July 10, 2024, 2:25 AM

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Akshat Rathi / Bloomberg:
Google says it has stopped purchasing carbon offsets and is no longer maintaining operational carbon neutrality, but still aims to reach net-zero carbon by 2030  —  The tech giant, which has seen its planet-warming emissions rise because of artificial intelligence, has stopped buying cheap offsets behind the neutrality claim.
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Tom Warren / The Verge:
Microsoft hikes the price of Xbox Game Pass Ultimate by $3 to $19.99/month for new subscribers and plans a Standard tier for $14.99/month without day-one titles  —  Microsoft is planning to hike its Xbox Game Pass Ultimate pricing again in September, alongside launching a new “standard” …
Kate Clark / The Information:
Source: a16z has secured thousands of AI chips, including Nvidia H100 GPUs, and is renting them to portfolio companies, with the aim of expanding to 20K+ GPUs  —  Andreessen Horowitz, one of the most active venture capital investors in generative artificial intelligence …
Michael Kan / PCMag:
The US DOJ and its partners seized two domain names and 968 accounts on X used by Russian actors to create an AI-enhanced bot farm that spread disinformation  —  Russian media outlet RT ran the bot farm to pump out disinformation via 968 Twitter accounts, the US Justice Department says.
Harshita Mary Varghese / Reuters:
IDC: global shipments of PCs reached 64.9M units in Q2 2024, up 3% YoY; Apple's shipments rose 20.8% YoY, the biggest jump among global PC makers  —  Global shipments of personal computers rose by 3% in the second quarter, helped by demand for AI-capable devices, with Apple (AAPL.O) …
Rashi Shrivastava / Forbes:
Skild AI, which is developing a foundational model for robotics, raised a $300M Series A at a $1.5B valuation led by Lightspeed, SoftBank, Coatue, Jeff Bezos  —  Skild AI has raised $300 million to continue building its plug-and-play robotic intelligence with the hope of enabling companies to integrate it into robots of all kinds.
Carly Page / TechCrunch:
Filing: Evolve Bank & Trust says that the personal data of at least 7.6M people was accessed during a February 2024 ransomware attack by LockBit  —  U.S.-based banking-as-a-service giant Evolve Bank & Trust said that cybercriminals accessed the personal data of millions of customers during a recent cyberattack.
Maxwell Zeff / TechCrunch:
Anthropic now lets developers use Claude 3.5 Sonnet to generate, test, and evaluate their prompts, and adds new features, like generating automatic test cases  —  Prompt engineering became a hot job last year in the AI industry, but it seems Anthropic is now developing tools to at least partially automate it.
Anissa Gardizy / The Information:
Sources: xAI ends talks with Oracle to expand an existing arrangement to rent Nvidia chips; source: Oracle is not part of xAI's supercomputer project in Memphis  —  Larry Ellison may be a friend and backer of Elon Musk, but even the Oracle executive chair isn't immune from Musk's impatience.
Jagmeet Singh / TechCrunch:
Google begins rolling out speedometers in Google Maps for iOS and CarPlay globally, more than five years after adding the features to the Android app  —  Google Maps has introduced speedometer and speed limits on iOS and CarPlay — more than five years after their debut on Android …
Grace Kay / Business Insider:
Current and former Tesla staff: self-driving data annotation staff were told to prioritize analyzing car data of VIP drivers, like Elon Musk and YouTube stars  —  An curved arrow pointing right.  — Tesla gives special treatment to data from VIPs, including Elon Musk, when training its self-driving AI.
Kamila Wojciechowska / Android Authority:
Source: the Google Pixel Watch 3 will come in 41mm and 45mm sizes, have smaller 4.5mm bezels, a brighter 2,000-nit display, and ultra-wideband support  —  The new Pixel Watch will finally fix some of the series' oldest problems.  —  •  —  The Google Pixel Watch 2 was a massive upgrade …
Matthew Connatser / The Register:
A US judge dismisses more claims in a lawsuit brought by devs, who allege GitHub Copilot unlawfully copied their code; of 22 original claims, only two remain  —  A few devs versus the powerful forces of Redmond - who did you think was going to win?  —  Claims by developers that GitHub Copilot …

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