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June 6, 2024, 10:55 AM

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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
Jason Schreier / Bloomberg:
How Suicide Squad became the biggest video game flop of 2024 so far, including a tumultuous and delayed development; Warner Bros. took a $200M loss on the game  —  After seven years of tumultuous development, Warner Bros. took a $200 million loss on the Rocksteady game
Wes Davis / The Verge:
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 …
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.
Mishaal Rahman / Android Authority:
In a UK compliance statement, Apple revealed that the iPhone 15 Pro Max will receive security updates for a minimum of five years from September 2023  —  Apple will support the latest iPhones for at least five years, less than the seven years guaranteed by Samsung and Google.  —  •  —  TL;DR
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 …
Sergiu Gatlan / BleepingComputer:
The FBI urges LockBit ransomware victims to come forward after obtaining 7,000+ decryption keys to recover data; 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 over 7,000 LockBit decryption keys …
Emma Roth / The Verge:
Google will store Maps Timeline data locally on users' devices instead of their Google account starting December 1, after announcing the change in December 2023  —  Google Maps is changing the way it handles your location data.  Instead of backing up your data to the cloud, Google will soon store it locally on your device.
Manish Singh / TechCrunch:
Amazon acquires key assets of Indian video streaming service MX Player; a source says the deal values the streamer at <$100M, below its $500M valuation in 2019  —  Amazon has agreed to acquire key assets of Indian video streaming service MX Player from the local media powerhouse Times Internet …
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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 …
Bloomberg:
eBay emails customers to say the service will drop American Express cards as a payment option because of “unacceptably high fees”, starting on August 17  —  - Online marketplace calls Amex fees ‘unacceptably high’  — Change to take effect Aug. 17; Amex defends its fees
Jagmeet Singh / TechCrunch:
Google rolls out its Gemini-powered note-taking assistant NotebookLM to 200+ new countries, including Brazil and the UK, and adds Slides and web URLs as sources  —  Google on Thursday said it is rolling out NotebookLM, its AI-powered note-taking assistant, to over 200 new countries …
Jenny Gross / New York Times:
Several London hospitals face major disruptions after a June 3 ransomware attack on Synnovis, which provides blood transfusion and other services to the NHS  —  A system used by several major London hospitals was targeted in a ransomware cyberattack, forcing the cancellation of services and the diversion of patients.
Kyle Wiggers / TechCrunch:
Stability AI releases Stable Audio Open, a text-to-audio model that generates up to 47 seconds of samples and sound effects, prohibited for commercial use  —  Stability AI, the startup behind the AI-powered art generator Stable Diffusion, has released an open AI model for generating sounds …
Ben Thompson / Stratechery:
Q&A with AMD CEO Lisa Su on lessons from IBM, working with TSMC, the AMD turnaround, AI, competing with Nvidia, the gaming and PC markets, Zen chips, and more  —  This week's Stratechery Interview is with AMD CEO Lisa Su.  Su began her career at Texas Instruments, after earning her PhD …

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