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November 1, 2023, 2:45 PM

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Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
At the UK's AI Safety Summit, the UK releases the Bletchley Declaration, signed by 29 countries, and the US Commerce Secretary announces an AI Safety Institute  —  The world is locked in a race, and competition, over dominance in AI, but today, a few of them appeared to come together …
Financial Times:
Ahead of the UK's AI summit, Chinese scientists warned of AI's “existential risk to humanity”; the UK announces that South Korea will host the next AI Summit  —  Attendees of Bletchley Park gathering convened by UK premier Rishi Sunak warn of ‘existential risk to humanity’
Washington Post:
CoinDesk:
The US SEC charges SafeMoon and its exec team for selling unregistered crypto securities and misappropriating investors' funds the team had said were “locked”  —  SafeMoon's CEO and chief technology officer were arrested, accused of withdrawing more than $200M to buy luxury cars …
Bloomberg:
A look at Apple's ambition to revolutionize health care: some breakthroughs marred by philosophical disagreements, a culture of conservatism, and tech realities  —  The company is working on big things, but employees disagree over whether they should be serving people who are healthy or sick.
Mark Gurman / Bloomberg:
Sources: Apple plans new health features for 2024's Apple Watch, like an elevated blood pressure sensor, and a paid health coaching service, possibly using AI  —  - AirPods will get hearing-aid capability and hearing tests  — AI health coach in the works, as are Vision Pro health tools
David Pierce / The Verge:
US v. Google offers a rare look at Google's top 20 queries by revenue for a week in September 2018: iPhone, insurance, cheap flights, online colleges, and more  —  Not all Google searches make Google money.  Google often says that it only shows ads on about 20 percent of queries, the ones it calls “commercial queries.”
AI Snake Oil:
What Biden's EO means for AI openness, and why a compute threshold is unlikely to effectively anticipate individual models' riskiness, but may work in aggregate  —  Good news on paper, but the devil is in the details  —  The Biden-Harris administration has issued an executive order on artificial intelligence.
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Brian Steinberg / Variety:
Shareholder letter: Netflix says its ad tier has 15M+ MAUs globally, accounting for ~30% of new sign-ups where it's available, and plans new ad formats for 2024  —  Netflix is ready to use “The Crown,” “Squid Game” and other signature series to take ad dollars from rival streamers.
Jason Schreier / Bloomberg:
Sources: Sony's Bungie cut ~100 jobs out of ~1,200 after executives said revenue was 45% below projections for the year, citing a drop in Destiny 2's popularity  —  - Sales at studio were running 45% below projections for year  — Layoffs are part of a bigger revamp at Sony PlayStation unit
New York Times:
On his final day of testimony, SBF denied knowing that billions of dollars in customer money had been misappropriated until shortly before FTX collapsed  —  The founder of the FTX crypto exchange was grilled by a federal prosecutor for a second day, just before both sides rested their case in the criminal fraud trial.
Joshua Oliver / Financial Times:
New York Times:
Check Point details Iran's monthslong hacking espionage campaign targeting the country's rivals, like Israel, underscoring Iran's improved hacking capabilities  —  A monthslong hacking campaign targeted the governments of regional rivals, including Israel, and marked a turn, a new report says …

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