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May 30, 2024, 4:18 AM

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Sergiu Gatlan / BleepingComputer:
The US and global partners dismantle the 911 S5 proxy botnet, “likely the world's largest botnet ever” affecting 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 …
Sergiu Gatlan / BleepingComputer:
Mia Sato / The Verge:
Google confirms the authenticity of the 2,500 pages of leaked Search documents filled with details about data the company collects  —  A collection of 2,500 leaked internal documents from Google filled with details about data the company collects is authentic, the company confirmed today.
Sara Fischer / Axios:
The Atlantic and Vox Media sign multi-year licensing and product deals with OpenAI; The Atlantic plans an experimental Atlantic Labs with OpenAI tech  —  - The Atlantic has been publishing content since 1857. … - Both agreements also allow OpenAI to tap into the respective publishers' current content …
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.
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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.
Kyle Wiggers / TechCrunch:
Mistral AI releases 22B-parameter Codestral, its first generative AI model for coding, trained on 80+ programming languages and prohibited for commercial use  —  Mistral, the French AI startup backed by Microsoft and valued at $6 billion, has released its first generative AI model for coding, dubbed Codestral.
Brandon Vigliarolo / The Register:
Colorado governor Jared Polis signs a right-to-repair bill that includes a strong ban on parts pairing and takes effect on January 1, 2026  —  But the repairability war isn't over, says iFixit's Kyle Wiens  —  A right to repair rule just signed into law in Colorado is earning praise …
Mark Gurman / Bloomberg:
Apple is seeking a senior engineer to help build a TV and sports app for Android, a sign the company is bringing its TV+ service to the rival platform  —  - Company is seeking Android engineer to help build new app  — It's rare for Apple to develop software for rival platform
Wesley Yin-Poole / IGN:
A US federal court awards Activision $14.4M in a judgment for its 2022 lawsuit accusing EngineOwning of DMCA violation by selling Call of Duty cheat 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.
Michael Sheetz / CNBC:
Verizon and satellite provider AST SpaceMobile partner to provide space-based broadband service direct to phones; Verizon committed $100M as part of the deal  —  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 …
Larry Dignan / Constellation Research:
Salesforce reports Q1 revenue up 11% YoY to $9.13B, vs. $9.15B est., and forecasts Q2 revenue below expectations; CRM drops 17%+  —  Salesforce's second quarter outlook missed expectations, but the company said it is still early innings for generative AI demand.
Abner Li / 9to5Google:
Google announces the $230 Fitbit Ace LTE, a smartwatch for kids aged 7 and up, with games, messaging, and features for parents like location sharing  —  The Fitbit Ace LTE is Google's newest Wear OS device and meant to encourage kids (ages 7+) to be healthy through games …
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 …
Wall Street Journal:
Sources: Elon Musk and Trump talk many times a month on topics like a government role, action on “voter fraud”, and X; Musk is organizing friends against Biden  —  Donald Trump and Elon Musk have discussed a possible advisory role for the Tesla leader should the presumptive …
Aisha Counts / Bloomberg:
Meta removed hundreds of Facebook accounts linked to influence campaigns from China, Israel, Iran, and others, some of which used AI to generate disinformation  —  Meta, the parent of Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp, has seen threat actors rely on AI to produce fake images, videos and text in an effort to influence users on its sites.
Heather Somerville / Wall Street Journal:
Policymakers and experts: lidar maker Hesai and others listed as Chinese military entities are rebranding and using US-domiciled businesses to evade sanctions  —  Firms tagged as military entities use new names and licensing deals to try to keep their businesses going in U.S.
O'Reilly Media:
Six AI and ML experts detail what they learned from building real-world applications on top of LLMs over the past year, including common prompting pitfalls  —  To hear directly from the authors on this topic, sign up for the upcoming virtual event on June 20th, and learn …
Jeremy B. White / Politico:
California Governor Gavin Newsom warns against perils of over-regulating AI, sending a signal to the state's lawmakers who are advancing dozens of AI bills  —  The Democratic governor of California is a longtime ally of the tech industry.  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Gov. Gavin Newsom warned …
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