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May 22, 2023, 6:05 PM

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Sam Schechner / Wall Street Journal:
The EU fines Meta €1.2B for sending European user data to the US, a record GDPR fine, and orders Meta to end the transfers and delete the data within six months  —  Decision places pressure on Washington to implement surveillance changes for Europe to allow Meta to keep the data spigot open
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Chloe Xiang / VICE:
Some blue-check Twitter accounts, one pretending to be Bloomberg, spread an AI-generated image of an explosion at the Pentagon; the stock market briefly dipped  —  An AI-generated image of a fake explosion near the Pentagon went viral thanks to blue-check Twitter accounts.  —  Chloe Xiang
James Vincent / The Verge:
Some users say Twitter is restoring tweets and retweets that they had deleted, in what appears to be a new bug  —  Earlier this year on the 8th of May I deleted all my tweets, just under 5,000 of them. … This morning, though, I discovered that Twitter has restored a handful of my old re-tweets …
Ivan Mehta / TechCrunch:
New York Times:
After Google Photos labeled two Black people as “gorillas” in June 2015, photo apps from Google, Apple, Amazon, and Microsoft still can't identify most primates  —  Eight years after a controversy over Black people being mislabeled as gorillas by image analysis software …
John Harris / The Guardian:
An interview with AI researcher Timnit Gebru on her controversial sacking by Google in 2020, biases in AI and Big Tech, racism in Silicon Valley, and more  —  The Ethiopian-born computer scientist lost her job after pointing out the inequalities built into AI.
Paul Alcorn / Tom's Hardware:
Top500: 121 of the 500 fastest supercomputers globally are powered by AMD silicon, up 29% YoY; AMD also powers seven of the top ten systems on the Green500 list  —  AMD's silicon churns out the flops.  —  The Top 500 list of the fastest supercomputers in the world was released today …
Bobby Allyn / NPR:
TikTok sues Montana over its new law banning the app, citing the First Amendment, the state's lack of authority on national security issues, and more  —  TikTok has filed a federal lawsuit against Montana after the state passed a law last week intended to ban the app from being downloaded within its borders.
Kellen Browning / New York Times:
Email: Uber suspends its diversity head, Bo Young Lee, for hosting sessions on race titled “Don't Call Me Karen”, which attendees felt were insensitive to PoC  —  The executive hosted sessions about race and being a white woman that were titled “Don't Call Me Karen,” prompting an employee uproar.
Devin Coldewey / TechCrunch:
OpenAI CEO Sam Altman, President Greg Brockman, and Chief Scientist Ilya Sutskever say we'll likely need an international regulatory body for superintelligence  —  AI is developing rapidly enough and the dangers it may pose are clear enough that OpenAI's leadership believes that the world needs …
Wall Street Journal:
China's Micron ban may boost Samsung's and SK Hynix's sales, an uncomfortable position for South Korea given the companies' exposure to Chinese and US pressure  —  Samsung, SK Hynix would be best positioned to fill Micron's void, though geopolitical pressure from both Beijing and Washington make for a tough choice
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Rhiannon Williams / MIT Technology Review:
Meta unveils open-source AI models it says can identify 4,000+ spoken languages and produce speech for 1,000+ languages, an increase of 40x and 10x respectively  —  They could help lead to speech apps for many more languages than exist now.  —  Meta has built AI models that can recognize …
Tiyashi Datta / Reuters:
Zoom reports Q1 revenue of $1.11B, vs. $1.08B est., up 3% YoY, Enterprise revenue of $632M, up 13% YoY, and customers contributing $100K+ annually up ~23% YoY  —  Zoom Video Communications Inc (ZM.O) on Monday raised its annual revenue forecast, betting on hybrid work trends to sustain demand for its video-conferencing services.

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