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May 1, 2023, 4:05 PM

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Cade Metz / New York Times:
An interview with AI pioneer Geoffrey Hinton, who left Google after over a decade to speak about AI's risks, on part of him regretting his life's work and more  —  For half a century, Geoffrey Hinton nurtured the technology at the heart of chatbots like ChatGPT.  Now he worries it will cause serious harm.
Matt Binder / Mashable:
Automattic plans to drop its WordPress plugin JetPack's ability to automatically tweet blog posts, citing Twitter's dramatic change to its API terms and pricing  —  Twitter continues to lose vital support from major companies.  —  When users set up a brand new WordPress-powered website …
Davey Alba / Bloomberg:
NewsGuard finds 49 websites with generic names like “News Live 79” using generative AI and posing as news outlets; some feature falsehoods and programmatic ads  —  The news-rating group NewsGuard has found dozens of news websites generated by AI chatbots proliferating online …
Rebecca Rubin / Variety:
The Super Mario Bros. Movie crosses $1B globally at the box office, becoming the first to do so in 2023 and the most financially successful video game movie yet  —  “The Super Mario Bros. Movie” is officially the first film of the year to cross the coveted $1 billion milestone at the global box office.
Forbes:
Bhutan has quietly been mining bitcoin since 2019, becoming the second country after El Salvador known to have a state-run mine, and is planning a 100 MW mine  —  The Himalayan kingdom confirmed it has been running a bitcoin mining operation as mystery surrounds the scale of its earlier cryptocurrency investments.
Financial Times:
The FDIC and California regulators say JPMorgan Chase plans to acquire most of First Republic Bank, which was a tad bigger than SVB and had $100B+ in outflows  —  Depositors protected but shareholders wiped out in country's second-largest bank failure  —  JPMorgan Chase is to acquire …
Dan Goodin / Ars Technica:
Becky Ferreira / VICE:
Researchers used a GPT AI model and fMRI readings to non-invasively decode continuous language from human subjects, a breakthrough in reading people's thoughts  —  An AI model similar to ChatGPT was combined with fMRI readings to non-invasively decode continuous language from subjects, a new study reports.
Mark Gurman / Bloomberg:
Sources: with watchOS 10, Apple plans to make widgets a core part of the Watch again; the widget system combines the old Glances and iOS 14's style of widgets  —  Apple is set to give its smartwatch a big software overhaul with watchOS 10, once again making widgets a core part of the device.

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