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August 8, 2023, 6:00 PM

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Ian King / Bloomberg:
Nvidia unveils the GH200 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
Kyle Wiggers / TechCrunch:
Nvidia announces AI Workbench, which lets users create, test, and customize LLMs from Hugging Face and others on local workstations before using cloud resources  —  Timed to coincide with SIGGRAPH, the annual AI academic conference, Nvidia this morning announced a new platform designed to let users create …
Samuel Axon / Ars Technica:
Dutch engineer Bram Moolenaar, who in 1991 released and then maintained the very popular Vim open-source code editor, died on August 3 at 62  —  The open source software legend left us on August 3 at age 62.  —  Computing as we know it today was built in no small part by individuals …
The Guardian:
The UK Electoral Commission reports a hack by “hostile actors” starting in August 2021 and discovered in October 2022; the full scope isn't “conclusively” known  —  Names and addresses of 40 million registered voters were accessible as far back as 2021 after cyber-attack
Casey Newton / Platformer:
Given 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
Jane Friedman:
An author finds “garbage books”, most likely AI-generated, uploaded to Amazon under her name and added to Goodreads; both services have since removed the titles  —  Update (afternoon of Aug. 7): Hours after this post was published, my official Goodreads profile was cleaned of the offending titles.
Amanda Silberling / TechCrunch:
Hugh Son / CNBC:
The SEC fines 11 Wall Street firms $289M total for poor recordkeeping by using apps including Signal, WhatsApp, and iMessage; CFTC fines four banks $260M total  —  - U.S. regulators on Tuesday announced a combined $549 million in penalties against Wall Street firms that failed to maintain electronic records of employee communications.
Bloomberg:
TSMC plans to build a €10B plant in Germany's Dresden, owning 70% of the fab while Infineon, NXP, and Bosch each hold 10% stakes, set to open by the end of 2027  —  - Taiwanese giant will own 70% of fab in eastern city of Dresden  — Facility to supply auto, industrial sectors starting in 2027
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Netflix launches a game controller app on the App Store to let users play Netflix games on their TV; the app description says the feature is “coming soon”  —  After last fall signaling its intentions to expand into cloud gaming, Netflix today launched a new app that will soon allow subscribers to play games on their TV.
Nikkei Asia:
Source: Apple, Samsung, Nvidia, and Intel plan to invest in Arm as soon as its Nasdaq IPO in September 2023; SoftBank owns 75% of Arm and Vision Fund owns 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 …
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.
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:
Google debuts Project IDX, an AI-enabled browser-based dev environment using the open-source Visual Studio Code and that integrates Google's PaLM 2-based Codey  —  Google today announced the launch of Project IDX, its foray into offering an AI-enabled browser-based development environment …
Abner Li / 9to5Google:
Google updates Messages with group end-to-end encryption and turns RCS on by default for new and existing users, but some have to agree to their carrier's ToS  —  After testing group end-to-end encryption for the past few months, Google Messages has now fully rolled it out and is enabling RCS by default too.
Wall Street Journal:
EchoStar co-founder Charlie Ergen strikes a deal to merge Dish and EchoStar, a move aimed at getting the funds for a wireless network to rival AT&T and Verizon  —  Deal aims to give Dish the financial flexibility it needs to compete in the next generation of wireless
Paul Sawers / TechCrunch:
Spotify expands its AI-powered DJ beta, available in the app's Music feed, to ~50 markets, six months after debuting the English-only feature in North America  —  Spotify is expanding its AI-powered “DJ” to dozens of markets globally, six months after debuting the feature in North America.
Jagmeet Singh / TechCrunch:
WhatsApp introduces screen sharing during video calls, rolling out gradually on Android, iOS, and Windows, and support for Landscape mode on video calls  —  WhatsApp today introduced screen sharing as its latest feature to enhance the video calling experience on its platform …

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