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June 21, 2024, 12:15 PM

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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 …
BBC:
London hospitals hackers Qilin publish almost 400GB of data, including sensitive patient info, on their darknet site and on Telegram; the NHS is investigating  —  Experts say the hack is one of the most “significant and harmful” cyber attacks ever in the UK.  —  46 mins ago  —  Technology
Spotify:
Spotify debuts a new Basic streaming plan in the US for $10.99/month, which includes all the benefits of Premium without the monthly audiobook listening time  —  On Spotify, users discover and enjoy music, podcasts, and audiobooks, with various plans that meet our listeners' needs.
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Ivan Mehta / TechCrunch:
Some users complain that Meta is tagging real photos with its “Made with AI label”, possibly because AI tools were used to edit, rather than create, the images  —  Earlier in February, Meta said that it would start labeling photos created with AI tools on its social networks.
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 AccessorySetupKit, a new API that lets third-party accessory makers offer the same quick pairing experience as Apple accessories like the 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.
Jason Koebler / 404 Media:
A look at Congress' absurd plan to ban DJI drones in the US, even as the company adds geofencing restrictions and other features to comply with FAA 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.
Kyle Wiggers / TechCrunch:
Anthropic launches Claude 3.5 Sonnet, which beats its flagship model Claude 3 Opus and outperforms GPT-4o in some tests, available for free on the web and iOS  —  OpenAI rival Anthropic is releasing a powerful new generative AI model called Claude 3.5 Sonnet.  But it's more an incremental step than a monumental leap forward.
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