April 4, 2023, 4:25 PM

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Sasha Luccioni / Wired:
Instead of halting AI research, an unfeasible task, the industry must improve transparency and accountability by being open to external audits and to regulation  —  Tech leaders' Open Letter proposed a pause on ChatGPT.  But researchers already know how to make artificial intelligence safer.
Financial Times:
US authorities arrest student loan service Frank founder Charlie Javice; the SEC charges her with falsifying Frank user numbers for JPMorgan's $175M acquisition  —  Charlie Javice allegedly falsified user numbers at student finance company  —  The founder of a student finance website acquired …
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Microsoft debuts the Surface Thunderbolt 4 Dock for $300, offering a USB-C port instead of a proprietary Surface Connect port and supporting non-Surface devices  —  Priced at $299.99, the new Surface dock will connect over USB-C instead of the proprietary Surface Connect port.
Tim Hardwick / MacRumors:
Apple's System Status says the company resolved a Weather service issue that made the app slow or unavailable on iOS, iPadOS, watchOS, and macOS for 12+ hours  —  Apple is currently experiencing issues with its weather data provider, leaving many users unable to see live weather information and forecasts for regions in the Weather app.
Tom Bristow / Politico:
The UK ICO fines TikTok £12.7M, down from a £27M fine proposed in September 2022, for having ~1.4M UK users under the age of 13 and misusing their personal data  —  The ICO estimates that 1.4 million children in the UK were on TikTok in 2020.  —  LONDON — The U.K.'s data regulator …
Kim Masters / The Hollywood Reporter:
Many current and former Amazon executives, showrunners, and agents say Amazon Studios is confusing and frustrating; one showrunner says Studios has “no vision”  —  Despite ambitious bets like ‘Daisy Jones & The Six’ and the upcoming ‘Citadel,’ insiders complain that there's still …
Brandy Betz / CoinDesk:
Vancouver-based Web3 messaging protocol developer LayerZero Labs raised a $120M Series B at a $3B valuation, up from $1B in its $135M Series A+ in March 2022  —  The valuation is triple the level of the firm's previous funding round in March 2022.  —  Join the most important conversation …
James Vincent / The Verge:
Stanford's AI Index: in 2022, industry produced 32 notable ML models compared to academia's three, global private investment fell 26.7% YoY to $91.9B, and more  —  An annual report on AI progress has highlighted the increasing dominance of industry players over academia and government in deploying and safeguarding AI applications.
New York Times:
China opening its Micron investigation marks the most significant retaliation against US chip sanctions yet and undermines Beijing's open-for-business messaging  —  Beijing's security review of Micron Technology, which has deep roots in China, could have wide-ranging ramifications for other foreign businesses.
Krisztian Sandor / CoinDesk:
DeFi lending protocol Euler says a hacker returned all “recoverable funds” stolen in its ~$200M exploit; blockchain data shows the hacker apologized on March 28  —  Culprit had already apologized.  —  The hacker responsible for roiling Euler Finance by draining some $200 million …
Alexander Martin / The Record:
Genesis Market, a stolen credentials marketplace and one of the top cyber fraud platforms, was seized in an FBI-led operation with over a dozen global partners  —  Genesis Market was seized on Tuesday in an FBI-led operation involving more than a dozen international partners …
Ron Amadeo / Ars Technica:
Mark Gurman / Bloomberg:
Sources: Apple plans to eliminate a small number of its corporate retail staff, marking its first known cuts since embarking on a belt-tightening effort in 2022  —  Apple Inc. is eliminating a small number of roles within its corporate retail teams, according to people with knowledge of the matter …

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