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March 14, 2023, 3:20 PM

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OpenAI:
OpenAI debuts GPT-4, claiming the model “surpasses ChatGPT in its advanced reasoning capabilities”, available in ChatGPT Plus and its API, which has a waitlist  —  Following the research path from GPT, GPT-2, and GPT-3, our deep learning approach leverages more data and more computation …
Yusuf Mehdi / Bing Blogs:
Microsoft says the new Bing is “running on GPT-4, which we've customized for search”  —  Congratulations to our partners at Open AI for their release of GPT-4 today.  —  We are happy to confirm that the new Bing is running on GPT-4, customized for search.
TechCrunch:
Mark Zuckerberg says Meta plans to cut 10,000 jobs and withdraw ~5,000 open roles, four months after cutting 11,000 jobs, and cancel “lower priority projects”  —  Meta plans to cut its workforce by another 10,000 people and withdraw around 5,000 open roles that it had yet to fill …
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James Vincent / The Verge:
Google unveils generative AI features for Docs, Gmail, Sheets, Slides, and other Workspace apps, helping users write text, summarize content, and create images  —  Google has announced a suite of upcoming generative AI features for its various Workspace apps, including Google Docs, Gmail, Sheets, and Slides.
James Vincent / The Verge:
Google launches an API for its PaLM language model and a MakerSuite app to help developers train PaLM, expands support for generative AI in Vertex AI, and more  —  Google is offering developers access to one of its most advanced AI language models: PaLM.  The search giant is launching an API …
Andrew Ackerman / Wall Street Journal:
Sources: the FDIC is planning another auction of SVB, after failing to find a suitor on March 12; at least one offer had been made but was rejected by the FDIC  —  Auction comes after failed attempt to find suitor on Sunday  —  The Collapse of Silicon Valley Bank: What You Need to Know
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Kim Mackrael / Wall Street Journal:
Microsoft signs a 10-year deal with cloud gaming startup Boosteroid to distribute Call of Duty games if the Activision bid is approved; Boosteroid has ~4M users  —  Agreement is part of push to convince regulators that the planned $75 billion acquisition won't harm the videogame industry
Platformer:
Sources: Microsoft laid off one of its responsible AI teams that was tasked with identifying the risks of integrating OpenAI's tech into its suite of products  —  As the company accelerates its push into AI products, the ethics and society team is gone  —  I.
Reuters:
Sources and documents: India plans to force smartphone makers to allow removing pre-installed apps and mandate screening major OS updates via new security rules  —  India plans to force smartphone makers to allow removal of pre-installed apps and mandate screening of major operating system …
Emma Roth / The Verge:
Amazon reveals a range of consumer terminals that connect to Project Kuiper, starting at under $400, and now plans to launch the first satellites in H1 2024  —  Amazon has revealed a range of customer terminals that connect to its broadband satellite network, Project Kuiper.
Joe Rossignol / MacRumors:
Apple announces Shop With a Specialist Over Video, a live video session available from 7am to 7pm PT on its website for US customers looking to buy an iPhone  —  Apple today announced that customers in the U.S. can now connect with an Apple Specialist over a live video session while shopping for an iPhone on the company's online store.
Rachel Metz / Bloomberg:
Anthropic, co-founded by former OpenAI employees, debuts Claude, a ChatGPT rival the startup says is less likely to hallucinate; companies can request access  —  Anthropic, an artificial-intelligence startup, is making its rival chatbot to OpenAI's popular ChatGPT available to businesses that want to add it to their products.
Rest of World:
An in-depth look at tech's terrible 2022 in numbers: VC deal value down 38%, IPOs falling, an 85% drop in new unicorns, layoffs impacting 280,000+, and more  —  Reduced investment and large-scale layoffs have created dark times for tech globally.  —  In March 2022, the future of Muni, a Colombian e-commerce startup, looked bright.
Bloomberg:
Source: US prosecutors are scrutinizing Telegram group chats between Jump, Jane Street, and Alameda employees in May 2022 over the TerraUSD stablecoin collapse  —  US prosecutors are scrutinizing chat-group conversations among prominent trading firms including Jump Trading Group and Jane Street Group …
Alexander Osipovich / Wall Street Journal:

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