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December 6, 2020, 5:55 PM

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Karen Hao / MIT Technology Review:
A summary of the draft paper co-authored by Timnit Gebru, which outlined the main risks of large language AI models and provided suggestions for future research  —  The company's star ethics researcher highlighted the risks of large language models, which are key to Google's business.  —  hide
Julia Carrie Wong / The Guardian:
1,200+ Google employees and 1,500+ academic, industry, and civil supporters have signed a petition condemning the termination of AI scientist Timnit Gebru  —  More than 1,500 researchers also sign letter after Black expert on ethics says Google tried to suppress her research on bias
Lucas Shaw / Bloomberg:
OnlyFans says it will generate $2B+ in sales in 2020, now has 85M users, is adding around 500K users a day, and is paying out $200M+ a month to its 1M+ creators  —  As Cardi B prepared the release for her new song “WAP,” she checked off all the usual components of her promotional plan …
Wall Street Journal:
Sources: Google considered banning some of IAC's Chrome extensions over practices like browser hijacking, but hasn't acted yet, partly due to antitrust concerns  —  Alphabet unit considers penalties after its audit faulted IAC's treatment of Chrome browser extensions
Kevin Roose / New York Times:
How Biden's digital campaign, largely focused on positive, authentic messaging and “Facebook moms”, defeated Trump's “Death Star” digital operation  —  The campaign's empathetic digital strategy held up surprisingly well against President Trump's passionate digital following.
Cade Metz / New York Times:
Some police departments in California and Georgia have started using autonomous drones this year to track vehicles and people, raising civil rights questions  —  In one Southern California city, flying drones with artificial intelligence are aiding investigations while presenting new civil rights questions.
Jeffrey Paul:
Macs with T2, M1 chips cannot be restored to factory state without contacting Apple over the internet, limiting their use in niche cases like airgapped systems  —  Modern Apple computers can no longer be fully used and maintained in 100% offline environments, or in ways that will reasonably ensure …
Misyrlena Egkolfopoulou / Bloomberg:
TikTok videos offering dubious financial advice are drawing millions of views, as young people increasingly turn to the app as a source of financial literacy  —  Buy several credit cards with different due dates.  Max out spending on the first one, use another to pay it off …
Bloomberg:
Sources: the US will not extend the December 4 deadline for TikTok's forced sale but will not enforce the order either, allowing the negotiations to continue  —  - No new deadline is expected while deal discussions progress  — Administration wants to finalize deal before Trump's term ends

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