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May 16, 2024, 8:55 AM

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Javier Espinoza / Financial Times:
The EU opens a formal DSA investigation into Meta, to assess if Facebook, Instagram, and its other apps were reinforcing “rabbit hole” effects and other issues  —  Facebook and Instagram owner to be investigated on whether it does enough to protect mental health of young users
Allison Johnson / The Verge:
Google announces Android theft protection features, like Theft Detection Lock, which detects motion indicating theft, and Private Space, to hide 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 …
Andrew Heinzman / How-To Geek:
Sheena Vasani / The Verge:
Microsoft unveils the Proteus Controller, a $299 modular game controller kit for disabled Xbox and PC gamers by peripheral company ByoWave, shipping in the fall  —  On Wednesday, Microsoft announced the Proteus Controller, a $299 modular video game controller kit that lets Xbox gamers with disabilities customize their controllers.
Bloomberg:
Microsoft's carbon emissions grew 29.1% from 2020 to 2023, as its push to be the global leader in AI puts its goal to be carbon negative by 2030 in peril  —  The company's goal to be carbon negative by 2030 is harder to reach, but President Brad Smith says the good AI can do for the world will outweigh its environmental impact.
Wall Street Journal:
Source: Microsoft is asking about 700 to 800 employees involved in its China-based AI and cloud computing operations to consider relocating to other countries  —  Request comes as Biden administration toughens controls on China's access to cutting-edge American technology
Jez Corden / Windows Central:
Microsoft's decisions, like seemingly rowing back on Surface, Start Menu ads, closing studios, and porting AAA games to PS5, show a short-term financial focus  —  Microsoft has made a range of baffling decisions and awful mis-steps recently.  You can trace everything back to insatiable desire for money.
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
Wes Davis / The Verge:
Some iPhone owners say the iOS 17.5 update, which Apple released on May 13, is resurfacing photos they had deleted; iOS beta testers pointed to the same bug  —  Apple appears to have a bug that's dredging up data that iPhone owners thought was gone.  Some iPhone owners are reporting that …
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
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 …
CNBC:
Netflix says its ad tier has 40M MAUs, up from 23M in January 2024, and plans to launch its own ad platform and no longer partner with Microsoft for that tech  —  Netflix's cheaper, ad-supported tier has amassed 40 million global monthly active users, the company said Wednesday.
Jordan Novet / CNBC:
Palo Alto Networks is buying IBM's QRadar cloud security software assets and moving customers to its own platform; IBM will adopt Palo Alto products internally  —  Palo Alto Networks is buying cloud security software assets from IBM as part of a broader partnership that will give …
Kristin Robinson / Billboard:
Spotify received a cease-and-desist letter from the National Music Publishers' Association over its use of lyrics in its videos feature, remix tool, and more  —  “Spotify appears to be engaged in direct infringement by hosting unlicensed musical works in its lyrics, videos and podcasts,” the NMPA writes.
Bloomberg:
Blackstone agrees to buy a majority stake in Israeli enterprise software company Priority Software, which has 17K clients and 500+ staff, at an $800M valuation  —  - Deal values enterprise software company at $800 million  — Transaction is latest in a string of Israeli tech deals
Harry McCracken / Fast Company:
An interview with Apple's Greg Joswiak and John Ternus on the new iPad lineup, the M4 chip, why the iPad and Mac both matter, the iPad as an “AI PC”, and more  —  Apple's Greg Joswiak and John Ternus on the new iPad lineup, why the iPad and Mac both matter, the iPad as an ‘AI PC,’ and more.
Associated Press:
In the first high-level AI talks in Geneva, the US raised concerns about China's “misuse of AI” while China chided the US over “restrictions and pressure” on AI  —  U.S. officials raised concerns about China's “misuse of AI” while Beijing's representatives rebuked Washington over …
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Todd Spangler / Variety:
YouTube formally launches YouTube Select Creator Takeovers, to let advertisers buy out the inventory on channels representing the top 1% of YouTube content  —  Video platform also inks deal to bring WNBA Friday night games to YouTube TV … At its annual Brandcast event …

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