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August 20, 2023, 9:30 PM

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Alex Reisner / The Atlantic:
Analysis: Books3, a dataset used to train Meta's Llama, BloombergGPT, and EleutherAI's GPT-J, contains 170K+ books from Stephen King and other authors  —  One of the most troubling issues around generative AI is simple: It's being made in secret.  To produce humanlike answers to questions …
Dayana Mustak / Bloomberg:
John Warnock, who co-founded Adobe in 1982 with Charles Geschke and was the company's CEO until 2000 and CTO until retiring in 2001, died on August 19 at age 82  —  Technology entrepreneur John Warnock, co-founder of Adobe Inc., died on Saturday at age 82, the company said in a statement.
Wall Street Journal:
Sources: Meta plans to launch a web version of Threads early this week  —  Meta Platforms plans to launch a web version of microblogging app Threads early this week, the biggest new feature to be introduced on its competitor to Elon Musk's X. The desktop version would address one of the biggest …
Matt Novak / Forbes:
Many images uploaded directly to X between 2011 and 2014 are not loading and links from those years that used Twitter's native shortening service are broken too  —  Twitter, the social media platform officially known as X, appears to have deleted all images from the website that were posted between 2011 and 2014.
Bill Toulas / BleepingComputer:
Windows file archiver utility maker WinRAR fixes a vulnerability that could let an attacker remotely execute arbitrary code, after a researcher flagged the flaw  —  A high-severity vulnerability has been fixed in WinRAR, the popular file archiver utility for Windows used by millions …
Amanda Hoover / Wired:
How Science, Nature, and other peer-reviewed journals are grappling with outlines, drafts, or papers that authors wrote using generative AI, without disclosure  —  Ethics watchdogs are looking out for potentially undisclosed use of generative AI in scientific writing.  But there's no foolproof way to catch it all yet.
Brody Ford / Bloomberg:
As Big Tech companies compel employees back to the office, some companies, like Atlassian, Airbnb, Dropbox, and Twilio, remain steadfast backers of remote work  —  - Some tech companies still see benefit of work-from-home policy  — Move runs counter to effort to revive US office comeback
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