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June 13, 2024, 2:20 PM

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ProPublica:
Ex-employee Andrew Harris says Microsoft for years dismissed his warnings of an Active Directory flaw that led to the 2021 SolarWinds hack; Harris left in 2020  —  Microsoft hired Andrew Harris for his extraordinary skill in keeping hackers out of the nation's most sensitive computer networks.
Mark Gurman / Bloomberg:
Sources: Apple isn't paying OpenAI to add ChatGPT into its OSes and aims to eventually make money from AI by striking revenue-sharing deals with chatbot makers  —  - The iPhone maker isn't paying OpenAI to use the chatbot  — Apple announced OpenAI agreement as part of AI push this week
Aernout van de Velde / Wccftech:
After a major leak of unannounced games, Epic releases an update “so third-party tools can't surface any new unpublished product titles” from its Games Store  —  [Update] After publishing our story, we received a statement from Epic on this matter (via an Epic PR agency):
Abner Li / 9to5Google:
Long-time Android Engineering VP Dave Burke steps down to explore “AI/bio” projects at Alphabet; sources say the Platforms & Devices team is undergoing a reorg  —  Back in April, Google announced a merger of the Platforms & Ecosystems and Devices & Services divisions.
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Sony rolls out an update to Discord on the PS5 that integrates the app into the console's dashboard and lets users join voice calls directly, starting in Asia  —  Sony is improving its Discord integration on the PS5 so that you can join voice calls directly from the console.
Financial Times:
OpenAI has expanded its global affairs team from three at the start of 2023 to 35 now, stationed strategically in locations where AI legislation is advanced  —  ChatGPT maker beefs up global affairs unit as politicians push for new laws that could constrain powerful AI models
The Information:
Jagmeet Singh / TechCrunch:
WhatsApp increases the limit for video call participants to 32 people, enhances screen sharing by adding audio support, and introduces a speaker spotlight tool  —  WhatsApp updated the video calling experience across devices on Thursday by introducing screen sharing with audio support, and a new speaker spotlight feature.
Sharon Goldman / Fortune:
Sources detail Amazon's struggles to build a new generative AI-powered Alexa, including privacy concerns keeping Alexa's teams from using Anthropic's Claude  —  “Alexa, let's chat.”  —  With that phrase, David Limp, at the time Amazon's head of devices and services, showed off …
Keith Bradsher / New York Times:
How China is testing more driverless cars than any other country, with 16+ cities letting 19+ companies test vehicles on public roads, aided by government help  —  Assisted driving systems and robot taxis are becoming more popular with government help, as cities designate large areas for testing on public roads.
Reuters:
Samsung cuts AI chip production time by ~20% after integrating memory chip, foundry, and chip packaging, and expects chip industry revenue to hit $778B by 2028  —  Samsung Electronics (005930.KS) said its contract manufacturing business plans to offer a one-stop shop for clients to get their AI chips …
Kylie Robison / The Verge:
Sources: at an all-hands, X CEO Linda Yaccarino urged staff to discuss xAI's Grok with advertisers and said little about the recently delayed promotions process  —  During an internal all-hands meeting led by X CEO Linda Yaccarino on Wednesday, concerned employees tuned in to hear …
More: The Register and Benzinga
Threads: @quillmatiqX: @alexeheath, @trevorspoke, and @tomorrownookForums: Hacker News
Anthony Capaccio / Bloomberg:
The Pentagon renews a contract with SpaceX to provide Starlink internet services in Ukraine until November 30 at a cost of $14.1M  —  - Contract with Musk firm tops $40 million, runs through Nov. 30  — Relations with Pentagon have improved since 2022 Ukraine spat
Samuel K. Moore / IEEE Spectrum:
MLCommons shares MLPerf Training 4.0 benchmark results, after adding Google's and Intel's AI accelerators; a system with Nvidia H100 GPUs topped all nine tests  —  For years, Nvidia has dominated many machine learning benchmarks, and now there are two more notches in its belt.
Kyodo News:
Japan passes a law that prohibits Apple and Google from preventing the sale of third-party apps and services that compete with native iOS and Android offerings  —  Japan's parliament enacted Wednesday a law to promote competition in smartphone app stores by restricting tech giants Apple Inc …
Victoria Song / The Verge:
Samsung unveils the $199+ Galaxy Watch FE in a single 40mm size with a 1.2" OLED display, Exynos W920 chip, NFC, GPS, and 16GB of storage, on sale from June 24  —  Samsung just announced it's launching a third smartwatch, the Galaxy Watch FE.  It's meant to be the company's new entry-level smartwatch …

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