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August 14, 2023, 10:05 PM

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Lorena O'Neil / Rolling Stone:
A look at the years of warnings about AI from researchers, including several women of color, who say we need to take the problems and risks seriously today  —  Today the risks of artificial intelligence are clear — but the warning signs have been there all along  —  T  —  IMNIT GEBRU DIDN'T set out to work in AI.
Wall Street Journal:
Amazon Devices & Services SVP David Limp, who oversees Alexa, Echo, and other products, plans to leave the company later in 2023; a successor hasn't been named  —  David Limp's retirement will be latest departure from e-commerce giant's leadership under CEO Andy Jassy
Haleluya Hadero / Associated Press:
David Streitfeld / New York Times:
A look at publishers' legal fight against the Internet Archive's book lending program; the Internet Archive agreed to drop the publishers' “full book catalogs”  —  In the pandemic emergency, Brewster Kahle's Internet Archive freely lent out digital scans of its library.  Publishers sued.
Frank Chaparro / The Block:
Source: CoinDesk lays off 20 people, or 45%, of its editorial team as its parent company, Digital Currency Group, pursues the outlet's sale  —  - Crypto media company CoinDesk has reduced its workforce as parent company DCG's plans to bring in strategic investors.
Jay Peters / The Verge:
Netflix begins a “limited beta test” of its cloud-streamed games on the web, TVs, and streaming devices from Roku, LG, Amazon, and more, in Canada and the UK  —  Netflix is kicking off the first public tests of its cloud-streamed games. … In a blog post, Netflix VP …
Mark Gurman / Bloomberg:
Sources: Apple is planning a major “Watch X” redesign for the 10th anniversary; a look at the M3 roadmap, including a top M3 Ultra with 32 CPU and 80 GPU cores  —  Apple's next line of smartwatches is expected to be a minor upgrade.  Behind the scenes, though …
Gary Marcus / The Road to AI We Can Trust:
Generative AI could be a dud, so we shouldn't build around the premise that the tech is world-changing, which in hindsight may turn out to have been unrealistic  —  With the possible exception of the quick to rise and quick to fall alleged room-temperature superconductor LK-99 …
Ashley Capoot / CNBC:
PayPal names Intuit SVP Alex Chriss as its CEO, replacing longtime CEO Dan Schulman on September 27; the board cited Chriss' work acquiring Mailchimp for $12B  —  - Alex Chriss, the executive who runs the small business and self-employed group at Intuit, is the new CEO of PayPal, members of PayPal's board announced Monday.
Greg Stohr / Bloomberg:
Filing: the Biden administration urges SCOTUS to review key parts of Florida's and Texas' laws meant to restrict how social media companies can moderate content  —  - Biden administration urges review of laws in Texas, Florida  — Filing largely backs social media challenges to state laws
Andrew J. Hawkins / The Verge:
Ford hires former Apple VP of Services Peter Stern, who helped build Apple TV+, to form a team improving customers' software experience, part of the Ford+ plan  —  / Stern will oversee an effort to ‘create and market innovative customer experiences by integrating hardware, software and services.’

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