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May 21, 2024

7:55 AM  •
Ben Thompson / Stratechery:  Microsoft's Copilot+ PCs event was compelling, the culmination of years of work, and Windows feels revitalized while its hardware is meaningfully differentiated
7:35 AM  •
Joyce Lee / Reuters:  Google, Meta, Microsoft, OpenAI, Amazon, IBM, and 10 other companies commit to safe AI development at the AI Seoul Summit 2024, hosted by South Korea and the UK
7:25 AM  •
Bloomberg:  Alibaba slashes prices for its AI services by up to 97%, leading Baidu to offer free Ernie AI-based services; ByteDance priced its services cheaply last week
7:10 AM  •
Financial Times:  AI data labeling startup Scale AI raised $1B led by Accel at a ~$14B valuation, up from $7.3B in April 2021; a source says Scale AI had ~$700M in 2023 revenue
6:55 AM  •
Bloomberg:  Sources: in the event that China invades Taiwan, ASML and TSMC have ways to disable their sophisticated chipmaking machines; ASML reassured Dutch officials
6:45 AM  •
Tim Bradshaw / Financial Times:  How Meta, Microsoft, and Google are helping OpenAI develop Triton, a tool to help run code efficiently on AI chips to compete with Nvidia's CUDA platform
6:30 AM  •
Reuters:  EU countries vote to approve the landmark EU AI Act, agreed in December 2023, to ensure “trust, transparency, and accountability”, taking effect in June 2024
6:20 AM  •
Samuel Stolton / Bloomberg:  Sources: Apple files a lawsuit at the EU's General Court to challenge a March 2024 decision to impose a €1.8B fine for thwarting competition in music streaming
6:05 AM  •
Paul Sawers / TechCrunch:  London-based Vitesse, which offers a treasury and payment platform for insurance companies, raised a $93M Series C led by KKR, after a $26M Series B in 2022
5:55 AM  •
Bailey Lipschultz / Bloomberg:  SEC filing: Chicago-based Tempus, which uses AI to process medical data, files for an IPO, reporting a $266M net loss on $532M revenue in 2023 and 2,300 staff
5:40 AM  •
Justine Calma / The Verge:  Google plans to spend ~€1B to expand its data center in Finland, and will reuse heat from the data center to warm nearby homes, schools, and public buildings
5:25 AM  •
Bloomberg:  Sources: ByteDance acquires Chinese earphone maker Oladance, founded five years ago, for ~$50M, bringing on board seasoned ex-Bose engineers
4:40 AM  •
Wired:  How Indian politicians are using deepfakes for voter outreach; an estimated 50M+ AI voice calls were made in the two months before the elections in April 2024
4:15 AM  •
Bob Henderson / Wall Street Journal:  A look at the use of quantum computing to solve optimization problems, which are devilishly difficult because of the huge number of options they entail
2:00 AM  •
Toby Sterling / Reuters:  European research labs led by Belgium-based imec will receive €2.5B in funding under European Chips Act to set up a pilot line to develop and test sub-2nm chips
1:35 AM  •
Business Insider:  Inside Oracle's Cerner acquisition, including issues with Cerner's EHR system, which Oracle says it wasn't aware of, and its rollout at the US Veterans Affairs
12:45 AM  •
Paul Sawers / TechCrunch:  London-based Zen Educate, an online marketplace that connects schools with teachers, raised a $37M Series B led by Round2 Capital and acquires Aquinas Education

May 20, 2024

11:40 PM  •
Los Angeles Times:  A look at challenges LA faces as it tries to remain a major tech hub; CB Insights says VC funding of LA-based startups totaled $6.9B in 2023, down 73% from 2021
10:50 PM  •
Julia Love / Bloomberg:  A profile of Alphabet's moonshot X lab, which is carving out a path to spin off projects as independent startups, after years of debate and experimentation
10:20 PM  •
Rebecca Bellan / TechCrunch:  Volvo partners with Aurora Innovation to unveil Volvo VNL Autonomous, a self-driving truck which Aurora plans to use for freight hauling in the next few months
9:05 PM  •
Yoolim Lee / Bloomberg:  Samsung Electronics names Young-Hyun Jun as the head of its semiconductor arm, replacing co-CEO Kye-Hyun Kyung, who will oversee its business planning team
8:10 PM  •
Mike Scarcella / Reuters:  US v. Google: Google has preemptively paid damages to the US government, an unusual move aimed at avoiding a jury trial in the DOJ's antitrust lawsuit
6:57 PM  •
Kat Tenbarge / NBC News:  Scarlett Johansson says she declined OpenAI's ChatGPT voice offer and was “shocked, angered” that Sam Altman would pursue Sky, a voice “eerily similar” to hers
6:35 PM  •
Cory Weinberg / The Information:  Sources: Anduril has had early discussions to raise ~$1.5B at a $12.5B+ valuation, and told investors the startup roughly doubled revenue to ~$500M in 2023
6:10 PM  •
Samantha Cole / 404 Media:  The FBI arrests a man on criminal charges for allegedly producing and distributing AI-generated images of minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct
5:50 PM  •
Hannah Ellis-Petersen / The Guardian:  Meta approved 14 AI-manipulated Facebook ads during India's election with known slurs against Muslims; civil groups submitted and then pulled the ads as a test
5:40 PM  •
Brody Ford / Bloomberg:  Zoom reports Q1 revenue up 3.2% YoY to $1.14B, vs. $1.13B est., enterprise revenue up 5.3% YoY to $665.7M, and a Q2 sales forecast in line with estimates
5:15 PM  •
David Heaney / UploadVR:  LG denies reports over canceling its partnership with Meta, three months after the companies agreed to develop XR devices, says it is “controlling its pace”
5:10 PM  •
Joanna Stern / Wall Street Journal:  Impressions of Windows 11 AI features Recall, Live Captions, and Cocreator, and a chat with Satya Nadella on how the Copilot+ PC push will outperform MacBooks
5:05 PM  •
Douglas MacMillan / Washington Post:  Documents: cops in Austin and San Francisco, where police are banned from facial recognition, asked other towns to run photos of suspects through their systems
4:55 PM  •
Todd Spangler / Variety:  Truth Social parent Trump Media and Technology Group reports $771K in Q1 revenue, a $327.6M net loss, a $12.1M operating loss, and plans a “live TV” platform
4:21 PM  •
Sergiu Gatlan / BleepingComputer:  The DOJ announces the arrest of a Taiwanese national at JFK Airport who allegedly owned Incognito Market, a dark web site used by 200K+ to buy $100M+ in drugs
4:00 PM  •
Juli Clover / MacRumors:  Apple releases iOS 17.5.1 and iPadOS 17.5.1, saying the bug that let some deleted photos reappear has now been fixed
3:30 PM  •
Tom Warren / The Verge:  Microsoft's new push for Windows PCs with Arm chips promises better emulation for non-native apps and Qualcomm chips that can best an M3 in a MacBook Air
3:27 PM  •
Lawrence Bonk / Engadget:  Acer, Asus, Dell, HP, Samsung, and Lenovo joined Microsoft in debuting laptops featuring Qualcomm's Snapdragon X Elite or Plus chips and a dedicated Copilot key
2:35 PM  •
Brandon Hill / Tom's Hardware:  Snapdragon X Windows Copilot+ PCs get official, starting at $1,099 — Acer, Dell, HP, and Lenovo are all onboard, with some models promising “multi-day battery life”
2:17 PM  •
Natasha Lomas / TechCrunch:  Jolla, maker of Android variant Sailfish OS, plans to launch a privacy-focused AI device, Jolla Mind², in fall 2024 for €699 with a €9.99/month subscription
2:17 PM  •
PCWorld:  Dell debuts a Dell XPS 13 with Snapdragon X Elite, the first time the XPS 13 has not had Intel, alongside new Dell Latitude and Inspiron PCs with Qualcomm chips
2:00 PM  •
David Pierce / The Verge:  Microsoft debuts the $1,000+ Surface Pro with optional OLED display and 5G, up to 90% faster than the last gen, a Flex keyboard with haptic feedback, and more
2:00 PM  •
Jane Zhang / Bloomberg:  Sensor Tower: ByteDance's Doubao AI chatbot iOS app had almost 9M downloads this year through April, vs. 8M for Baidu's Ernie Bot; Doubao has 4M+ MAUs in China
1:46 PM  •
Wes Davis / The Verge:  Microsoft debuts the 13.8" and 15" Surface Laptop with new Qualcomm chips, up to 22 hours of battery, Wi-Fi 7, support for three 4K external monitors, from $999
1:28 PM  •
Umar Shakir / The Verge:  Microsoft unveils Recall for Windows 11, an AI-powered search tool for Copilot+ PCs that keeps track of users' actions and gives them an explorable timeline
1:22 PM  •
Kris Holt / Engadget:  Microsoft unveils Copilot+ PCs as a new class of AI-capable Windows PCs that have at least 40 TOPs of NPU performance, with several OEMs and chipmakers on board
1:06 PM  •
Paul Sawers / TechCrunch:  The UK's autonomous vehicle legislation becomes law, paving the way for first driverless cars by 2026 and clarifying who is liable in self-driving crashes
12:58 PM  •
The Verge:  A recap of everything announced at Microsoft's Surface and Windows AI event
12:50 PM  •
Jeremy Kahn / Fortune:  A look at Satya Nadella's approach to pushing AI at Microsoft, as the company bets big on OpenAI and in-house models, but also on G42, Mistral, Figure, and more
12:45 PM  •
Alexandra S. Levine / Forbes:  Child predators are flocking to AI-generated images of children on TikTok and Instagram, raising questions about how to handle the suggestive, fake images
12:35 PM  •
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:  Inflection AI, which had ~70 staffers follow Mustafa Sulyman and leave for Microsoft in March, debuts a new leadership team and says it has 18 months of runway
12:10 PM  •
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:  Appfigures: ChatGPT's iOS and Android apps hit $4.2M in net revenue from May 13 through May 17, as net revenue grew 22% the day of the GPT-4o launch
11:30 AM  •
MacKenzie Sigalos / CNBC:  NY AG announces a $2B settlement with crypto lender Genesis, after claiming Genesis misled investors about its Gemini Earn program, leading to $1B+ in losses
11:28 AM  •
Lauren Forristal / TechCrunch:  The CAA partners with Veritone to build a storage system for A-list artists to store their digital assets and get compensated for the use of their AI likeness
10:45 AM  •
Nilay Patel / The Verge:  Q&A with Sundar Pichai about Google I/O announcements, AI Overviews' high clickthrough rates, competing with OpenAI, future of search, AI advancements, and more
10:10 AM  •
Austin Carr / Bloomberg:  AltStore developers detail the significant hurdles facing those looking to open third-party iOS app stores in Europe; AltStore has had 100K+ downloads in the EU
9:50 AM  •
Jamie Crawley / CoinDesk:  Grayscale CEO Michael Sonnenshein resigns, to be replaced by Goldman Sachs' head of strategy for asset and wealth management, Peter Mintzberg, on August 15
9:30 AM  •
Chae-Yeon Kim / KED Global:  LG ends XR partnership with Meta; Amazon emerges as new partner
8:40 AM  •
Financial Times:  PE firm EQT is in advanced talks to buy video game services company Keywords Studios for £2.2B, or £25.5 per share, a 70%+ premium on Friday's close
8:15 AM  •
Sophie Shulman / CTech:  CyberArk acquires machine identity management company Venafi from Thoma Bravo in a deal valued at around $1.54B; Thoma Bravo bought Venafi for $1.15B in 2020
7:20 AM  •
Rolfe Winkler / Wall Street Journal:  Neuralink gets US FDA approval to implant its brain chip in a second person; source: FDA signed off on proposed fixes like embedding wires deeper into the brain
6:15 AM  •
Reuters:  Apple announces discounts of up to $318 on its Tmall site in China between May 20 and May 28 on select iPhone models amid competition from Huawei and others
5:45 AM  •
Bloomberg:  OpenAI pulls ChatGPT's Sky voice after users compared the sound to Scarlett Johansson, saying Sky is an actress' voice and wasn't chosen to be an “imitation”
5:05 AM  •
Jimmy Vielkind / Wall Street Journal:  How Nvidia co-founder Curtis Priem is trying to make New York a quantum computing hub, including putting a quantum computer at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
2:15 AM  •
Alex Barinka / Bloomberg:  A look at Snap's shift towards investing aggressively in AI and AR after revamping its ad business, as it tries to adapt to changing social media habits
12:05 AM  •
David Keohane / Financial Times:  An interview with Kokusai Electric CEO Fumiyuki Kanai on KKR's role in the Japanese chip equipment maker's IPO, becoming an advocate for PE in Japan, and more

May 19, 2024

10:55 PM  •
Max Tani / Semafor:  Many outlets have increased reliance on Apple News+; The Daily Beast is set to make $3M-$4M from it in 2024, and Time says it delivers a 7-figure annual revenue
8:30 PM  •
Rebecca Bellan / TechCrunch:  A look at Overland AI, Potential, and other startups developing off-road self-driving systems, including for military operations, underground mining, and more
7:10 PM  •
Emma Agyemang / Financial Times:  Around 58 countries now offer a digital nomad visa, as governments compete with each other to attract talent; the number of US digital nomads hit 17.3M in 2023
5:00 PM  •
Financial Times:  Microsoft, Meta, Google and others pitch smaller language models that are cheaper to build and train, to lower costs and hardware requirements for generative AI
3:05 PM  •
Stephen Battaglio / Los Angeles Times:  At the 2024 Upfronts, streaming services dominated with Amazon Prime Video and Netflix making their debut, and live sports and ad tech were given more attention
2:05 PM  •
Bloomberg:  Memo: Didi co-founder Jean Liu steps down as president and board director, positions she has held since December 2014, and will become a “permanent partner”
1:10 PM  •
Wall Street Journal:  Sources: US officials have told Google, Meta, and others about concerns that undersea cables could be vulnerable to tampering by China-owned repair ships
12:35 PM  •
Wall Street Journal:  A look at Meta's AI strategy, which is a bet that open sourcing the tech will drive down competitors' prices and spread Meta's version of AI more broadly
10:35 AM  •
Stefanno Sulaiman / Reuters:  SpaceX launches Starlink in Indonesia to improve internet access in remote parts of the country, starting with three local health centers
10:20 AM  •
Mark Gurman / Bloomberg:  Sources: Apple and OpenAI are preparing a major announcement of their partnership at WWDC; the new AirTag with a better chip is scheduled to arrive by mid-2025
8:15 AM  •
Alfred Ng / Politico:  How Vermont lawmakers passed a strict online data privacy law despite significant pushback from the tech industry; GOP Gov. Phil Scott is yet to sign the bill
6:10 AM  •
Pew Research Center:  About 38% of webpages that existed in 2013 are unavailable now and 8% of pages from 2023 are unavailable; 23% of news pages have at least one broken link
4:05 AM  •
Politico:  A look at UK-based Faculty, which has been awarded UK government contracts for AI safety work without competition, raising questions about its political links
2:00 AM  •
Renee DiResta / The Guardian:  How a rightwing smear campaign against NPR and its CEO Katherine Maher, who is on Signal Foundation's board, led Elon Musk to malign Signal
12:50 AM  •
Daniel Thomas / Financial Times:  Culture secretary Lucy Frazer says the UK is working on rules around the use of creative work for training AI after media and arts executives voiced concerns
12:35 AM  •
The Guardian:  How China is using AI news anchors to spread its propaganda on social media; Microsoft: some AI anchors were created using ByteDance's video editing app CapCut
12:05 AM  •
Financial Times:  Chinese firms are selling “AI-in-a-box” products for companies to run on premises; Huawei estimates the Chinese market for such machines will hit ~$2.3B in 2024

May 18, 2024

11:20 PM  •
Steve Lohr / New York Times:  DRAM inventor Robert H. Dennard, who also devised a concept known as Dennard scaling that was complementary to Moore's Law, died on April 23 at age 91
9:45 PM  •
Ben Cohen / Wall Street Journal:  A profile of Shoichiro Irimajiri, one of Japan's most admired business leaders who, as a Sega executive, saved Nvidia in the 1990s with a $5M investment
6:35 PM  •
Cassandra Willyard / MIT Technology Review:  Researchers are working on sophisticated robots that use AI to converse and play games with people suffering from cognitive disorders like dementia
5:10 PM  •
Sam Altman / @sama:  Sam Altman says he is embarrassed that there was a provision about potential equity cancellation in exit docs, and OpenAI never took back anyone's vested equity
4:05 PM  •
Steven Levy / Wired:  Despite some skeptics claiming that AI is an industry-wide delusion, last week's demos from OpenAI and Google show that the rate of AI progress is not slowing
2:45 PM  •
Sean Hollister / The Verge:  MSI Claw handheld review: comfortable grips and not very buggy but bad performance by Intel Core Ultra, weak battery, and Windows holds back handheld gaming
1:20 PM  •
Greg Brockman / @gdb:  Sam Altman and Greg Brockman respond to Jan Leike, say they've raised awareness of the risks and opportunities of AGI, will keep doing safety research, and more
11:20 AM  •
Lucas Shaw / Bloomberg:  A profile of Netflix co-CEO Greg Peters, who led the company's successful crackdown on password sharing and is now pushing a focus on live programming
9:55 AM  •
Nitish Pahwa / Slate:  How bots monopolizing DeviantArt's promotional and revenue apparatuses and the platform's unwillingness to address the issue are driving artists to abandon it
8:40 AM  •
Lisa Feldman Barrett / Wall Street Journal:  Training AI on stereotypical facial expressions is bound to mislead because scientific evidence indicates that there are no universal expressions of emotion
5:35 AM  •
New York Times:  Despite banning TikTok on government devices, Taiwan isn't considering a US-style ban, saying the app is just one battle in a war against China's disinformation
2:30 AM  •
Caroline Haskins / The Guardian:  A look at Palantir-sponsored AI Expo for National Competitiveness, created by Eric Schmidt's thinktank, focusing on the use of AI and other tech in warfare
1:40 AM  •
Yuichi Shiga / Nikkei Asia:  Honda plans to invest ~$12.8B in software over the decade up to the FY ending March 2031, as it prepares to join the rapid shift to EVs in markets like China
1:20 AM  •
Astha Rajvanshi / TIME:  Access Now: 2023 was the worst year for internet shutdowns since monitoring began in 2016, with 283 shutdowns across 39 countries, led by India at 116
12:45 AM  •
Jonathan Randles / Bloomberg:  A US judge approves Genesis Global Capital's Chapter 11 repayment plan to return Bitcoin and other tokens to creditors, defeating a challenge by its parent DCG
12:30 AM  •
Pranshu Verma / Washington Post:  A look at an ISIS-affiliated media program called News Harvest, which is using AI-generated news anchors to disseminate extremist propaganda quickly and cheaply
12:15 AM  •
Natalie Lung / Bloomberg:  Expedia fires its CTO Rathi Murthy and SVP Sreenivas Rachamadugu due to a “violation of company policy”, days after its annual product and partner conference
12:10 AM  •
Brendan O'Boyle / Reuters:  The US DOJ charges two arrested Chinese nationals for allegedly orchestrating a crypto pig butchering scam that laundered at least $73M from defrauded victims

May 17, 2024

11:55 PM  •
Politico:  Critics warn the French government's first-of-its-kind move within the EU to suspend TikTok in New Caledonia amid widespread protests sets a dangerous precedent
11:40 PM  •
Leah Nylen / Bloomberg:  Epic v. Apple: Phil Schiller told a US judge that Apple's new 27% fee on purchases made outside its App Store are a good-faith attempt to comply with the law
10:10 PM  •
Zeyi Yang / MIT Technology Review:  Some researchers say GPT-4o's Chinese token-training data is polluted by spam and porn websites, likely due to inadequate data cleaning
9:00 PM  •
Paayal Zaveri / Bloomberg:  Photo editing and sharing app VSCO says it is now profitable, has a user base of 200M worldwide, and has 160K subscribers for its $59.99/year Pro product
8:25 PM  •
Dan Goodin / Ars Technica:  The US SEC will require some financial institutions to notify customers whose personal information was compromised within 30 days of learning about breaches
6:15 PM  •
Reed Albergotti / Semafor:  Google DeepMind releases its Frontier Safety Framework, a set of protocols for analyzing and mitigating future risks posed by advanced AI models
5:01 PM  •
Aisha Malik / TechCrunch:  Meta is working on an Instagram feature called Peek that lets users post unedited, authentic pictures that can only be viewed once
3:45 PM  •
Kelsey Piper / Vox:  OpenAI has an unusual, extremely restrictive off-boarding agreement with a lifelong nondisparagement commitment; those who don't sign it lose all vested equity
2:01 PM  •
Ivan Mehta / TechCrunch:  Reddit reintroduces the awards system it shut down in 2023, ends the replacement Golden Upvotes system, and expands its Contributor Program to 35 countries
1:10 PM  •
Jan Leike / @janleike:  [Thread] Superalignment team co-lead explains why he has left, says OpenAI's safety culture and processes took a backseat to shiny products over the past years
12:40 PM  •
Kyle Wiggers / TechCrunch:  Source: the Superalignment team was promised 20% of OpenAI's compute resources but requests for a fraction of that were often denied
12:36 PM  •
The Information:  Sources: Apple is working on a significantly slimmer iPhone that could be released concurrently with the iPhone 17, a major redesign, similar to the iPhone X
12:20 PM  •
Thomas Claburn / The Register:  Apple limits the development and testing of third-party browser engines to devices physically located in the EU, forcing browser makers to have staff in the EU
11:30 AM  •
Kate Irwin / PCMag:  Slack confirms it is training some of its AI-powered features, but not its generative AI tool, on user content and uploads, with all users opted-in by default
11:15 AM  •
Will Knight / Wired:  OpenAI's entire Superalignment team, which was focused on the existential dangers of AI, has either resigned or been absorbed into other research groups
10:20 AM  •
Michael Nienaber / Bloomberg:  Sources: Germany is nearing a decision to strip Huawei and ZTE components from the country's 5G core network by 2026 over national security reasons
9:30 AM  •
Sarah E. Needleman / Wall Street Journal:  Sources: Microsoft plans to add the latest installment of Call of Duty to Xbox Game Pass at launch this fall, a major shakeup of its video game sales strategy
8:45 AM  •
Kiuyan Wong / Bloomberg:  Hong Kong launches a pilot program enabling digital yuan payments through major Chinese banks, first deployment of China's currency beyond the mainland
8:20 AM  •
Natasha Lomas / TechCrunch:  The EU warns Microsoft it could be fined up to 1% of its global annual turnover under DSA after failing to provide risk info about its generative AI tools
7:58 AM  •
Katharine Gemmell / Bloomberg:  Microsoft's partnership with Mistral AI will avoid a UK antitrust probe after the CMA finds Microsoft can't “materially influence” Mistral's commercial policy
7:12 AM  •
Wall Street Journal:  Cloud GPU provider CoreWeave raised $7.5B in debt financing, two weeks after raising $1.1B equity funding at a $19B valuation; it raised $2.3B in debt in 2023
6:40 AM  •
William Gallagher / AppleInsider:  Kuo: iPhone 16 Pro Max will get a higher energy density battery and a stainless steel battery case that helps Apple comply with EU rules about replaceability
5:05 AM  •
Fanny Potkin / Reuters:  Sources: Tesla plans a China data center to train its global self-driving system with Chinese FSD data, after previously seeking to move the data out of China
4:50 AM  •
Jay Peters / The Verge:  X has officially adopted x.com for all its core systems; testing shows some twitter.com URLs still do not redirect depending on the browser and login status
2:05 AM  •
Loni Prinsloo / Bloomberg:  Prosus and parent group Naspers appoint Fabricio Bloisi as new CEO, replacing interim CEO Ervin Tu; Bloisi, who was the CEO of iFood, will start on July 1
1:40 AM  •
Matthew Hutson / Wired:  A look at Maven, a new social network backed by Ev Williams, Sam Altman, and others, where users follow interests and topics instead of accounts
12:05 AM  •
Carl Franzen / VentureBeat:  OpenAI says ChatGPT can now directly import files from Google Drive and Microsoft OneDrive, available to Plus, Team, and Enterprise users

May 16, 2024

11:20 PM  •
Bloomberg:  Sources: Snowflake is in talks to acquire Reka AI, which builds LLMs for businesses, for over $1B; report: Reka was valued at ~$300M in a 2023 funding round
11:10 PM  •
Ken Yeung / VentureBeat:  Ann Arbor-based Voxel51, which is developing a visual AI platform to reduce the failure rate of AI projects, raised a $30M Series B led by Bessemer
9:30 PM  •
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:  Analyst briefing: Microsoft will launch its Cobalt 100 chips, announced in November 2023, to Azure clients as a public preview at its Build conference next week
9:05 PM  •
Cristiano Lima-Strong / Washington Post:  Youth advocacy group Encode Justice unveils 22 policy recommendations to ensure AI protects the “lives, rights, and livelihoods” of young people by 2030
4:55 PM  •
Reuters:  OpenAI and Reddit partner to bring Reddit content to OpenAI tools including ChatGPT via Reddit's Data API and to add AI features to Reddit
4:35 PM  •
Cecilia D'Anastasio / Bloomberg:  Take-Two announces a fall 2025 release date for GTA VI, reports Q4 bookings down 3% YoY to $1.35B, and lowers its FY 2025 bookings forecast from $7B+ to $5.55B+
4:17 PM  •
Wall Street Journal:  DOJ charges five people for allegedly duping 300+ US companies into hiring North Korea-linked remote IT workers and helping fund the country's nuclear program
4:10 PM  •
Stephanie Palazzolo / The Information:  AI coding startup Replit, which raised $220M+ and was last valued at $1B, lays off 30 employees, or 20% of its staff, and pivots to enterprise sales
4:05 PM  •
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:  X rolls out a revamped version of its Communities feature, which lets users network around topics of interest, including improved discovery tools and search
3:30 PM  •
Cory Weinberg / The Information:  Figma is letting staff and early investors sell up to $900M of shares in a tender at a $12.5B valuation, down ~38% from Adobe's $20B acquisition proposal
2:30 PM  •
Aisha Malik / TechCrunch:  TikTok is testing 60-minute videos, which would let media companies post full TV show episodes and put TikTok in even more direct competition with YouTube
1:30 PM  •
Kyle Wiggers / TechCrunch:  Sigma Computing, which offers cloud data analytics tools, raised a $200M Series D at a $1.5B valuation, up 60% from 2021, bringing its total funding to $581M
1:00 PM  •
Jessica Mathews / Fortune:  How GM is scrambling to save Cruise, which has become a liability after one of its automated vehicles hit and dragged a pedestrian 20 feet in October 2023
12:25 PM  •
Mariella Moon / Engadget:  Google updates its accessibility apps: Lookout, to use a phone to recognize objects, a text-free mode in Look To Speak, and adds Maps wheelchair data on desktop
12:20 PM  •
Ivan Mehta / TechCrunch:  Google launches a Gemini add-on for educational institutes via Workspace, available in Gemini Education and Education Premium tiers in English for users over 18
12:15 PM  •
Tom Warren / The Verge:  Meta starts testing TweetDeck-style customizable feeds on Threads that are stacked in a column interface on the web, available to selected users
12:05 PM  •
Todd Spangler / Variety:  Disney, Fox, and WBD unveil the name of their sports streaming venture: Venu Sports, which is set to debut in fall 2024
11:55 AM  •
Daniel Thomas / Financial Times:  Sony Music sends letters to 700+ AI companies, developers, and music streaming platforms warning over the “unauthorized use” of Sony's content in training AI
11:25 AM  •
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:  Server CPU designer Ampere announces that its AmpereOne chip family will grow to 256 cores by next year; Ampere will work with Qualcomm on cloud AI accelerators
11:15 AM  •
Marina Temkin / TechCrunch:  Israel-based Agora, which develops real estate investment management software, raised a $34M Series B, bringing its total funding to $63M
11:00 AM  •
Anna Tong / Reuters:  Vercel, which develops the Next.js framework, raised a $250M Series E led by Accel at a $3.25B valuation, and says it recently exceeded $100M in annual revenue
10:20 AM  •
Kylie Robison / The Verge:  Hugging Face, which is “profitable, or close to profitable”, commits $10M in free shared GPUs to help small developers, academics, and others create AI apps

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