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April 6, 2023, 12:40 PM

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Washington Post:
Study: ChatGPT cited nonexistent Washington Post, Miami Herald, and Los Angeles Times articles and fabricated a sexual harassment story about a law professor  —  The AI chatbot can misrepresent key facts with great flourish, even citing a fake Washington Post article as evidence
Oliver Knight / CoinDesk:
The Australian Securities and Investments Commission cancels Binance Australia's derivatives license, giving the exchange until April 21 to close all positions  —  The exchange will close all of its customers' open derivatives positions by April 21.  The Australian Securities and Investments Commission …
Jagmeet Singh / TechCrunch:
Google plans to restrict personal loan apps from accessing sensitive user data like photos, videos, and contacts from May 31, in response to predatory behavior  —  Google plans to restrict apps that offer loan to individuals from accessing sensitive user data such as photos, videos and contacts …
Abner Li / 9to5Google:
Reuters:
Sources: Tesla staff privately shared videos from customers' car cameras between 2019 and 2022 on internal messaging apps, including a child being hit by a car  —  Tesla Inc assures its millions of electric car owners that their privacy “is and will always be enormously important to us.”
Miles Kruppa / Wall Street Journal:
An interview with Sundar Pichai on plans to add generative AI to Search, why chatbots do not threaten Google's Search ads business, efficiency drive, and more  —  ‘More work left to do’ in efficiency drive, chief executive says  —  Google plans to add conversational artificial-intelligence features …
The Block:
OPNX, an exchange for trading bankruptcy claims from 3AC founders Su Zhu and Kyle Davie, had just $13.64 in volume in its first 24 hours; OPNX's FLEX drops 27%+  —  - OPNX did not start off with a bang.  — The exchange's token, FLEX, is down 27%, trading at $1.95.
Andy Baio / Waxy.org:
macOS users find a copy of the Bitcoin whitepaper on every Mac running macOS Mojave or newer, as a sample document for a hidden “Virtual Scanner II” app  —  While trying to fix my printer today, I discovered that a PDF copy of Satoshi Nakamoto's Bitcoin whitepaper apparently shipped …
Bloomberg:
Sources: Google and Amazon struggle to lay off workers in Germany, France, and other EU countries due to stringent labor laws and prolonged union negotiations  —  After announcing the largest rounds of layoffs in their history, US big tech companies are now learning how difficult it is to reduce headcount in Europe.
Cho Mu-Hyun / ZDNet:
Samsung announces a multi-year extension with AMD on their IP licensing agreement to bring multiple generations of AMD Radeon graphics to more Exynos SoCs  —  Samsung said on Thursday that it has signed a multi-year extension with AMD on their licensing agreement which gives …
Jay Caspian Kang / New Yorker:
Utah's bills restricting kids' social media use have galling civil-liberties concerns and hazy enforcement plans, and will likely face constitutional challenges  —  Most people seem to agree that something should be done to protect kids from what sure looks like an addictive product.
Andy Bell:
A Mastodon user since 2018 details issues with the service despite decentralization's promise, like few Twitter friends, little diversity, and tone policing  —  I first joined Mastodon in 2018 (even though my old profile says 2016?), so I'd say I've seen a lot of its evolution.
OpenAI:
OpenAI details its approach to AI safety, including evaluating AI systems, improving safeguards based on real-world use, protecting kids, and respecting privacy  —  OpenAI is committed to keeping powerful AI safe and broadly beneficial.  We know our AI tools provide many benefits to people today.
Kevin Varley / Bloomberg:
US Census data: US chip imports rose 17% YoY to $4.86B in February 2023; Asia accounted for 83%, led by Malaysia at 20%, Taiwan at 15.1%, and Vietnam at 11.6%  —  Thailand, Vietnam, India and Cambodia have emerged as early winners this year as semiconductor production begins to move away …
Natasha Singer / New York Times:
Lower-income US students feel they are at a disadvantage when pursuing Big Tech internships, as the selection process exhibits longstanding inequities in hiring  —  Critics say the intern selection process often favors wealthier students, just like the admission process at some elite colleges.
Semafor:
Tests show that Twitter's “stay informed” labels, added in February 2022 to flag tweets with links to Russia- or China-controlled media, no longer appear  —  Twitter is no longer taking steps to limit the reach of Chinese and Russian state-controlled media outlets, violating the social media platform's own stated policies.
Matt Novak / Forbes:
Bloomberg:
A look at Anthony Scaramucci's SkyBridge, which went from $9.2B in assets in 2015 to $1.8B in 2022 and sold a 30% stake to FTX for $45M in September 2022  —  On Jan. 31, Anthony Scaramucci sat onstage at a hedge fund conference in Miami, answering questions about, among other things, his former business partner Sam Bankman-Fried.
Jonathan Vanian / CNBC:
Influencers, small businesses, and others say Meta gutting its customer service teams during layoffs has left them grappling with scammers and technical issues  —  - Meta's two rounds of layoffs are affecting the company's already poor customer service for users, influencers, communities and businesses.

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