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March 16, 2023, 1:20 PM

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Bloomberg:
Microsoft plans to bring OpenAI's GPT-4 to Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, Word, and its other apps in the coming months, calling the feature Microsoft 365 Copilot  —  Microsoft Corp.'s effort to overhaul its entire lineup with OpenAI technology has spread to one of the company's oldest and best-known products: its Office apps.
The Verge:
Microsoft details Business Chat, part of 365 Copilot, which can summarize meetings, recent customer contacts, calendar entries, and more, similar to Bing's AI  —  One of the new Copilot AI features coming to Microsoft 365 apps and services is dubbed Business Chat.
John D. McKinnon / Wall Street Journal:
Sources: the Biden administration and CFIUS are demanding that TikTok's Chinese owners sell their stakes in the company or face a possible US ban of the app  —  TikTok says forced sale won't resolve national security issues; its CEO set to appear before Congress next week
Dan Sabbagh / The Guardian:
In a U-turn, the UK bans TikTok from ministers' and civil servants' work phones after a National Cyber Security Centre review, following the EU and the US  —  Move brings Britain in line with US and Europe and reflects worsening relations with China  —  Britain is to ban the Chinese owned …
Stu Woo / Wall Street Journal:
James Vincent / The Verge:
Experts criticize OpenAI for not disclosing GPT-4's training data or methods used; OpenAI co-founder says its past approach to openly sharing research was wrong  —  The system's capabilities are still being assessed, but as researchers and experts pore over its accompanying materials …
Ryan Broderick / Garbage Day:
OpenAI's GPT-4 is an outrageous, if imperfect, step forward, offering a glimpse of a future internet where generative AI creates one big personalized web portal  —  Read to the end for a good Twitter reply  —  Building A Portal To Everything  —  Very often I will come up with a big existential question …
Benj Edwards / Ars Technica:
New York Times:
Sources: five days after seizing SVB, the FDIC has conducted a stop-and-start auction process, failing so far to find a willing buyer for all of SVB's assets  —  Big rivals are thus far shying away from scooping up the bank's assets.  —  Five days after seizing control of Silicon Valley Bank …
Taylor Hatmaker / TechCrunch:
Twitch CEO Emmett Shear plans to step down after 16 years at the company, replaced by president Dan Clancy; Shear is one of the original founders of Justin.tv  —  After serving as its chief executive for more than a decade, Twitch CEO Emmett Shear will take a step back at the company.
FTX:
An FTX bankruptcy filing describes $3.2B+ in payments and loans to founders and executives, chiefly from Alameda Research, including ~$2.2B to Sam Bankman-Fried  —  Identify Over $3.2 Billion in Transfers to Founders and Key Employees  —  Forensic Work Continues on Intercompany and Other Transactions
Yimou Lee / Reuters:
Sources: Foxconn will make AirPods for the first time and plans to invest $200M+ in a plant in Telangana, India; a source says Apple wanted production in India  —  Taiwanese contract manufacturer Foxconn (2317.TW) has won an order to make AirPods for Apple Inc (AAPL.O) and plans to build …
Sam Kessler / CoinDesk:
The Arbitrum Foundation, which develops the Ethereum Layer 2 platform Arbitrum, plans to airdrop its long-awaited ARB token on March 23 and transition to a DAO  —  The long-awaited ARB token will grant holders the ability to vote on changes to the leading Ethereum layer 2 network.
TechCrunch:
NYC-based Via plans to acquire London-based Citymapper, which has ~50M users and raised ~$60M; sources say investors are mostly not making their money back  —  Last month, when transportation startup Via raised $110 million at a $3.5 billion valuation, CEO Daniel Ramot said it planned …
Bloomberg:
Baidu announces its Ernie Bot in a pre-recorded video, with founder Robin Li talking over a scripted video of interactions with the AI; BIDU drops 5%+  —  Baidu Inc. debuted China's answer to ChatGPT via a recorded video, disappointing investors hoping for a real-time demo …

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