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November 17, 2023, 4:45 PM

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OpenAI:
Sam Altman departs as OpenAI CEO and leaves its board after a review by the board found he wasn't “consistently candid in his communications with the board”  —  The board of directors of OpenAI, Inc, the 501(c)(3) that acts as the overall governing body for all OpenAI activities …
Jay Peters / The Verge:
OpenAI CTO Mira Murati becomes its interim CEO; president Greg Brockman steps down as chairman of the board but remains in his role at the company  —  “Mr. Altman's departure follows a deliberative review process by the board, which concluded that he was not consistently candid in his communications …
Ina Fried / Axios:
Sources: Apple is pausing advertising on X after outcry over Musk's endorsement of an antisemitic tweet and reports that Apple ads ran next to pro-Nazi content  —  - The left-leaning nonprofit Media Matters for America published a report Thursday that highlighted Apple, IBM …
Nicholas Vinocur / Politico:
Internal note: the European Commission plans to “temporarily suspend” X advertising over widespread disinformation concerns and to avoid “reputational damage”  —  Ads on Musk-owned social media site risk causing ‘reputational damage’ to the EU, its executive says in internal note.
Hannah Murphy / Financial Times:
Todd Bishop / GeekWire:
Internal memo: Amazon plans to cut “several hundred roles” in its Alexa division as part of a broader shift in business priorities and a focus on generative AI  —  Amazon will eliminate several hundred roles in its Alexa division as part of a broader shift in priorities and a focus …
Chance Miller / 9to5Mac:
Apple plans to show green bubbles for RCS messages and keep iMessages blue to denote what the company considers is the most secure way for iPhone users to text  —  Earlier today, Apple announced its plans to bring RCS support to the iPhone in 2024.  Since I published my story on the news this morning …
Yogita Khatri / The Block:
Coinbase updates Coinbase Commerce with its new open-source Onchain Payment Protocol, which offers instant settlement, low fees, and broad asset support  —  - Coinbase has built an open source “Onchain Payment Protocol” to improve its Commerce product.  — The protocol currently supports Ethereum, Polygon and Base ecosystems.
Cristina Criddle / Financial Times:
Microsoft blocks the word Disney from Bing Image Creator after copyright concerns due to a viral trend where users created Disney film posters of their pets  —  Film company's logo was visible in mock-ups of movie illustrations featuring users' pets  —  Microsoft has tweaked …
Martin Coulter / Reuters:
The EU Court of Justice says Apple filed a legal case contesting the European Commission's decisions under the DMA; Meta and TikTok separately filed cases too  —  Apple (AAPL.O) has filed a legal case contesting decisions taken by the European Commission under its recently-introduced Digital Markets Act …
Bill Toulas / BleepingComputer:
The FBI and the CISA release an advisory detailing the tactics used by Scattered Spider, a hacker group that now collaborates with the BlackCat ransomware group  —  The Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency released an advisory …
Mike Wheatley / SiliconANGLE:
Meta unveils new AI tools to edit images and generate videos from text instructions, based on Emu, its model for image generation announced in September 2023  —  Artificial intelligence researchers from Meta Platforms Inc. said today they have made significant advances in AI-powered image and video generation.
Jonathan Greig / The Record:
MeridianLink confirms a cyberattack after a ransomware gang claimed to have reported the financial software company to the US SEC for not disclosing the breach  —  Financial software company MeridianLink confirmed that it is dealing with a cyberattack after the hackers behind …
Giulia Petroni / Wall Street Journal:
Italy's competition watchdog launches a probe into whether Meta has failed to provide adequate information on how to mark branded content on Instagram  —  Italy's competition watchdog has opened an investigation into whether Meta Platforms has failed to provide adequate information …
Jon Victor / The Information:
Sources: Google told some cloud customers not to expect Gemini access until Q1 2024, after previously saying they would get access to the LLM by November 2023  —  Google's company-defining effort to catch up to ChatGPT creator OpenAI is turning out to be harder than expected.

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