August 17, 2023, 5:55 AM

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Kyle Wiggers / TechCrunch:
OpenAI acquires New York-based AI design studio Global Illumination, marking the company's first public acquisition; the terms of the deal weren't disclosed  —  OpenAI, the AI company behind the viral AI-powered chatbot ChatGPT, has acquired Global Illumination, a New York-based startup leveraging AI …
Makena Kelly / The Verge:
NYC bans TikTok on city-owned devices and asks agencies to remove the app within 30 days; a NYC Cyber Command review found that TikTok “posed a security threat”  —  New York City is banning TikTok from city-owned devices and requiring agencies to remove the app within the next 30 days.
Vitalik Buterin / Vitalik Buterin's website:
A deep dive into X's Community Notes, including how the algorithm works, whether the feature actually fights polarization, and its use in high-stakes situations  —  Special thanks to Dennis Pourteaux and Jay Baxter for feedback and review.  —  The last two years of Twitter X have been tumultuous, to say the least.
Vlad Turiceanu / Windows Report:
Leaked images show Lenovo's new Legion Go, a Windows 11 gaming handheld that appears to combine features of the Steam Deck, Asus ROG Ally, and Nintendo Switch  —  Here's a first look at Lenovo's new gaming handheld, the Legion Go  —  Lenovo is working on a gaming handheld called Legion Go …
New York Times:
Inside Def Con AI Village 2023, which attracted 2,200 people competing in a White House-backed challenge to find vulnerabilities in popular generative AI models  —  The hackers had the blessing of the White House and leading A.I. companies, which want to learn about vulnerabilities before those with nefarious intentions do.
Foreign Affairs:
Effective global governance of AI doesn't stand a chance without collaboration with tech companies and policymakers agreeing on basic AI governance principles  —  It's 2035, and artificial intelligence is everywhere.  AI systems run hospitals, operate airlines, and battle each other in the courtroom.
Mehul Srivastava / Financial Times:
A number of cyber security professionals called in by companies and governments to tackle organized hacking groups say their work is attracting physical threats  —  Computer experts called in to tackle organised hacking groups say their work is attracting physical threats
Shaurya Malwa / CoinDesk:
Shiba Inu's Ethereum layer-2 network Shibarium, which hopes to lure users with low fees to an ecosystem focused on financial services and gaming, goes live  —  The much-awaited Shibarium network saw over 21 million wallets created during its testnet and is expected to position Shiba Inu as a serious DeFi contender.
Alex Cranz / The Verge:
YouTube channel Linus Tech Tips pauses production after accusations of theft, ethical lapses, and sexual harassment, and plans to hire an outside investigator  —  Linus Sebastian's Linus Media Group YouTube empire is currently in crisis, with accusations of theft, lapses in ethics, and most recently, allegations of sexual harassment.
Helene Braun / CoinDesk:
Crypto hardware wallet maker Ledger partners with PayPal to let US users buy BTC, ETH, BCH, and LTC in its Ledger Live app through their PayPal accounts  —  Users of Ledger Live, the company's feature that lets you buy crypto with fiat currency, will now be able to connect their PayPal account to the app.
Dan Garisto / Nature:
A look at studies saying LK-99 is not a superconductor and that impurities in the material were responsible for its superconducting-like behaviors  —  You can also search for this author in  —  PubMed Google Scholar  —  Researchers seem to have solved the puzzle of LK-99.
Sarah Zheng / Bloomberg:
Sources: Chinese regulators met with Walmart, PayPal, and other foreign companies to help navigate China's new data security rules, hoping to ease some fears  —  - Walmart, PayPal among foreign firms that met CAC last week  — They discussed fast-tracking some data transfers abroad
Gerrit De Vynck / Washington Post:
Researchers find ChatGPT has a “significant and systematic political bias” toward the Democrats in the US, Lula in Brazil, and the Labour Party in the UK  —  Chatbots are ingrained with political biases picked up from their training data — which in most cases is unfiltered text from the web
Caitlin Harrington / Wired:
OSHA investigations and 11 interviews: Amazon's first aid clinics put warehouse staff at risk by keeping them working instead of referring them to medical care  —  A WIRED investigation and federal citations show how first aid clinics in Amazon warehouses sometimes direct injured employees …
Jay Peters / The Verge:
Epic Games expands its Epic Online Services crossplay tools from PC to PlayStation, Xbox, and Switch, helping developers more easily add crossplay multiplayer  —  The change could mean that developers will be able to more easily bring crossplay multiplayer to their games.

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