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iMessage gets post-quantum encryption, UN pauses aid after looting

Vaccines linked to rare conditions; Food convoys in Gaza suspended; Google introduces open-source AIs; Apple adds post-quantum encryption

Today ChatGPT read 1393 top news stories. After removing previously covered events, there are 4 articles with a significance score over 6.8.

[7.0] COVID-19 vaccines linked to small increases in health conditions — ScienceAlert

A global study of nearly 100 million COVID-19-vaccinated people in eight countries found small increases in health conditions involving the brain, blood, and heart. The study confirmed links between COVID-19 vaccinations and low risks of myocarditis, pericarditis, Guillain-Barré syndrome, and cerebral venous sinus thrombosis. The study also identified rare safety signals that smaller studies might miss.

[6.9] UN agency pauses Gaza food aid deliveries after looting and gunfire — The Guardian

The UN's World Food Programme halted food aid convoys to northern Gaza due to public disorder and looting. Gaza's 2.4 million residents face famine, with infrastructure damage from months of conflict. Hospitals struggle with power cuts and shortages, and two-thirds of Gaza is under evacuation orders.

[6.8] Google releases smaller, powerful open-source AI models Gemma 2B and 7B — The Verge

Google has launched Gemma 2B and 7B, smaller, open-source AI models derived from its larger Gemini model. Unlike the closed Gemini, Gemma can run on personal computers and is aimed at simpler applications like chatbots and summarizations. Google claims Gemma outperforms larger models in benchmarks. Gemma is accessible to all developers with a commercial license and includes a responsible AI toolkit for safety. It currently works best with English language tasks, with plans to expand.

[6.8] Apple is launching post-quantum encryption in iMessage — WIRED [$]

Apple is introducing PQ3, a post-quantum cryptographic protocol, to iMessage in its upcoming iOS and iPadOS 17.4 and macOS 14.4 updates. This marks a significant step in encryption, aiming to safeguard data against future quantum computer attacks. Quantum computers, which are still in development, could potentially break current encryption methods. The U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology is leading efforts to create quantum-resistant cryptography. Apple's update, requiring only an OS update from users, is part of a broader movement to prepare for quantum computing advancements.

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