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July 10, 2024, 5:55 PM

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Financial Times:
Source: Apple is not taking an OpenAI board observer role, as AI antitrust scrutiny mounts; OpenAI plans to host regular meetings with investors and partners  —  ChatGPT maker plans strategy to engage crucial partners as regulatory scrutiny of sector increases
Ina Fried / Axios:
Microsoft gives up an observer seat on OpenAI's board, citing the new board's “significant progress” and saying the company is “confident” in OpenAI's direction  —  - “We appreciate the support shown by OpenAI leadership and the OpenAI board as we made this decision,” Microsoft said.
Foo Yun Chee / Reuters:
Ben Schoon / 9to5Google:
Samsung debuts the Galaxy Z Fold6, with a wider 22.1:9 display, up to 2,600 nits of brightness, a thinner frame, IP48, and seven years of updates, for $1,899  —  At an Unpacked event today in Paris, Samsung has officially unveiled its latest book-style foldable, the Galaxy Z Fold 6.
Ben Schoon / 9to5Google:
Samsung unveils the Galaxy Z Flip6 with 3.4" and 6.7" displays, a 50MP camera, a larger 4,000 mAh battery, and a Snapdragon 8 Gen 3, for $1,099+ from July 24  —  With its new Galaxy Z Flip 6, Samsung is addressing one of the biggest problems with its foldable flip phone, but in what is otherwise a fairly minor upgrade.
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Chance Miller / 9to5Mac:
Apple and Google expand on their data portability initiative to allow users of Google Photos to transfer their collections directly to iCloud Photos  —  Apple and Google have teamed up to introduce a new data portability tool that lets users transfer their Google Photos collections straight to iCloud Photos.
Dan Goodin / Ars Technica:
Researchers detail the Blast-RADIUS MD5-based vulnerability affecting RADIUS, a widely used network access authentication protocol first developed in 1991  —  Ubiquitous RADIUS scheme uses homegrown authentication based on MD5.  Yup, you heard right.  —  One of the most widely used network protocols …
Ryan Gould / Bloomberg:
Sources: Alphabet shelves efforts to acquire HubSpot after the sides failed to reach the point of detailed discussions around due diligence; HUBS plunges 10%+  —  - Parties didn't get to due-diligence stage in deal talks  — An acquisition would have been among the biggest this year
Akshat Rathi / Bloomberg:
Environmental report: Google stops buying carbon offsets and no longer maintains operational carbon neutrality, but still aims to hit net-zero emissions 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.
New York Times:
Wired:
Elliptic finds a Cambodian online market offering the crypto scam industry products and services, including money laundering and victim data, with $11B in sales  —  Deepfake scam services.  Victim data.  Electrified shackles for human trafficking.  Crypto tracing firm Elliptic found …
Financial Times:
Index Ventures, an early investor in Mistral and Cohere, closed $2.3B to chase AI breakthroughs and says that 50%+ of its recent investments have been in AI  —  Venture capital firm has poured more than half of its recent investments into artificial intelligence
Brody Ford / Bloomberg:
Intuit plans to cut 10% of its global workforce, or ~1,800 employees, and rehire the same number, primarily in its engineering, product, and sales divisions  —  - Move affects 1,800 people; company will re-hire in other areas  — About 1,050 of the employees were dismissed due to performance
Bloomberg:
Source: Apple aims to ship 90M+ iPhone 16 series devices in 2024, after shipping about 81M iPhone 15s in H2 2023, as it counts on AI services to boost demand  —  - It's counting on AI features to fuel demand for the iPhone 16  — China's AI regulations could create uncertainties for Apple
Wes Davis / The Verge:
Google now lets its users set up Advanced Protection Program with a single passkey, using Android or iOS biometric authentication, instead of two physical keys  —  Google has made it a little easier for those at more risk of targeted online attacks to enroll in its Advanced Protection Program for Google accounts.
Evan Gorelick / Bloomberg:
OpenAI and Los Alamos National Laboratory announce a partnership to evaluate how multimodal AI models can be used safely by scientists in laboratory settings  —  - Study will look at risks, rewards of using AI for research  — AI startup has made several recent health and biotech deals
Valida Pau / Bloomberg:
Earned Wealth, which offers wealth management services to medical professionals, raises $200M, and says it has 3,000+ clients and $2B of assets under management  —  - Earned Wealth offers financial advice for doctors online  — It aims to acquire similar companies with a focus on doctors
Chris Welch / The Verge:
Samsung unveils $250 Galaxy Buds3 Pro and $180 Galaxy Buds3, with ANC and switching to an AirPods-like stemmed design and case, available on July 24  —  Alongside its latest folding phones and wearables, Samsung is introducing the new Galaxy Buds 3 Pro and Galaxy Buds 3.
Victoria Song / The Verge:
Samsung Galaxy Ring hands-on: the $400 ring has a titanium frame, optical heart rate and skin temperature sensors, feels slimmer than the Oura Ring, and more  —  The hardware is solid.  The ideas are intriguing.  So long as it holds up in testing, Samsung could have a winner.
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