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May 2, 2023, 3:15 PM

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Kif Leswing / CNBC:
Apple and Google submit an industry specification proposal to address unwanted location tracking by Bluetooth devices and ask for input from other companies  —  - Apple and Google said that they are working together to prevent lost item trackers like Apple's AirTag from being used to track people without their permission.
Brody Ford / Bloomberg:
IBM CEO Arvind Krishna says the company plans to slow or stop back-office hiring, impacting ~26K staff, and ~30% could “easily” be replaced by AI in five years  —  International Business Machines Corp. Chief Executive Officer Arvind Krishna said the company expects to pause hiring …
Will Douglas Heaven / MIT Technology Review:
A profile of and interview with deep learning pioneer Geoffrey Hinton, including why he now thinks neural networks are “a new and better form of intelligence”  —  “I have suddenly switched my views on whether these things are going to be more intelligent than us.”
Lucas Ropek / Gizmodo:
The Writers Guild of America strikes after negotiations over pay and AI issues with Netflix, Disney, Apple, Amazon, Sony, and others failed; nearly 12K may join  —  The Writers Guild of America, the union that bargains on behalf of Hollywood's screenwriters, has called a strike after negotiations …
Bill Toulas / BleepingComputer:
Europol, the FBI, and others take down the dark web Monopoly Market, arrest 288 vendors and customers, and seize €50.8M in cash and crypto and 850kg of drugs  —  An international law enforcement operation codenamed ‘SpecTor’ has arrested 288 dark web vendors and customers worldwide …
Frank Chaparro / The Block:
Coinbase launches International Exchange, planning to let international users trade perpetual futures out of Bermuda, as the company tussles with US regulators  —  - Coinbase plans to let international users trade perpetual futures out of Bermuda through a new platform.
Mark Gurman / Bloomberg:
Memo: Samsung bans employees from using generative AI tools like ChatGPT, Google Bard, and Bing on company devices over concerns staff will leak sensitive data  —  Samsung Electronics Co. is banning employee use of popular generative AI tools like ChatGPT after discovering staff uploaded sensitive code …
Aaron Holmes / The Information:
Sources: Microsoft plans to sell a ChatGPT version on a dedicated cloud server in Q2 that separates the data from that of other clients and costs up to 10x more  —  Not everyone trusts OpenAI's ChatGPT.  —  While the new artificial intelligence-powered chatbot has proved popular …
Samantha Cole / VICE:
Pornhub disables its website in Utah after the state passed a porn site age verification law and now shows a video asking users to contact their representatives  —  People in Utah who visit Pornhub will now be greeted by adult performer Cherie DeVille asking them to tell their representatives to change their age verification law.
Mercedes Ruehl / Financial Times:
Letters: the EU and the US warn Malaysia over national security and foreign investment risks if the government gives Huawei a role in the country's 5G network  —  Kuala Lumpur's review of tender tests ability to juggle relations with the west and China  —  The EU and US have warned Malaysia …
Andrew Cunningham / Ars Technica:
Apple uses its Rapid Security Response feature, announced at WWDC 2022, to push a non-beta public update for the first time to iOS, iPadOS, and macOS users  —  Rapid Security Response updates haven't been released to the public until today.  —  When it announced iOS 16, iPadOS 16 …
New York Times:
Despite Google's October 2021 pledge to demonetize climate denial content, CCDH researchers find 100 YouTube videos with 18M+ views featuring ads for big brands  —  Google said in 2021 that it would stop running ads alongside videos and other content that denied the existence and causes of climate change.
Amelia Wattenberger:
Why chatbots are not the future of LLM interfaces: all users must learn what prompts work well, people will get sick of typing, responses are isolated, and more  —  Unfortunately for the countless hapless people I've talked to in the past few months, this was inexorable.
Dan Seifert / The Verge:
OnePlus Pad review: a bright screen, excellent build quality, and snappy performance, but limited built-in apps, subpar keyboard and stylus, and a mid-tier CPU  —  OnePlus' first tablet brings high-end features and specs to a midrange price point.  It reminds me of the OnePlus we used to know.

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