May 12, 2023, 12:00 AM

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Elon Musk / @elonmusk:
Elon Musk says he hired a CEO for X/Twitter and “she will be starting in ~6 weeks”; Musk will become “exec chair & CTO” overseeing “product, software, & sysops”  —  Excited to announce that I've hired a new CEO for X/Twitter. She will be starting in ~6 weeks! My role will transition to being exec chair & CTO, overseeing product, software & sysops.
Wall Street Journal:
Sources: NBCUniversal's head of advertising Linda Yaccarino is in talks to become the new CEO of Twitter  —  Twitter owner Elon Musk said earlier he had picked a new chief executive, without naming the person  —  NBCUniversal's head of advertising Linda Yaccarino is in talks to become …
Kyle Wiggers / TechCrunch:
Anthropic expands Claude's context window from 9K to 100K tokens, or ~75K words it can digest and analyze; OpenAI's GPT-4 has a context window of ~32K tokens  —  Historically and even today, poor memory has been an impediment to the usefulness of text-generating AI.
Ivan Mehta / TechCrunch:
Meta announces AI Sandbox, with generative AI tools to help select advertisers create text variations, background images from text, and cropped images  —  Meta today announced an AI Sandbox for advertisers to help them create alternative copies, background generation through text prompts …
James Cirrone / Blockworks:
Coinbase apologizes for its newsletter calling Pepe the Frog a “hate symbol”, saying its overview “did not provide the whole picture of the history of the meme”  —  Coinbase has come out with an apology for its recent newsletter suggesting Pepe the Frog was a “hate symbol.”
Ryan Dinsdale / IGN:
Riot Games names its global president A. Dylan Jadeja as the company's new CEO starting later in 2023, succeeding Nicolo Laurent, who will stay on as an advisor  —  Succeeding Nicolo Laurent.  —  IGN can reveal that Riot Games global president A. Dylan Jadeja will succeed Nicolo Laurent as the company's CEO later this year.
EU lawmakers agree to ban facial recognition use in public and predictive policing tools, and set transparency rules on generative AI; details must be finalized  —  European lawmakers came a step closer to passing new rules regulating artificial intelligence tools such as ChatGPT …
Matthew Gault / VICE:
Twitter appears to disable autocomplete in its search bar after users pointed out that the feature was recommending gory videos of animal abuse and war footage  —  Searching for dog and cat videos returned horrifying results.  —  Matthew Gault  —  Twitter has disabled autocomplete …
Alvise Armellini / Reuters:
Italy's AGCM opens an investigation into Apple over exempting its own apps from ATT, a day after the EU confirmed sending Apple Pay questionnaires to retailers  —  Italy's antitrust agency AGCM said on Thursday it had opened a probe into U.S. technology giant Apple (AAPL.O) for alleged abuse of its dominant position in the apps market.
Jagmeet Singh / TechCrunch:
WhatsApp rolls out back-end updates to tackle spam calls, particularly prevalent in India, using its AI and ML systems, hoping to reduce the spam calls by 50%+  —  WhatsApp has announced that it has introduced back-end updates to tackle spam calls, which are particularly prevalent in India right now.
Sean Hollister / The Verge:
Review of the $700 Asus ROG Ally: fast performance and a smooth variable refresh screen, but Windows is hard to use on a handheld and the UI has major glitches  —  A big step forward for Windows handhelds — but is Windows the way forward at all? … Windows handheld gaming PCs existed before the Deck …
Tom Mitchelhill / Cointelegraph:
The US Chamber of Commerce filed an amicus brief on May 9 in the Coinbase v. SEC case, slamming the regulator for its “haphazard, enforcement-based approach”  —  The largest business organization in the world has thrown its weight behind Coinbase in its fight against the SEC.
Sensor Tower: Bluesky had 628K mobile downloads in April 2023, up 606% from March, when its Android app launched, in addition to iOS; Mastodon had 90K downloads  —  - Bluesky has exploded in popularity over the past few months as measured by the number of mobile app downloads on both iOS and Android platforms.
Ted Chiang / New Yorker:
Similar to McKinsey and other consulting firms, AI advancements may help concentrate wealth, disempower workers, and “sharpen the knife blade of capitalism”  —  As it's currently imagined, the technology promises to concentrate wealth and disempower workers.  Is an alternative possible?
SoftBank reports Vision Fund lost ~$2B in Q4, down from ~$16B in Q4 2022, leading to a record ~$32B full fiscal year loss; investments in the year fell to ~$3B  —  SoftBank Group Corp. lost money in its Vision Fund investment unit again despite a rebound in tech stocks …

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