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March 14, 2023, 9:15 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 as an API that has a waitlist  —  Following the research path from GPT, GPT-2, and GPT-3, our deep learning approach leverages more data and more computation …
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Yusuf Mehdi / Bing Blogs:
Microsoft says the new Bing is “running on GPT-4, which we've customized for search” and was using an early version of the model over the past five weeks  —  Congratulations to our partners at Open AI for their release of GPT-4 today.  —  We are happy to confirm that the new Bing …
Aisha Malik / TechCrunch:
Duolingo debuts a Max subscription for $30 per month or $168 per year, offering GPT-4 features for English speakers taking Spanish and French courses on iOS  —  Duolingo is introducing a new subscription tier with features powered by OpenAI's new GPT-4 technology, the company announced on Tuesday.
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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 …
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.
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Ben Schoon / 9to5Google:
Alleged renders of Google's Pixel 8 Pro appear to show a flat ~6.52" display and a new sensor on the camera bar, after a Pixel Fold and 7a retail listing leak  —  Leak season is starting.  Following a retail leak of Pixel Fold and Pixel 7a just today, the first renders of Google Pixel 8 Pro have arrived …
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
YouTube launches early multiview access for YouTube TV, letting US viewers watch up to four, pre-selected streams simultaneously, initially for sports content  —  YouTube TV is today announcing a new feature that may help the live TV service attract more subscribers — and particularly those who like to watch live sports.
Mark Gurman / Bloomberg:
Sources: Apple delays some employee bonuses as the company moves to once-a-year payouts, slows down hiring more, keeps more positions open, and reins in travel  —  Apple Inc. is delaying bonuses for some corporate divisions and expanding a cost-cutting effort, joining Silicon Valley peers …
Jay Peters / The Verge:
After an internal systems issue knocked Reddit offline for 4+ hours, the company says it has implemented a fix and “things are back in order”  —  Reddit is in the midst of an hours-long outage that's affecting its websites and apps, according to the company's status page.
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
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.
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.
Forbes:
Adept, which is building an AI model that can turn text commands into computer actions, raised $350M in a Series B, sources say at a $1B+ post-money valuation  —  Chatbots rule the day in AI for now, but soon, Adept cofounder David Luan predicts, AI won't just display unsettlingly human responses to typed queries, it will execute them.
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.
David Enrich / New York Times:
Signature's and SVB's collapse follow GOP-led Dodd-Frank reforms that raised the “stress test” threshold from $50B to $250B, pushed by executives at both banks  —  Officials with Signature and Silicon Valley banks, which regulators seized in recent days, called for looser financial requirements for midsize banks.

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