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May 23, 2024, 3:25 PM

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Jason Koebler / 404 Media:
Leaked contract: Samsung requires independent repair shops to notify Samsung, share customer data, and “immediately disassemble” devices with aftermarket parts  —  In exchange for selling them repair parts, Samsung requires independent repair shops to give Samsung the name …
Sean Hollister / The Verge:
iFixit and Samsung end their repair partnership after two years; iFixit CEO Kyle Wiens says that “Samsung does not seem interested in enabling repair at scale”  —  iFixit and Samsung are parting ways. … “Samsung does not seem interested in enabling repair at scale,” …
Mayank Parmar / BleepingComputer:
Users reported a massive Microsoft outage that impacted Bing, Copilot on the web and mobile, Copilot in Windows, ChatGPT's internet search, DuckDuckGo, and more  —  A massive Microsoft outage affects Bing.com, Copilot for web and mobile, Copilot in Windows, ChatGPT internet search and DuckDuckGo.
Ryan Christoffel / 9to5Mac:
Kuo: Apple is targeting a full-screen foldable MacBook launch in 2026 and considering a 20.25" or a 18.8" panel, with an M5 chip and Vision Pro-level price  —  Apple is working on all-screen foldable devices.  Unlike its competitors, however, its focus seems less on foldable smartphones and tablets …
CNBC:
US DOJ and state AGs sue to break up Ticketmaster parent Live Nation over alleged antitrust violations, following a DOJ probe and Taylor Swift fan complaints  —  The U.S. Department of Justice is suing to break up Live Nation, the parent company of Ticketmaster, over alleged antitrust violations.
Nitasha Tiku / Washington Post:
Docs and sources: OpenAI didn't use Scarlett Johansson's voice for ChatGPT's Sky and hired another actress in June, months before Sam Altman contacted Johansson  —  A different actress was hired to provide the voice for ChatGPT's ‘Sky,’ according to documents and recordings shared with the Washington Post.
Kelsey Piper / Vox:
Maxwell Zeff / Gizmodo:
X Director of Engineering Haofei Wang says “we are making likes private” in an update happening “soon”, as “public likes are incentivizing the wrong behavior”  —  Musk could soon make likes on X private, changing a feature that historically placed several celebrities, including him, into scandals.
Jeremy Gan / Dexerto:
Linus Tech Tips, accused in August 2023 of theft, ethical lapses, and sexual harassment, says an outside investigation found the claims were “largely unfounded”  —  Linus Tech Tips has released the findings from an investigation of the allegations levied upon them in 2023 …
Emilia David / The Verge:
Truecaller partners with Microsoft's Azure AI Speech to let its AI Assistant users create an AI version of their voice based on a recorded clip to answer calls  —  Caller ID company Truecaller will let users create an AI version of their voice to answer calls.
Paul Sawers / TechCrunch:
Google details Umoja, the first fiber optic cable that would connect Africa and Australia, starting in Kenya and running via the DRC and others to South Africa  —  Google is preparing to build what will be the first subsea fiber-optic cable connecting the continents of Africa and Australia.
Reed Abelson / New York Times:
US hospital operator Ascension, which has ~140 hospitals, remains down indefinitely after a May 8 cyberattack, an eerily similar hack to Change Healthcare  —  For two weeks at the 140-hospital system, doctors and nurses have had little access to digital records for patient histories, resorting to paper and faxes to treat people.
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Kif Leswing / CNBC:
André Beganski / Decrypt:
The US House passes the Financial Innovation and Technology for the 21st Century Act, or FIT21, which would create a regulatory framework for digital assets  —  Dubbed the Financial Innovation and Technology for the 21st Century Act, or FIT21, the measure was approved by the House of Representatives with a 279-136 vote.
Jyoti Mann / Business Insider:
Natasha Lomas / TechCrunch:
A bill strengthening the UK Competition and Markets Authority to regulate tech giants like Apple and Google heads toward approval before the UK's July election  —  The UK will shortly get its own rulebook for Big Tech, after peers in the House of Lords agreed Thursday afternoon to pass the Digital Markets …

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