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February 26, 2024

7:45 PM  •
Reuters:  Sources: the BlackCat ransomware gang is behind the outage at UnitedHealth's technology unit that has disrupted services at pharmacies in the US for six days
6:55 PM  •
Ryan Gallagher / Bloomberg:  The US adds networking equipment company Sandvine to its entity list, banning it from obtaining US tech, for supplying Egypt with equipment used for censorship
6:50 PM  •
Katrina Manson / Bloomberg:  The CTO for US Central Command says AI developed for Project Maven was used to narrow down targets for 85+ air strikes in the Middle East on February 2
6:35 PM  •
Todd Bishop / GeekWire:  Expedia plans to cut about 1,500 roles this year, mainly in its Product & Technology division; the company had 17,100 employees at the end of 2023
6:20 PM  •
Bloomberg:  Sources: Shein is in the early stages of exploring a London IPO, as it has judged unlikely that the SEC will approve its IPO in the US
6:05 PM  •
Randy Thanthong-Knight / Bloomberg:  Canada introduces the Online Harms Act, which aims to hold platforms responsible for reducing exposure to damaging content and create a digital safety regulator
5:17 PM  •
Emily Bary / MarketWatch:  Unity reports Q4 revenue up 35% YoY to $609M, vs. $551M est., but down 2% YoY to $510M excluding a Wētā FX deal, Q1 sales guidance far below est.; U drops 15%+
4:43 PM  •
Brody Ford / Bloomberg:  Zoom reports Q4 revenue of $1.15B, up 2.6% YoY, vs. $1.13B est., Enterprise revenue of $667M, up 4.9% YoY, and announces a $1.5B stock buyback; ZM jumps 10%+
4:30 PM  •
Ben Thompson / Stratechery:  While Google paused Gemini's image generation, its text generation tool also offers some absurd responses, highlighting the need for flourishing open source AI
4:05 PM  •
Bill Toulas / BleepingComputer:  Researchers detail a spam campaign using hijacked abandoned domains and subdomains from reputable brands like eBay and VMware to send ~5M malicious emails daily
2:55 PM  •
Bloomberg:  During oral arguments, justices seemed reluctant to completely strike down Texas and Florida social media laws but worried about impacts to companies' 1A rights
1:40 PM  •
The Economic Times:  Q&A with Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi about the Indian market, competition, achieving profitability, regrets about selling UberEats in India, regulations, more
12:08 PM  •
Washington Post:  A roundup of oral arguments made in the Supreme Court for a pair of cases involving Florida and Texas social media laws that impose strict limits on moderation
12:00 PM  •
Tatum Hunter / Washington Post:  How AI is changing the adult entertainment industry, raising concerns about performers' compensation and rights to their likeness, abuse prevention, and more
11:17 AM  •
Krystal Hu / Reuters:  South Korea's SK Telecom partners with Perplexity to access its proprietary models and to offer Perplexity's paid version of its AI-based search engine for free
10:50 AM  •
Javier Espinoza / Financial Times:  The EU is asking developers about the impact of Apple's decision to disable PWAs in the EU, seen as a precursor to a formal investigation into the company
10:45 AM  •
Ben Schoon / 9to5Google:  OnePlus debuts the 1.43" OnePlus Watch 2, its first Wear OS watch, featuring the Snapdragon W5 and a claimed 100-hour battery life, starting at $299
10:30 AM  •
Victoria Song / The Verge:  Google announces new Wear OS updates, including revamping notifications to improve battery life, Google Maps public transit directions, and Google Wallet passes
10:25 AM  •
Romain Dillet / TechCrunch:  Mistral AI releases Mistral Large, a cheaper GPT-4 rival that supports 32K-token context windows, and Le Chat, a ChatGPT-like chat assistant in public beta
10:15 AM  •
TechCrunch:  Paytm Payments Bank reconstitutes its board, as part of which founder Vijay Shekhar Sharma, who owns a 51% stake in the Paytm unit, steps down
9:55 AM  •
Sam Schechner / Wall Street Journal:  A profile of nine-month-old Mistral AI, which wants to be the “most capital-efficient company in the world of AI”, has raised $500M+, and is valued at $2B+
9:25 AM  •
Madhumita Murgia / Financial Times:  Microsoft takes a minor stake in Mistral AI and plans to help bring the French startup's AI models to market, as regulators probe Microsoft's OpenAI alliance
9:15 AM  •
Samrhitha Arunasalam / Reuters:  Broadcom sells its end-user computing unit to KKR in a deal valued at ~$4B, as part of its efforts to simplify its business after acquiring VMware in 2023
9:05 AM  •
Yogita Khatri / The Block:  Avail, a modular blockchain project spun out of Polygon in 2023 to streamline the rollup experience, raised a $27M seed co-led by Founders Fund and Dragonfly
8:40 AM  •
Neil Long / Mobilegamer.biz:  Sources detail their concerns with Apple Arcade: declining developer payouts, cancelled projects, a shift to only greenlighting family-friendly games, and more
8:20 AM  •
Tom Gerken / BBC:  Meta outlines its strategy to combat generative AI misuse ahead of the European elections in June 2024, including setting up an EU-specific operations center
8:00 AM  •
Jon Porter / The Verge:  Lenovo demos its ThinkBook Transparent Display Laptop concept, which comes with a 17.3-inch MicroLED panel and a base designed to work as a drawing tablet
6:00 AM  •
Amy Feldman / Forbes:  Munich-based RobCo, which makes low-cost and modular robots that suit smaller factories, raised a $42.5M Series B led by Lightspeed Venture Partners
5:35 AM  •
Sankalp Phartiyal / Bloomberg:  Sources: Indian government is evaluating $21B of chip proposals, including a $9B from Tower Semiconductor and an $8B from Tata Group for new plants in Gujarat
5:20 AM  •
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:  Nvidia unveils the RTX 500 and RTX 1000, its new laptop GPUs for on-the-go AI processing powered by its Ada Lovelace architecture, available in Spring 2024
5:15 AM  •
Cheyenne MacDonald / Engadget:  Google unveils new Android features: Gemini integrated in Messages, AI-powered text summaries in Android Auto, AI-generated image captions in Lookout, and more
5:10 AM  •
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:  Qualcomm unveils AI Hub, a library of 75+ pre-optimized AI models, the X80 5G modem, and FastConnect 7900, a chip that integrates Wi-Fi 7, Bluetooth, and UWB
5:02 AM  •
Steve Dent / Engadget:  Samsung unveils the Galaxy Ring at MWC 2024; the device will be centered around health and wellness, come in three colors, and be available later in 2024
1:20 AM  •
Sidhartha Shukla / Bloomberg:  PeckShield warns that MicroStrategy's X account has been compromised; ZachXBT: the hacker stole about $440K from users that were scammed by the phishing post

February 25, 2024

9:20 PM  •
Liz Hoffman / Semafor:  Q&A with Robinhood CEO Vlad Tenev about the meme-stock craze, launching in the UK and EU, becoming customers' primary financial institution, and more
8:00 PM  •
Alex Seitz-Wald / NBC News:  A consultant working for Rep. Dean Phillips, who challenged Biden in NH's primary, admits to producing the deepfake robocalls, saying anyone can do it for $500
3:25 PM  •
Clothilde Goujard / Politico:  A year after EU governments moved to restrict TikTok over security concerns, politicians are flocking to the app to attract the youth vote in upcoming elections
12:35 PM  •
Allison Johnson / The Verge:  Xiaomi launches Xiaomi 14 Ultra with a 6.73" LTPO 120Hz display, Snapdragon 8 Gen 3, and 50MP camera with a 1-inch-type Sony LYT-900 sensor, starting at €1,499
11:15 AM  •
Jon Porter / The Verge:  Honor announces global availability of Magic 6 Pro with a 6.8" 120Hz OLED display, Snapdragon 8 Gen 3, and 5,600mAh battery, set to retail for €1,299 in Europe
10:30 AM  •
Mark Gurman / Bloomberg:  Sources: Apple has considered a fitness ring, smart glasses, and adding cameras and more advanced AI to AirPods, but is not actively developing these devices
7:05 AM  •
Kif Leswing / CNBC:  Omdia estimates that the bill of materials for Apple Vision Pro is $1,542, with both of the 1.25-inch Micro OLED displays from Sony costing about $228 each
2:00 AM  •
Lauren Feiner / The Verge:  A preview of the NetChoice cases to be argued at SCOTUS on February 26, about the constitutionality of Texas and Florida laws regulating social media content
1:35 AM  •
RT Watson / The Block:  Research: the all-time, total amount invested in crypto and blockchain-related companies crosses $90B, with ~$1.3B invested across 230+ deals so far in 2024
12:20 AM  •
Jon Porter / The Verge:  What to expect at MWC 2024: smartphone launches from Xiaomi and others, OnePlus Watch 2, Brain.ai's “app-less phone” and other experimental concepts, and more

February 24, 2024

11:30 PM  •
Reuters:  Japan plans to give up to $4.86B more in subsidies to help TSMC build a second chip fabrication plant in Kumamoto
11:10 PM  •
Mary Ann Azevedo / TechCrunch:  PermitFlow, which develops end-to-end workflow and automation software for construction permitting, raised a $31M Series A led by Kleiner Perkins
10:45 PM  •
David Jeans / Forbes:  In a letter to Elon Musk, Rep. Mike Gallagher says SpaceX may be in breach of DOD contracts after sources say Starshield is inactive around Taiwan for US troops
6:55 PM  •
Jordan Novet / CNBC:  Filing: Google said Microsoft offered to sell Bing to Apple in 2018, but Eddy Cue said Microsoft had search quality issues and was investing less than Google
5:20 PM  •
Milana Vinn / Reuters:  Sources: Broadcom is nearing a $3.8B deal to sell its end-user computing unit to private equity firm KKR
4:25 PM  •
Dave Lee / Bloomberg:  Reddit's S-1 shows how dependent the site is on the unpaid labor of 60K active daily moderators and the whims of its users and subreddits like r/WallStreetBets
2:35 PM  •
Financial Times:  How tensions between past and present leaders of Sequoia, which had a reputation for quiet competence, have spilled into the open with the Klarna boardroom spat
1:05 PM  •
Elizabeth Lopatto / The Verge:  Many redditors say they are not enthusiastic about Reddit's IPO and expect CEO Steve Huffman to run the site into the ground while trying to make it profitable
11:25 AM  •
Paresh Dave / Wired:  In Reddit's S-1, Steve Huffman offers a look at the site's beginnings without naming co-founder Alexis Ohanian, reflecting their schism during the BLM protests
10:10 AM  •
Dietrich Knauth / Reuters:  FTX agrees to sell FTX Europe back to its founders for $32.7M, drops a lawsuit seeking back $323M it had spent to acquire the startup originally called DA AG
8:35 AM  •
New York Times:  How some news accounts on Instagram, including Mo News and Jessica Yellin, are gaining popularity even as the platform tries de-emphasizing political content
2:30 AM  •
Counterpoint Research:  Global cumulative shipments of 5G smartphones crossed 2B in less than five years, a faster adoption rate than 3G or 4G; Apple and Samsung together shipped 1B
1:10 AM  •
Nikkei Asia:  TSMC inaugurates its first plant in Kumamoto, Japan, paving the way to make smartphone and auto-related chips for Sony and Renesas by the end of 2024
12:50 AM  •
Lauren Feiner / The Verge:  The US FTC claims in an administrative complaint that H&R Block steered customers to higher-cost online tax filing products and made them difficult to downgrade
12:25 AM  •
Yasemin Craggs Mersinoglu / Financial Times:  In a first, the UK ICO orders the leisure center operator Serco to stop using facial recognition and fingerprint scanning to monitor attendance and pay workers
12:15 AM  •
The Information:  Sources: some US lawmakers are pushing for an import ban on goods sold on Temu, saying the company hasn't done enough to stop suppliers from using forced labor

February 23, 2024

11:35 PM  •
Priya Anand / Bloomberg:  New York City-based Fabric, which uses AI to automate clinical and administrative work in health care, raised a $60M Series A led by General Catalyst
10:10 PM  •
Chris Welch / The Verge:  Three years after Spotify's original announcement that it would launch a higher-quality audio subscription, the company has yet to roll out the feature
8:45 PM  •
Jennifer Pattison Tuohy / The Verge:  Ring stops selling the Ring Car Cam, its first car dashboard camera, blaming “ongoing delays”, after launching the product in January 2023
8:35 PM  •
Reuters:  The US DOE says it will suspend its mandatory survey of energy use by crypto miners, following a lawsuit by bitcoin miner Riot Platforms and an industry group
6:30 PM  •
Amanda Silberling / TechCrunch:  Automattic CEO Matt Mullenweg sparred with a trans Tumblr user over an account ban, revealing her side blog names, which are private, sparking community outcry
5:15 PM  •
Filipe Espósito / 9to5Mac:  X starts rolling out audio and video calling to all users, after previously limiting the feature to Premium subscribers; users can disable calling in settings
5:05 PM  •
Bloomberg:  Sources: Jeff Bezos is investing $100M, Microsoft is investing $95M, and Nvidia $50M in humanoid robot startup Figure's ~$675M funding round at a ~$2B valuation
4:30 PM  •
Theodore Schleifer / Puck:  A look at Marc Andreessen and a16z's political efforts, including starting the Keep Startups in America PAC and giving millions to a pro-crypto dark money group
3:45 PM  •
Ivan Mehta / TechCrunch:  The Browser Company's Arc launches a “pinch-to-summarize” AI feature in its Arc Search app that puts a webpage's main points into a neatly formatted summary
3:25 PM  •
Ionut Ilascu / BleepingComputer:  Chainalysis: there were more than 2,200 bitcoins, worth $110M+ at today's prices, in LockBit's 500+ active blockchain addresses identified by law enforcement
2:50 PM  •
Abner Li / 9to5Google:  Google says poor image tuning and Gemini becoming more cautious than intended made the model “overcompensate in some cases, and be over-conservative in others”
2:30 PM  •
Brian Heater / TechCrunch:  Humane postpones the delivery of its Ai Pin for “priority access” customers from March to “mid-April”, with the remaining preorders arriving “shortly after”
1:30 PM  •
Sarah Scire / Nieman Lab:  Google says there are no plans to remove the News tab on search results pages, after testing temporarily removing the filter for “a small subset of users”
12:35 PM  •
Brendan Farrington / Associated Press:  Florida passes one of the US' most restrictive bills on minors' social media use, despite First Amendment concerns; Governor Ron DeSantis has to sign the bill
11:45 AM  •
Lauren Goode / Wired:  Q&A with Nvidia CEO Jensen Huang about plans for a new type of data center dubbed an “AI factory”, foundational robotics, the Mellanox acquisition, and more
11:05 AM  •
Javier Espinoza / Financial Times:  Booking.com says Spain's antitrust watchdog made a draft decision for a €486M fine over the travel company's alleged anti-competitive practices around pricing
10:50 AM  •
Aditya Soni / Reuters:  Nvidia crossed a $2T market cap intraday on February 23, after adding $277B to its market value on February 22, Wall Street's largest one-day gain on record
9:55 AM  •
Sabrina Ortiz / ZDNet:  Microsoft releases PyRIT, a tool that the company's AI Red Team has been using to more efficiently check for risks in its generative AI systems, such as Copilot
8:55 AM  •
Paresh Dave / Wired:  Yelp says its tests show the design tweaks Google made to its search results to comply with the EU's DMA are unfair and one made users less likely to click away
8:15 AM  •
Manish Singh / TechCrunch:  Prosus, Peak XV, and other Byju's investors vote to remove CEO Byju Raveendran and to reconstitute its board; Byju's questions the legitimacy of their actions
7:35 AM  •
Rachel Graf / Bloomberg:  In a hearing today, Mark Zuckerberg sought to avoid being held personally liable in two dozen lawsuits accusing Meta of addicting children to its products
6:30 AM  •
Bloomberg:  How Japan got a head start in the chips race thanks to factors not easily repeated elsewhere, including efficient government support and a low-cost workforce
4:35 AM  •
Lauren Goode / Wired:  Interviews and emails show that technical interviews have become more punishing for engineers after mass layoffs, requiring days of work on unpaid assignments
2:20 AM  •
Dietrich Knauth / Reuters:  A US judge rules FTX can sell its Anthropic shares after FTX reached a compromise with its clients who opposed the sale; FTX invested $500M in Anthropic in 2021
12:35 AM  •
Wall Street Journal:  Sources: staff warned Meta in 2023 that its Facebook and Instagram subscription tools were being misused by adults profiting from exploiting their own children
12:30 AM  •
New York Times:  An investigation finds thousands of Instagram accounts run by parents posting images of their children, attracting pedophiles who sometimes pay for more content

February 22, 2024

10:25 PM  •
Samuel Bestvater / Pew Research Center:  A survey of 2,745 US adult TikTok users: the top 25% post 98% of public videos, the typical user rarely posts, ~40% say For You videos are interesting, and more
9:15 PM  •
Sean Hollister / The Verge:  Microsoft announces “Generative erase”, which uses generative AI to remove objects and people from images, coming to the Photos app in Windows 10 and Windows 11
8:45 PM  •
Mark Tyson / Tom's Hardware:  Samsung says the Galaxy Book4 series, featuring Intel Core Ultra chips and AMOLED touchscreens, will launch in the US, the UK, and other markets on February 26
8:15 PM  •
ABC News:  AT&T believes the February 22 outage “was caused by the application and execution of an incorrect process as we were expanding our network, not a cyber attack”
7:15 PM  •
Ivan Mehta / TechCrunch:  Meta's Oversight Board extends its scope to include letting Threads users appeal Meta's content moderation using a similar process as for Facebook and Instagram
6:45 PM  •
Jessica Lyons / The Register:  Filing: UnitedHealth says a “suspected nation-state” actor had access to IT provider Change Healthcare's systems, disrupting services at pharmacies in the US
6:20 PM  •
Hannah Lang / Reuters:  Block reports Q4 revenue up 24% YoY to $5.77B, Square profit up 18% YoY, Cash App profit up 25% YoY, and forecasts Q1 adjusted EBITDA above est.; SQ jumps 15%+
5:55 PM  •
The Information:  Nextdoor replaces CEO Sarah Friar with co-founder Nirav Tolia, who served as CEO between 2010 and 2018; sources: the board also discussed selling the startup
4:45 PM  •
Alex Weprin / The Hollywood Reporter:  S-1: Sam Altman has an 8.7% stake in Reddit, making him the third-largest shareholder, behind Advance Magazine Publishers, with 30.1%, and Tencent, with 11%
4:00 PM  •
The Verge:  Reddit plans to give some of its top users, including moderators and those with high karma scores, the chance to buy shares in its IPO
3:36 PM  •
Jonathan Vanian / CNBC:  Reddit files to list its IPO on the NYSE, reporting revenue up 20% YoY to $804M in 2023, net loss down 43% YoY to $90.8M, 73M DAUs, and a $3.42 global ARPU
3:20 PM  •
David Gilbert / Wired:  Gab launched 91 chatbots over the past month, such as AI versions of Hitler and Trump, several of which deny the Holocaust, call climate change a scam, and more
2:25 PM  •
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:  Bluesky opens up federation, letting anyone run their own server that connects to Bluesky's network, which uses the AT Protocol; Mastodon uses ActivityPub
1:50 PM  •
Abner Li / 9to5Google:  Google strikes a deal with Reddit, reportedly for $60M/year, gaining Reddit Data API access to surface more Reddit content in Search and to train its AI models
1:05 PM  •
Sheila Dang / Reuters:  Google plans to integrate Gemini into its Performance Max ad placement tool, helping brands generate longer headlines, after adding Gemini into Google Workspace
12:35 PM  •
Abner Li / 9to5Google:  Google says its Google Pay app GPay and its P2P payment feature will stop working in the US on June 4, 2024, but will remain available in India and Singapore
12:15 PM  •
Jess Weatherbed / The Verge:  Google rolls out its Gemini-powered “Help me write” tool in Chrome for macOS and Windows for English-speaking US users, offering shortform writing suggestions
12:05 PM  •
Ismail Shakil / Reuters:  The US FTC says Avast needs to pay $16.5M and stop selling web browsing data for ads to settle charges that the UK company misrepresented its use of such data
11:20 AM  •
Sara Fischer / Axios:  Substack says 3M+ customers subscribe to paid newsletters on its platform, up from 2M in February 2023, and credits its recommendations feature for the growth
10:35 AM  •
Financial Times:  Sources: Nigeria ordered telecoms to restrict access to the websites of some of the world's largest crypto exchanges, including Binance, Coinbase, and Kraken
9:40 AM  •
Dr Richard Fletcher / Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism:  Analysis: at 2023's end, 48% of the top news websites in the US, the UK, and eight others had blocked OpenAI's crawler and 24% had blocked Google's AI crawler
9:10 AM  •
Sean Michael Kerner / VentureBeat:  Stability AI debuts a preview of Stable Diffusion 3.0, its next-gen flagship text-to-image model, aiming to offer improved image quality and better performance
9:05 AM  •
Bill Toulas / BleepingComputer:  Trend Micro and the UK NCA: LockBit was secretly building LockBit-NG-Dev, a new version of its file encrypting malware, when law enforcement took down the gang
8:50 AM  •
Tom Warren / The Verge:  Sony is testing PC support for its PlayStation VR2 headset, which currently works exclusively with the PS5, and hopes “to make this support available in 2024”
8:15 AM  •
Michael McCarthy / Front Office Sports:  Sources: Amazon paid $120M for exclusive rights to show a 2025 NFL playoff game on Prime Video; NBCU paid $110M for a January 2024 NFL playoff game on Peacock
7:55 AM  •
Abhirup Roy / Reuters:  A California regulator delays Waymo's application to expand robotaxi services to parts of the Los Angeles area and San Francisco's peninsula until June 19, 2024
7:46 AM  •
Bloomberg:  EigenLayer, which facilitates crypto “restaking” to build Ethereum projects via a points system, raised $100M from a16z, after raising $50M in March 2023
7:30 AM  •
Andrew Goudsward / Reuters:  The US DOJ names professor Jonathan Mayer as its first chief AI officer to guide on responsibly integrating AI into DOJ investigations and criminal prosecutions
7:15 AM  •
Andy Mukherjee / Bloomberg:  The Reserve Bank of India's crackdown on Paytm, Visa, and others seems to be a response to fraud, underpinned by proof of identity issues and little competition
6:55 AM  •
Reuters:  AT&T restores cellular service after a 10+ hour outage that started around 4:30AM ET across the US and prompted an investigation by federal agencies
6:45 AM  •
Shivam Patel / Reuters:  X reports taking down accounts and posts following an order by the Indian government, which local media tied to farmers' protests, but disagrees with the action
6:15 AM  •
Bloomberg:  Sources: the Sequoia-Klarna spat stemmed from Klarna co-founders Sebastian Siemiatkowski and Victor Jacobsson, dragging Michael Moritz and Sequoia into the fray
6:00 AM  •
Ben Schoon / 9to5Google:  Samsung plans to roll out One UI 6.1 in “late March” for the Galaxy S23 series, Z Fold 5, Z Flip 5, and Tab 9 series, adding the full Galaxy AI suite and more
5:45 AM  •
Stanley Widianto / Reuters:  Meta says “we understand Meta will not be required to pay for news content that publishers voluntarily post to our platforms” in Indonesia under a new law
5:35 AM  •
Wes Davis / The Verge:  Framework debuts a $499 version of its modular Laptop 13 that uses leftover parts and ships without memory or storage, and starts selling refurbished DDR4 RAM
5:20 AM  •
Jake Rudnitsky / Bloomberg:  Google plans to “pause the image generation of people” via Gemini and “re-release an improved version soon” while working to fix its race inaccuracy “issues”
4:00 AM  •
Financial Times:  How Bristol-based Hargreaves Lansdown became the UK's largest DIY investment platform, with 1.8M clients and £134B in assets, as new rivals weaken its dominance
2:30 AM  •
Bloomberg:  A profile of NetChoice, whose members include Meta, TikTok, and X, as the group plans to fight Florida and Texas social media laws before SCOTUS on February 26
2:20 AM  •
Lauly Li / Nikkei Asia:  Sources: Google plans to start assembling the Pixel 8 Pro in southern India in Q2 2024, followed by production of the Pixel 8 in northern India around mid-2024
2:00 AM  •
Ivan Mehta / TechCrunch:  Instagram debuts its marketplace tool to connect brands and creators for partnerships or ads in Canada, Australia, New Zealand, the UK, Japan, India, and Brazil
1:55 AM  •
Miriam Gottfried / Wall Street Journal:  A profile of Blackstone CEO Steve Schwarzman, who might be the biggest individual funder of AI education and research, having pledged $500M+ to the effort
1:30 AM  •
Manish Singh / TechCrunch:  Walmart's PhonePe debuts its Indus Appstore in India, featuring 200K+ apps; the Android app store is available as an app that users first have to sideload
12:55 AM  •
Jennifer Pattison Tuohy / The Verge:  Amazon's $180 Echo Hub review: fast and interactive widgets, supports Zigbee, Thread, and Matter, but a laggy touchscreen and some features need a subscription
12:40 AM  •
Josh Ye / Reuters:  Lenovo Q3: revenue up 3% YoY to $15.72B, vs. $15.25B est., after five quarters of decline, net income down 23% YoY to $337M, and services up 10% YoY to $2B
12:15 AM  •
Washington Post:  Leaked files detail Chinese state-linked hacking groups carrying out large-scale, systematic cyber intrusions against governments, companies, and infrastructure

February 21, 2024

11:30 PM  •
Reuters:  Reddit signed a deal with Google to make its content available for training the search giant's AI models; source: the contract is worth ~$60M per year
10:55 PM  •
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:  Orkes, which provides a microservices orchestration platform for developers, raised a $20M Series A led by Nexus, taking its total funding to $29.3M
10:15 PM  •
Anna Tong / Reuters:  Over 850 people, including AI experts and executives, sign an open letter calling for more regulation of deepfakes, such as by criminalizing deepfake child porn

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