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May 15, 2024, 8:25 PM

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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:
Google announces Android 14 for TV, with new energy modes, accessibility features including color correction, picture-in-picture for some TV models, and more  —  It's been nearly two years since the last major Android TV release.  —  It's been two-year-long wait, but the next major Android TV version is finally here.
Jennifer Pattison Tuohy / The Verge:
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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
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 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 …
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:
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 …
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.
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.
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
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 …
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.
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.
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 …
Lawrence Abrams / BleepingComputer:
The FBI seizes BreachForums' hacking forum, which the group used to leak and sell stolen corporate data to other cybercriminals, and its Telegram channel  —  The FBI has seized the notorious BreachForums hacking forum used to leak and sell stolen corporate data to other cybercriminals.
Lewis Empson / What Hi-Fi?:
Sony unveils the £1,299 Xperia 1 VI, with a Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 chipset, a 6.5-inch OLED Full HD+ display, and 7.1x optical zoom lens, and the £349 Xperia 10 VI  —  Sony's budget and flagship phones for 2024 have arrived  —  Sony has unleashed its latest pair of Xperia smartphones for 2024.
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 …
Lauren Feiner / The Verge:
Arizona's AG sues Amazon, accusing the company of being a monopoly and deceiving consumers in violation of state laws, similar to complaints brought by the FTC  —  Arizona Attorney General Kris Mayes filed two new lawsuits against Amazon on Wednesday, bringing similar complaints to those the company …

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