling around flash drives?  —  With Thunderbolt Share, Intel is turning the Thunderbolt cable into a way to connect …
Casey Newton / Platformer:
The arrival of AI search bodes ill for everyone who relies on web search to have their business discovered, their blog post read, or their journalism funded  —  With AI search results coming to the masses, the human-powered web recedes further into the background
The Verge:
Jan Leike, who was co-leading OpenAI's Superalignment team with Ilya Sutskever to “steer and control” more powerful AI, has also resigned from the company  —  Ilya Sutskever, OpenAI's co-founder and chief scientist who helped lead the infamous failed coup against Sam Altman …
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