April 19, 2023, 12:55 PM

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Washington Post:
Analysis: Google's C4 dataset, used to train LLMs like Meta's LLaMA, has troubling content from 4chan, Kiwi Farms, white supremacist site Stormfront, and more  —  AI chatbots have exploded in popularity over the past four months, stunning the public with their awesome abilities …
Netflix Q1: revenue up 4% YoY to $8.16B, 1.8M paid net additions, vs. 2.06M est. and -0.2M in Q1 2022, and global streaming paid memberships up 5% YoY to 232.5M  —  Netflix Inc (NFLX.O) on Tuesday reported first-quarter revenue and earnings roughly in line with Wall Street expectations …
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Natasha Lomas / TechCrunch:
The UK CMA opens a consultation after Google proposes letting developers use alternate payment methods for IAP and reducing its cut to settle an antitrust probe  —  Google has proposed letting developers offering apps through its UK Play mobile app store to have the option …
Wall Street Journal:
Some iPhone users say Apple's policies made it hard for them to regain access to their accounts after thieves used the optional Recovery Key to lock them out  —  The recovery key was designed to make Apple IDs safer.  Instead, these victims permanently lost family photos and other precious digital possessions.
Jennifer Elias / CNBC:
Docs: Google plans to unveil the Pixel Fold on May 10, offering a 7.6" main screen, a 5.8" outside screen, and Tensor G2, launching in June for upward of $1,700  —  - Google is planning to launch its first foldable smartphone at upward of $1,700, making it the highest price-point product …
Shirin Ghaffary / Vox:
Meta starts another round of layoffs, impacting technical teams; source: Meta will possibly layoff around 4,000 people in this round, out of the planned 10,000  —  The company plans to lay off employees on Wednesday, according to sources.  —  Meta will conduct another mass round of layoffs on Wednesday …
Yang Jie / Wall Street Journal:
Sources: TSMC is pushing back on some “unacceptable” conditions imposed by the US on chip-factory subsidies, as it seeks up to $15B in government support  —  With construction under way in Arizona, Taiwanese semiconductor maker calls some aid terms unacceptable
M. Sriram / Reuters:
Mark Gurman / Bloomberg:
Sources: Apple is developing VR apps and services for its upcoming headset across gaming, fitness, live sports, and collaboration, like FaceTime and Freeform  —  Apple Inc. is racing to build a trove of software and services for its upcoming mixed-reality headset, seeking to win …
Kyle Wiggers / TechCrunch:
Ditto, which provides a distributed database to let developers sync data across mobile and edge devices, emerges from stealth with a $45M Series A  —  Many apps today assume that data lives in only one location, typically a single cloud database.  But the reality is more complex.

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