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May 23, 2024, 6:35 PM

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The Block:
The US SEC approves spot Ethereum ETFs from BlackRock, Fidelity, Grayscale, Bitwise, VanEck, Ark, Invesco Galaxy, and Franklin Templeton  —  - The SEC has approved eight spot Ethereum ETFs in an omnibus order.  — This comes just four months after the agency approved spot Bitcoin ETFs for the first time.
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.
Jyoti Mann / Business Insider:
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 …
Chris Welch / The Verge:
Spotify tells customers that its Car Thing dashboard accessory will stop working on December 9, less than a year after it went on sale, without offering refunds  —  Spotify's brief attempt at being a hardware company wasn't all that successful: the company stopped producing …
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,” …
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.
Ben Thompson / Stratechery:
Lucas Shaw / Bloomberg:
Sources: Alphabet and Meta have talked to Hollywood studios about licensing content for AI video generation tools; Disney and Netflix aren't willing to license  —  - Studios seek to harness AI's promise without losing control  — Warner weighs licensing content; Disney, Netflix say no
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.
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.
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 …
Reed Abelson / New York Times:
Systems at US hospital operator Ascension, which has ~140 hospitals, remain down indefinitely after a May 8 cyberattack, in a hack similar 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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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 …
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:
Greg Bensinger / Reuters:
Amazon investors vote to reject all 14 resolutions that asked to disclose more on its carbon emissions and directors' donations, form an AI committee, and more  —  Amazon.com (AMZN.O) investors voted against all 14 resolutions that asked the retailer to disclose more about its carbon emissions …
Financial Times:
Meta's Yann LeCun says LLMs won't reach human intelligence and instead FAIR is working on a “world modeling” vision, to create AI that can develop common sense  —  Yann LeCun argues current AI methods are flawed as he pushes for ‘world modelling’ vision for superintelligence

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