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June 12, 2022, 8:45 PM

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Nitasha Tiku / Washington Post:
A look at advanced large language models, as Google places an engineer on paid leave after he became convinced that its LaMDA chatbot generator was 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:
The Dutch ACM says Apple's latest changes to App Store rules, which let dating app developers 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.”
AnnaMaria Andriotis / Wall Street Journal:
Sources: Apple plans to use Apple ID data for identity verification and fraud prevention in its BNPL service, alongside credit reports and FICO scores  —  Tech giant will approve borrowers and fund loans itself rather than rely on a bank  —  Apple Inc. tiptoed into finance with Apple Pay …
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 …
Lance Ulanoff / TechRadar:
An interview with Apple SVP of Engineering Craig Federighi and VP of Design Alan Dye on the development, decisions, and tech behind iOS 16's custom Lock Screen  —  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 …
Robert Burnson / Bloomberg:
Google agrees to pay $118M to settle a gender pay discrimination lawsuit with about 15,500 female employees, according to the law firms representing the women  —  Alphabet Inc.'s Google agreed to pay $118 million to settle a gender discrimination lawsuit with about 15,500 female employees …
Politico:
SpaceX's Starlink satellites became 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,
Mark Gurman / Bloomberg:
WWDC22 analysis: Stage Manager is a confusing mess, clues about an upcoming AR/VR headset, CarPlay's new interface as a precursor to an Apple car, and more  —  The next-generation CarPlay interface is a precursor to an eventual Apple-designed Tesla rival.  Also: Apple's flawed new multitasking system …
Casey Newton / The Verge:
A week with Dall-E 2, OpenAI's text-to-image AI tool that entered private research beta in April 2022 and feels like a breakthrough in consumer tech history  —  I remember the first time I Shazam'd a song, summoned an Uber, and streamed myself live using Meerkat.

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