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June 12, 2022, 4:55 PM

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Nitasha Tiku / Washington Post:
A look at advanced large language models, as a Google engineer is placed on paid leave after becoming convinced that its LaMDA chatbot generator became sentient  —  AI ethicists warned Google not to impersonate humans.  Now one of Google's own thinks there's a ghost in the machine.
Michael McSweeney / The Block:
Jack Dorsey's Bitcoin venture TBD plans to launch a “Web 5” platform, using the Ion network, focused on decentralized identity and data storage for applications  —  TBD, the Bitcoin-focused venture first announced last spring, unveiled an ambitious effort Friday to build a decentralized Web platform dubbed “Web 5.”
Wall Street Journal:
Sources: a Meta probe that began in Fall 2021 is investigating Sandberg's use of corporate resources for personal projects, including her Lean In foundation  —  Review focuses on the extent to which staffers worked on her personal projects  —  The lawyers investigating Facebook operating …
AnnaMaria Andriotis / Wall Street Journal:
Sources: Apple will use Apple ID data for identity verification and fraud prevention, rely on credit reports and FICO scores for its buy now, pay later service  —  Tech giant will approve borrowers and fund loans itself rather than rely on a bank  —  Apple Inc. tiptoed into finance …
Robert Burnson / Bloomberg:
Google agreed to pay $118M to settle a pay discrimination lawsuit with about 15,500 female employees, according to the lawfirms representing the women  —  Alphabet Inc.'s Google agreed to pay $118 million to settle a gender discrimination lawsuit with about 15,500 female employees, lawfirms representing the women said in a statement.
Lance Ulanoff / TechRadar:
An interview with Apple's Craig Federighi and VP of Design Alan Dye on the new features in iOS 16 for customizing lock screens  —  Your iPhone's Lock Screen is the first thing you see when you pick up your phone.  It's also the face you present to the world and those who might glance …
Politico:
Elon Musk's Starlink has become an unexpected lifeline in Ukraine, on the battlefield and in the war for public opinion, impressing many Western militaries  —  UkraineX:  —  How Elon Musk's space satellites changed the war on the ground  —  From artillery strikes to Zoom calls,
Mitchell Clark / The Verge:
Dutch ACM says Apple's latest changes to App Store rules, which let developers of dating apps choose payment methods, meet local and EU competition requirements  —  It's still unhappy about the carve-out for dating apps in the Netherlands  —  Apple announced on Friday that it once again updated …
Casey Newton / The Verge:
A week with Dall-E 2, OpenAI's text-to-image AI tool that is in private research beta and feels like a breakthrough in the history of consumer tech  —  I remember the first time I Shazam'd a song, summoned an Uber, and streamed myself live using Meerkat.  What makes these moments stand out …
Ben Schoon / 9to5Google:
Leaked images seem to show a Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4 unit with a design similar to the Flip 3's but with a shallower, less noticeable display crease  —  Samsung's next batch of foldable smartphones is right around the corner, and this weekend the Galaxy Z Flip 4 has leaked in its first real-life shots.

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