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June 21, 2024, 10:10 AM

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Alexandra Alper / Reuters:
The US' restrictions on Kaspersky will stop US sales of its antivirus tool from July 20 and bar software updates and resales for US customers from September 29  —  The Biden administration on Thursday announced plans to bar the sale of antivirus software made by Russia's Kaspersky Lab in the United States …
Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai / TechCrunch:
The Commerce Department bans Kaspersky antivirus sales in the US, saying Kaspersky threatens national security and users' privacy because it is based in Russia  —  The U.S. government announced on Thursday that it is banning the sale of Kaspersky antivirus in the country …
Joe Tidy / BBC:
Qilin, the hackers who claim to be behind the London hospitals hack, publish ~400GB of patient data on their darknet site and Telegram; the NHS is investigating  —  A gang of cyber criminals causing huge disruption to multiple London hospitals has published sensitive data stolen from an NHS blood testing company.
David Shepardson / Reuters:
In a filing, ByteDance urged a US court to strike down a law that could ban TikTok in the US, recounting lengthy talks that it says the US ended in August 2022  —  TikTok and Chinese parent ByteDance on Thursday urged a U.S. court to strike down a law they say will ban the popular short video app …
Michael Sheetz / CNBC:
SpaceX unveils Starlink Mini, a compact version of its satellite internet antenna “that can easily fit in a backpack”, offering a “limited number” for $599 each  —  SpaceX is rolling out a compact version of its Starlink antennas, which the company is advertising …
Filipe Espósito / 9to5Mac:
iOS 18 brings a new API called AccessorySetupKit, letting third-party accessory makers build the same quick pairing experience as Apple accessories like AirPods  —  When Apple introduced AirPods in 2016, the company also unveiled a new, easy and intuitive way to pair wireless accessories to iPhone and iPad.
Lauren Feiner / The Verge:
NY's governor signs two bills to protect minors, banning “addictive feeds”, limiting data collection, barring social media notifications from 12am to 6am, more  —  New York Governor Kathy Hochul (D) signed two bills into law on Thursday that aim to protect kids and teens from social media harms …
Jason Koebler / 404 Media:
A look at Congress' absurd plan to ban DJI drones in the US, even as the company adds restrictions and features to comply with US government regulations  —  Last week, the U.S. House of Representatives jammed a functional ban on DJI drones, called the “Countering CCP Drones Act” into a military funding bill that it then passed.
Carl Franzen / VentureBeat:
Claude 3.5 Sonnet appears to be a tremendous leap for Anthropic and LLMs generally, and shows that AI model makers' performance gains are not slowing down  —  A new large language model (LLM) has apparently taken the performance crown from OpenAI's GPT-4o about a month after its release …
Kyle Wiggers / TechCrunch:
Kyle Wiggers / TechCrunch:
AI-powered language-learning app Speak raised a $20M Series B extension led by Buckley, bringing its total funding to $84M and doubling its valuation to $500M  —  AI-powered language learning app Speak is on a tear.  —  Since launching in its inaugural market of South Korea in 2019 …

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