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May 30, 2024, 1:50 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 …
Kylie Robison / The Verge:
Anthropic releases “tool use” for Claude, letting users create AI assistants, available via Anthropic's Messages API, Amazon Bedrock, and Google's Vertex AI  —  Anthropic is releasing a new feature for its AI chatbot Claude that will let anyone create an email assistant …
Dan Goodin / Ars Technica:
Lumen details how malware bricked 600K+ routers connected to an autonomous system number belonging to a US ISP in October 2023; the ISP seems to be Windstream  —  An unknown threat actor with equally unknown motives forces ISP to replace routers.  —  One day last October …
Gerrit De Vynck / Washington Post:
OpenAI disrupted five influence operations in the past three months that accessed its products to covertly manipulate public opinion or shape political outcomes  —  Covert propagandists have already begun using generative artificial intelligence to boost their influence operations.
Bloomberg:
Source: Elon Musk and Donald Trump are discussing crypto policy, as Trump increasingly highlights bitcoin and other digital assets as a way to reach new voters  —  - Trump campaign discusses having Musk speak at convention  — Billionaires talk about Musk business interests, including EVs
Jess Weatherbed / The Verge:
Google rolls out new features to Android, including editing sent messages in Google Messages, improvements to instant hotspot, a Google Home widget, and more  —  Google is releasing seven new updates and features to make Android devices and services more useful.
Sean Hollister / The Verge:
Modular laptop maker Framework unveils a $269 drop-in 120Hz display, improved $39 webcam, and swappable mainboard to add Intel Core Ultra chips to its laptops  —  I know, I absolutely stuffed this story's headline — but I'm just so excited to see the future of modular computing unfolding before my eyes.
Jennifer Pattison Tuohy / The Verge:
Hands-on with Fire TV's Alexa voice search, rolling out now: powered by a custom LLM to be more conversational, but the suggestions are largely disappointing  —  Navigating the sheer volume of streaming content available today can be a full-time job.  Recommendations from friends, blog posts …
Kyle Wiggers / TechCrunch:
On X, Paul Graham says claims about YC firing Sam Altman are “not true”, and Altman left because he wanted to work full-time on OpenAI as its CEO  —  In a series of posts on X on Thursday, Paul Graham, the co-founder of startup accelerator Y Combinator, brushed off claims …
Katie Paul / Reuters:
Google and Magic Leap partner to build immersive experiences that blend the physical and digital worlds, but offer few details; Google is a Magic Leap investor  —  Alphabet's (GOOGL.O) Google and augmented reality startup Magic Leap are forming a strategic technology partnership and working …
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.
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.
Hope King / Axios:
Amazon expands its Grubhub partnership 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.
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.
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 …
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 …
The Information:
Sources: the US is probing whether chip-equipment maker Ronda Korea has been selling parts using tech made by US' Lam Research to sanctioned Chinese companies  —  The U.S. Commerce Department is probing whether a South Korean maker of parts for machines that produce semiconductors has been selling …

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