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March 29, 2023, 3:35 PM

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Juli Clover / MacRumors:
Apple announces WWDC 2023 will be held from June 5 to June 9 as a virtual event, with a keynote event on June 5  —  Apple today announced that its 34th annual Worldwide Developers Conference will take place from Monday, June 5 to Friday, June 9.  Like WWDC 2020, 2021, and 2022 …
Future of Life Institute:
Over 1,000 people, including Elon Musk, sign an open letter urging AI labs to pause training of systems more powerful than GPT-4 for at least six months  —  We call on all AI labs to immediately pause for at least 6 months the training of AI systems more powerful than GPT-4.  —  Signatures
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Scott Chipolina / Financial Times:
Docs: Binance CEO and other execs hid its links to China for several years, including an office until 2019, despite saying in 2017 that Binance left China  —  Company documents show crypto exchange relied on country long after it said it had left in 2017  —  Binance hid substantial links …
Wall Street Journal:
Nansen: Binance saw net outflows of $2.1B on Ethereum from March 20 to March 27, as the exchange raised fees, suffered software issues, and faces a CFTC lawsuit  —  In a tumultuous few days, crypto giant raises fees, suffers software issues and faces regulator lawsuit
Delphine Strauss / Financial Times:
Goldman Sachs research finds that generative AI could increase annual global GDP by 7% over a 10-year period and automate away 300M full-time jobs globally  —  Technology could boost global GDP by 7% but also risks creating ‘significant disruption’  —  The latest breakthroughs …
Forbes:
Sources: Sam Bankman-Fried is paying his mounting legal fees from a $10M+ tax-free gift he gave his father with money borrowed from Alameda in 2021  —  While still CEO of now-collapsed FTX, Bankman-Fried transferred millions of dollars to his father.  Some of those funds have since been used …
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Lemon8, ByteDance's Instagram rival launched in March 2020, hits the US App Store's top 10; data.ai: Lemon8 never before ranked in the US top 200 overall charts  —  As U.S. lawmakers move forward with their plans for a TikTok ban or forced sale, the app's Chinese parent company ByteDance …
Aisha Malik / TechCrunch:
Google plans to launch extreme heat alerts in Search, including telling users when a heat wave is expected to start and end, keeping safe, and tips to stay cool  —  Google is introducing new extreme heat alerts in Search that are designed to surface information to help people stay safe during heat waves …
Christopher M. Matthews / Wall Street Journal:
Court records and messages from alleged hackers reveal a massive hacking campaign targeting thousands of environmental activists, dating back to at least 2017  —  Charity of Rockefeller heirs among groups targeted by hackers; oil giant not accused of wrongdoing
Nilay Patel / The Verge:
Q&A with Mastodon CEO Eugen Rochko on open-source governance, business models, rejecting VC firms, running instances, ActivityPub, content moderation, and more  —  CEO Eugen Rochko on running — and growing — a decentralized social network. … Eugen Rochko is the CEO of Mastodon …
Sarah Wynn / The Block:
The SEC sues shuttered crypto exchange Beaxy and its execs for allegedly not registering and Beaxy Digital's founder for raising $8M via unregistered token BXY  —  - The SEC brought charges against crypto platform Beaxy on Wednesday for allegedly not registering as an exchange, broker or a clearing agency.
Ryan Browne / CNBC:
The UK government publishes recommendations for AI and tasks regulators with issuing practical guidance to organizations on implementing them in their sectors  —  - The U.K. government has published a white paper for the artificial intelligence industry.  — It calls on regulators to come up with …
Bloomberg:
The FDIC tells Signature's crypto depositors that they must close their accounts by April 5, as Flagstar Bank's bid excludes ~$4B in Signature's crypto deposits  —  The Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. informed crypto clients with deposits at the failed Signature Bank that they have until April 5 …
Andy Greenberg / Wired:
Researchers say North Korean hackers are likely laundering stolen crypto by renting cloud compute to mine fresh coins, avoiding more scrutinized crypto mixers  —  A spy group working for the Kim regime has been feeding stolen coins into crypto mining services in an effort to throw tracers off their trail.
Indu Bhan / The Economic Times:
India's National Company Law Appellate Tribunal upholds the ~$160M fine imposed on Google by the Competition Commission of India in the Android antitrust case  —  The NCLAT, an appellate authority for orders passed by the CCI, had started its hearing in the Android matter on February 15 following a directive by the Supreme Court.

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