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September 11, 2023, 7:45 AM

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Associated Press:
Research: ChatGPT uses an estimated 500ml of water for every five to 50 prompts; Microsoft disclosed the company's water use spiked 34% YoY in 2022, Google 20%  —  The cost of building an artificial intelligence product like ChatGPT can be hard to measure.  But one thing Microsoft-backed OpenAI needed …
Reuters:
Filing: Instacart aims to raise up to $616M in its IPO at an up to $7.73B valuation and prices shares at $26 to $28; the listing is expected later this month  —  Instacart is aiming for a valuation of up to $7.73 billion in its initial public offering in New York, the grocery delivery service said on Monday …
Mark Gurman / Bloomberg:
An expected high-end iPhone price increase and features like iPhone 15 Pro Max's periscope lens show Apple is getting more aggressive with its premium strategy  —  Apple is set to unveil the iPhone 15 on Tuesday, alongside updated watches and AirPods.  And once again, the company …
Manish Singh / TechCrunch:
Coinbase emails its customers in India to say the company plans to cease operations in the country from September 25, advising users to withdraw remaining funds  —  Coinbase said Monday that it disabled new user sign-up on its exchange product in India in June of this year but remains committed …
Wall Street Journal:
Sources: Meta plans to begin training a new LLM in Q1 2024 on its own infrastructure and hopes the model will be roughly as capable as OpenAI's GPT-4  —  Parent of Facebook and Instagram wants artificial-intelligence system to be as capable as OpenAI's most advanced model  —  Platforms is setting its sights on OpenAI.
Molly White / Web3 is Going Just Great:
Vitalik Buterin's X account was hacked to promote a crypto scam, leading to an estimated $650K+ of assets being stolen; the tweet was deleted within 20 minutes  —  The Twitter account belonging to Vitalik Buterin, inventor and effective leader of the Ethereum project, was hacked to promote a crypto scam.
Max Tani / Semafor:
NewsWhip data on 300K influential X users suggests X is throttling posts linking to the NYT, with “weekly average shares per article” down ~75% from July's peak  —  X, Elon Musk's social media platform formerly known as Twitter, appears to be attempting to limit its users' access to The New York Times.
Zack Abrams / The Block:
FTX sues cross-chain swap protocol builder LayerZero Labs, seeking to undo a $45M deal made four days before FTX filed for bankruptcy and a $40M cash withdrawal  —  - The FTX estate is suing blockchain infrastructure company LayerZero Labs in an attempt to undo a $45M deal made in the midst of its collapse.
Brenda Goh / Reuters:
Alibaba Cloud Intelligence Group CEO Daniel Zhang steps down, after assuming the role in June 2023; Alibaba CEO Eddie Wu becomes the unit's acting chair and CEO  —  China's Alibaba Group (9988.HK) said on Sunday that Daniel Zhang will step down from its cloud business, in a surprise move …
Michael S. Rosenwald / Washington Post:
Dennis Austin, who was PowerPoint's principal developer and continued to lead the presentation software's team until retiring in 1996, died on September 1 at 76  —  The program was the digital successor of the overhead projector.  It became one of the most ubiquitous and scorned programs of modern office life.
Wall Street Journal:
A competition between Wharton MBA students and ChatGPT that judges generating ideas for a new product or service finds that 35 of the top 40 came from ChatGPT  —  We put humans and AI to the test.  The results weren't even close.  —  How good is AI in generating new ideas?

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