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May 30, 2024, 12:20 PM

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Sources: Sam Altman and Satya Nadella recently met to discuss Microsoft's concerns about how OpenAI's deal with Apple might affect Microsoft's product ambitions  —  When OpenAI's board of directors ousted Sam Altman as CEO last year, it looked like a shocking derailment of a fast-rising career.
Mike Corder / Associated Press:
Europol says police in Germany, the UK, the US, and others took down botnets spreading ransomware via infected emails, arrested four, and seized 2,000+ domains  —  Police coordinated by the European Union's justice and police agencies have taken down computer networks responsible …
Sergiu Gatlan / BleepingComputer:
The US and global partners dismantle the 911 S5 proxy botnet, “likely the world's largest botnet ever”, linked to 19M+ IPs, and arrest its alleged administrator  —  The U.S. Justice Department and international partners dismantled the 911 S5 proxy botnet and arrested 35-year-old …
Mia Sato / The Verge:
Google confirms the authenticity of the 2,500 pages of leaked Search documents detailing data the company collects, which may be used in its ranking algorithm  —  A collection of 2,500 leaked internal documents from Google filled with details about data the company collects is authentic, the company confirmed today.
Jennifer Pattison Tuohy / The Verge:
Hands-on with Fire TV's Alexa voice search, rolling out now: powered by a custom LLM to take conversational requests, but the results are largely disappointing  —  Navigating the sheer volume of streaming content available today can be a full-time job.  Recommendations from friends …
Sara Fischer / Axios:
The Atlantic and Vox Media sign multiyear licensing and product deals with OpenAI; The Atlantic plans an experimental Atlantic Labs with OpenAI's and other tech  —  - The Atlantic has been publishing content since 1857. … - Both agreements also allow OpenAI to tap into the respective …
Elizabeth Napolitano / The Block:
Mastercard pilots a P2P network for crypto transactions on Bit2Me, Lirium, and Mercado Bitcoin exchanges in 13 European and Latin American countries  —  - Mastercard is launching a peer-to-peer network for sending and receiving digital assets across borders.
Kat Tenbarge / NBC News:
An image showing tents in a camp spelling out “All Eyes on Rafah” hits 44M+ shares on Instagram in <48 hours, likely one of the first viral activist AI images  —  The image, which appears to be AI-generated, was shared more than 29 million times in less than 24 hours.
Matt Binder / Mashable:
Ticketmaster appears to have been breached by hacking group ShinyHunters, which claims to have stolen 560M users' data and is trying to sell the data for $500K  —  Emails, phone numbers, addresses, and even financial details have allegedly been exposed by a notorious hacker group.
Wesley Yin-Poole / IGN:
A US federal court awards Activision $14.46M+ in its 2022 civil lawsuit accusing EngineOwning of violating the DMCA by selling Call of Duty cheating software  —  Owned.  —  A high-profile video game cheat maker has been ordered to pay Activision over $14 million in damages and hand over its domain name.
Larry Dignan / Constellation Research:
Hope King / Axios:
Amazon extends partnership with Grubhub to let US customers order food delivery inside Amazon's app through Grubhub and makes Grubhub+ a permanent Prime perk  —  - Any Amazon customer can search for “Grubhub” in the product search bar of Amazon's app to order, track and manage their food, like they would through the Grubhub app.
Michael Sheetz / CNBC:
Verizon and satellite provider AST SpaceMobile partner to provide space-based broadband direct to phones; Verizon committed $65M in prepayments and $35m in debt  —  Satellite-to-phones service provider AST SpaceMobile stock surged after announcing a partnership with Verizon on Wednesday …
Jamie Crawley / CoinDesk:
In a risk assessment, the US Treasury says NFTs are “highly susceptible to use in fraud and scams” and NFT platforms lack controls to combat money laundering  —  “Illicit actors can use NFTs to launder proceeds from predicate crimes, often in combination with other methods …
Steven Lee Myers / New York Times:
Researchers: an ex-Florida deputy sheriff who received asylum in Russia has built a network of 160+ fake news sites with the help of ChatGPT and other AI tools  —  In 2016, Russia used an army of trolls to interfere in the U.S. presidential election.  This year, an American given asylum …

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