August 22, 2023, 8:50 PM

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Joseph Cox / 404 Media:
A look at the dire state of Americans' privacy, worsened by credit bureaus' data policies; Telegram bots sell troves of personal info on targets for ~$15 in BTC  —  It took only a few seconds to uncover the target's entire life.  —  On the messaging app Telegram, I entered a tiny amount …
Tom Warren / The Verge:
To appease the UK, Microsoft restructures its Activision deal by committing to sell Activision's cloud gaming rights to Ubisoft; the UK CMA will now investigate  —  Microsoft is restructuring its proposed Activision Blizzard deal to transfer cloud gaming rights for current and new Activision Blizzard games to Ubisoft.
Dave James / PC Gamer:
Nvidia announces DLSS 3.5 with AI-powered Ray Reconstruction, designed to recognize patterns within a noisy image and improve clarity, available on all RTX GPUs  —  Bringing AI to bear on those noisy traced rays.  —  Nvidia has announced a gorgeous new update to its Deep Learning Super Sampling technology.
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Microsoft releases a public preview of Python in Excel, which will run Python calculations in Azure, first on Windows and then other platforms “at a later date”  —  Microsoft is bringing popular programming language Python to Excel.  A public preview of the feature is available today …
Emanuel Maiberg / 404 Media:
A look at CivitAI, a site for sharing AI models that generate images mostly trained on material scraped without consent, as non-consensual AI porn proliferates  —  On CivitAI, a site for sharing image generating AI models, users can browse thousands of models that can produce any kind …
Kyle Wiggers / TechCrunch:
OpenAI adds fine-tuning to GPT-3.5 Turbo, letting developers, for a fee, customize models with their own data to make them perform better for their use cases  —  OpenAI customers can now bring custom data to the lightweight version of GPT-3.5, GPT-3.5 Turbo — making it easier to improve …
Nilay Patel / The Verge:
An analysis of Google policy dilemmas as YouTube and UMG explore AI licensing, Google scrapes the web to train AI, and lawsuits threaten to upend copyright law  —  Google has made clear it is going to use the open web to inform and create anything it wants, and nothing can get in its way.
Jon Porter / The Verge:
Meta plans to let Instagram and Facebook users in the EU opt out of its recommendation algorithms for Reels, Stories, Search, and more, to comply with the DSA  —  Instagram and Facebook users in Europe are getting more options to opt out of Meta's recommendation algorithms, the company has explained in a blog post today.
Kyle Wiggers / TechCrunch:
Meta releases SeamlessM4T, an AI model that can translate and transcribe nearly 100 languages across text and speech, and SeamlessAlign, a translation dataset  —  In its quest to develop AI that can understand a range of different dialects, Meta has created an AI model, SeamlessM4T …
Makena Kelly / The Verge:
Meta says it remains committed to rolling out default E2EE for Messenger, which has opt-in E2EE, by the end of 2023, and shortly afterwards for Instagram DMs  —  Meta plans to roll out default end-to-end encryption for its Messenger product by the end of this year, the company confirmed in a blog post Tuesday.
Jay Peters / The Verge:
Meta is rolling out a Threads web app over the next few days that will let users post, interact with other posts, and look at the feed  —  Meta is finally launching a much more capable web app for Threads, the company announced on Tuesday.  You'll be able to post, interact with other posts …
Scharon Harding / Ars Technica:
3D printer maker Bambu Lab blames a cloud outage for an issue that caused some of its customers' devices to start printing without their consent  —  Bambu Lab says it will help with repairs, replacement parts.  —  Imagine waking in the middle of the night to the sound of your 3D printer, printing away.
Shubham Sharma / VentureBeat:
Nvidia and VMware extend partnership to help companies iterate on open models like Llama 2 for their AI apps, using Nvidia's NeMo framework on VMware's cloud  —  VMware and Nvidia today extended their decade-long strategic collaboration to announce a new fully-integrated solution focused on generative AI training and deployment.
Ioannis Kouvakas / Just Security:
A look at the UK government's planned revisions to its Investigatory Powers Act, including potential unintended consequences like slowing down security updates  —  The United Kingdom (U.K.) government has recently unveiled plans to revise the Investigatory Powers Act 2016 (IPA) …
Monica Chin / The Verge:
Asus ROG Strix Scar X3D review: the $3,700, 17" gaming laptop outperforms a pricier Intel Core i9-13980HX-based rival by up to 20% due to AMD's Ryzen 9 7945HX3D  —  AMD proclaimed that its Ryzen 9 7945HX3D would be the world's fastest mobile gaming chip.  It was right.
Kylie Robison / Fortune:
Elon Musk says that X plans to remove preview headlines from posts linking to articles, so that the previews show only the article's lead image and the URL  —  X, the social media platform previously known as Twitter, is planning a major change in how news articles appear on the service …
Kyle Wiggers / TechCrunch:
IBM unveils watsonx Code Assistant for IBM Z, which uses a code-generating AI model to translate COBOL code into Java, set for general availability in Q4 2023  —  COBOL, or Common Business Oriented Language, is one of the oldest programming languages in use, dating back to around 1959.

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