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June 11, 2022, 6:10 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.
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 …
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.”
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,
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 …
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 …
Joshua Brustein / Bloomberg:
As Axie Infinity's economy and the value of its tokens crumbled, and gamers' earnings crashed, Sky Mavis started downplaying financial aspects of the game  —  Over the course of his life, Alejo Lopez de Armentia has played video games for a variety of reasons.
Ariel Shapiro / The Verge:
CEO Daniel Ek: Spotify plans to use the freemium model for audiobooks; the DOJ is reviewing Spotify's yet-to-close acquisition of audiobook distributor Findaway  —  This article first ran in Hot Pod Insider, The Verge's audio industry newsletter.  —  Spotify wants to make audiobooks the next pillar of its business.
Matthew Green / A Few Thoughts on Cryptographic Engineering:
A defense of blockchains and crypto, as they go through growing pains in a bid to transform the US payments industry, which has been stagnant for decades  —  Last week a group of technologists, including Bruce Schneier, sent a letter to Congress outlining their concerns around cryptocurrency and urging Congress to regulate the space.

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