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June 6, 2024, 2:50 PM

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Zac Bowden / Windows Central:
After Microsoft eroded Windows users' trust with bad practices for years, Recall is a PR disaster, as users remain skeptical despite the company's assurances  —  The world is up-in-arms over Windows Recall, but why?  It stems from Microsoft's seeming lack of care for Windows and its users.
David McCabe / New York Times:
Sources: the US DOJ will take the lead in investigating whether Nvidia has violated antitrust laws; the US FTC will lead the inquiries into OpenAI and Microsoft  —  The Justice Department and the Federal Trade Commission agreed to divide responsibility for investigating three major players in the artificial intelligence industry.
Wall Street Journal:
Source and documents: the US FTC sent civil subpoenas to Microsoft and Inflection AI seeking information about how and why they negotiated their partnership  —  Commission has sent subpoenas to tech giant and startup, asking whether their partnership evaded required government review
Financial Times:
New York Times:
Sources: as the Ai Pin flopped, with just ~10K orders by early April, Humane started talking to HP about selling itself for $1B+; Humane has raised $240M  —  Days before gadget reviewers weighed in on the Humane Ai Pin, a futuristic wearable device powered by artificial intelligence …
Aaron Tilley / Wall Street Journal:
Sources detail how Apple fell behind in the AI race: its AI team failing to collaborate with product teams, a lack of access to computing resources, and more  —  For those who saw them, the demonstrations inside Apple increase earlier this decade of a revamped Siri offered a showcase …
Amanda Silberling / TechCrunch:
Cara, an artist-run, anti-AI social platform, grew from 40K to 650K users in the past week, as some Instagram artists leave over plans to train AI on user data  —  ‘Building a product is a bit like making art,’ said founder Jingna Zhang  —  Artists have finally had enough with Meta's predatory AI policies …
Jason Schreier / Bloomberg:
How Suicide Squad became the biggest video game flop of 2024 so far, including a tumultuous development and delayed release; WBD took a $200M loss on the game  —  After seven years of tumultuous development, Warner Bros. took a $200 million loss on the Rocksteady game
Sergiu Gatlan / BleepingComputer:
The FBI urges LockBit ransomware victims to reach out after getting 7,000+ decryption keys to recover data for free; police seized 2,500+ keys in February 2024  —  The FBI urges past victims of LockBit ransomware attacks to come forward after revealing that it has obtained …
Caitlin Ostroff / Wall Street Journal:
Bloomberg:
eBay emails customers to say the service will drop American Express cards as a payment option because of “unacceptably high” transaction fees, from August 17  —  - Online marketplace calls Amex fees ‘unacceptably high’  — Change to take effect Aug. 17; Amex defends its fees
David Pierce / The Verge:
Carl Pei says smartphones will be the main AI form factor of the future, but the UX needs to be redefined, and Phone (3) will be Nothing's first true AI phone  —  Nothing CEO Carl Pei just published a video in which he makes two big claims: that smartphones are in fact the AI gadget of the future …
Kif Leswing / CNBC:
Nvidia hit a $3T+ market cap on June 5, rising over 5% and passing Apple at $2.99T as the second most valuable public US company, behind Microsoft at $3.15T  —  Nvidia passed Apple in market cap on Wednesday as investors continue betting on the chipmaker behind the artificial intelligence boom.
Kyle Wiggers / TechCrunch:
Mistral introduces AI model customization options, including an SDK for fine-tuning its models on workstations, servers, and small data center nodes  —  French AI startup Mistral is introducing new AI model customization options, including paid plans, to let developers and enterprises fine-tune …
Jess Weatherbed / The Verge:
Discord adds new monetization features for developers and plans to halve the 30% platform fee to 15% for their first $1M in cumulative gross sales  —  Discord is introducing new tools and monetization features that aim to make it easier for app developers to make money by selling premium perks via storefronts on the platform.
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