December 10, 2023, 8:50 AM

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Mitchell Clark / The Verge:
A look at L4S, an internet standard finalized in January 2023, aiming to reduce latency, with interest from Apple, Google, Comcast, Nvidia, and other companies  —  A few months ago, I downgraded my internet, going from a 900Mbps plan to a 200Mbps one.  Now, I find that websites can sometimes …
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Zack Abrams / The Block:
Tether freezes the wallets of people sanctioned by the US Treasury's OFAC to stop “potential misuse” of its tokens, one of its new CEO's first significant moves  —  - Tether has frozen its coins held in crypto wallets sanctioned by the U.S. Office of Foreign Asset Controls, the company announced today.
David Pierce / The Verge:
After Beeper Mini's recent outage, Apple says it took steps “to protect our users by blocking techniques that exploit fake credentials” to gain iMessage access  —  A few days after the team at Beeper proudly announced a way for users to send blue-bubble iMessages directly …
Elizabeth Napolitano / CoinDesk:
Pudgy Penguins plans to launch an early-access version of Pudgy World, an interactive digital playground for Pudgy Penguins NFT holders, before April 2024  —  Pudgy World, an interactive digital world available to Pudgy Penguin NFT holders, will become available in alpha mode sometime next year, according to the company's CEO.
Erik Hoel / The Intrinsic Perspective:
A bear case for the AI industry, as the sectors LLMs seem capable of disrupting so far, like writing, digital art, and programming help, are not very lucrative  —  Gemini and the supply paradox of AI  —  Another day, another huge new AI model revealed.  This time it's Google's Gemini.
New York Times:
Sources detail what happened at OpenAI in the build-up to Sam Altman's firing; some board members believed that Altman was trying to pit them against each other  —  Split over the leadership of Sam Altman, board members and executives turned on one another.  Their brawl exposed the cracks at the heart of the A.I. movement.
The European Parliament and the EU's 27 member states will need to approve the AI Act, which seeks fines of up to €35M or 7% of global turnover for violations  —  - Region couldn't ‘let the perfect be the enemy of the good’  — Negotiators broke coffee machine working late-night deal
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Daphne Keller / @daphnehk:
[Thread] Texas' and Florida's online speech rules for platforms cannot be justified, as less restrictive tools that give users control over online content exist  —  There was an amazing outpouring of S. Ct. amicus briefs opposing Texas's and Florida's online speech regulations yesterday. Here's what mine's about. 1/
Margi Murphy / Bloomberg:
Graphika: apps and websites using AI to undress women in photos are soaring in popularity; 34 such providers together had 24M+ unique visitors in September 2023  —  - Referral links to undressing apps increase on X and Reddit  — Numerous services have popped up since AI tech has advanced
ChatGPT / @chatgptapp:
OpenAI says it is aware of feedback about GPT-4 getting “lazier” and is “looking into fixing it”, and notes that “model behavior can be unpredictable”  —  we've heard all your feedback about GPT4 getting lazier! we haven't updated the model since Nov 11th, and this certainly isn't intentional. model behavior can be unpredictable, and we're looking into fixing it 🫡

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