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August 8, 2023, 12:25 PM

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Rowena Mason / The Guardian:
The UK Electoral Commission reports a hack by “hostile actors” starting in August 2021 and identified in October 2022; the full scope isn't “conclusively” known  —  Watchdog apologises for security breach in which names and addresses were accessible as far back as 2021
Jane Friedman:
An author finds multiple “garbage books” uploaded to Amazon under her name, most likely AI-generated, and on Goodreads, which removed them after her complaint  —  Update: Hours after this post was published, my Goodreads profile was cleaned of the offending titles.
Amanda Silberling / TechCrunch:
Casey Newton / Platformer:
After the countless times Elon Musk has walked back announcements, the business media must rethink its coverage of X, Musk, and the fight with Mark Zuckerberg  —  After a weekend of whoppers about X and fighting Mark Zuckerberg, the press should take a more skeptical approach
Nikkei Asia:
Source: Apple, Samsung, Nvidia, and Intel plan to invest in Arm's US IPO as soon as shares are listed in September; SoftBank owns 75% of Arm and Vision Fund 25%  —  SoftBank chip design unit to debut on Nasdaq, market cap seen topping $60bn  —  SoftBank Group plans to list shares in its chip deign unit …
Bloomberg:
TSMC agrees to build a €10B plant in Germany's Dresden, owning 70% of the facility with Infineon, NXP, and Bosch each holding 10% stake, set to open in 2027  —  - Taiwanese giant will own 70% of fab in eastern city of Dresden  — Facility to supply auto, industrial sectors starting in 2027
Ian King / Bloomberg:
Nvidia announces the Grace Hopper Superchip, a combination GPU and CPU relying on high-bandwidth memory 3, or HBM3e, expected to enter production in Q2 2024  —  - Company is upgrading lineup that fueled $1 trillion valuation  — New chip could make it harder for rivals like AMD to catch up
Steven Levy / Wired:
Q&A with Grimes on her “c” persona, letting people use her voice in their music, AI, social media, Elon Musk, NFTs, a stronger sense of ethics in tech, and more  —  Claire Boucher is open sourcing her musical persona to let people create their own version of Grimes with AI.
Richard Lawler / The Verge:
A US judge denies Google a summary judgment in a $5B lawsuit over the company tracking users' activities in Incognito mode, pushing the case closer to a trial  —  / Judge Yvonne Gonzalez-Rogers denied Google's push for a summary judgment in a lawsuit over the way it tracked internet activity …
Melissa Heikkilä / MIT Technology Review:
Researchers tested 14 LLMs for political bias and found OpenAI's GPT-4 was the most left-wing libertarian and Meta's LLaMA was the most right-wing authoritarian  —  New research explains you'll get more right- or left-wing answers, depending on which AI model you ask.  —  Should companies have social responsibilities?
Kristi Hines / Search Engine Journal:
Mark Gurman / Bloomberg:
Developer logs: Apple is testing M3 Max with a 16-core CPU, a 40-core GPU, and 48GB of RAM, in a new MacBook Pro that Apple is expected to launch in 2024  —  - The chip has 16 central processing cores and 40 for graphics  — Company is testing flurry of new Macs as it seeks sales boost
Jpatokal / Gyrovague:
A look at archive.today, an opaque service to access paywalled content that hosts 1,000TB and uses a Russian analytics engine and Europe-based data centers  —  Do you like reading articles in publications like Bloomberg, the Wall Street Journal or the Economist, but can't afford to pay …
Jennifer Pattison Tuohy / The Verge:
Matter's biggest problem is that companies can't agree on how to support Thread, a protocol Matter picked, especially for border routers joining mesh networks  —  The Thread protocol offers a robust mesh network designed to solve many of the smart home's biggest problems.
Rita Liao / TechCrunch:
China releases draft rules for limiting the use of facial recognition to “specific purposes and full necessity”, requiring individual approval, and more  —  The pervasive use of facial recognition technology across all facets of life in China has elicited both praise for its convenience and backlash around privacy concerns.

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