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OpenAI staff release a letter, signed by Ilya Sutskever and 490+ others, saying they may quit and join Sam Altman unless the board resigns and reappoints Altman  —  Nearly 500 employees of OpenAI have signed a letter saying they may quit and join Sam Altman at Microsoft unless the startup's board resigns and reappoints the ousted CEO.
Manish Singh / TechCrunch:
Satya Nadella says Sam Altman, Greg Brockman, and OpenAI staff will join Microsoft's new “advanced AI research team” and Microsoft remains committed to OpenAI  —  Microsoft has hired OpenAI co-founders Sam Altman and Greg Brockman to head up a “new advanced AI research team,” …
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Ilya Sutskever / @ilyasut:
OpenAI co-founder Ilya Sutskever says he “deeply regrets” his “participation in the board's actions” and “never intended to harm OpenAI”  —  I deeply regret my participation in the board's actions. I never intended to harm OpenAI. I love everything we've built together and I will do everything I can to reunite the company.
Amir Efrati / The Information:
OpenAI director Ilya Sutskever said Sam Altman will not return as OpenAI CEO; OpenAI names Twitch co-founder Emmett Shear as interim CEO  —  Sam Altman won't return as CEO of OpenAI, despite efforts by the company's executives to bring him back, according to co-founder and board director Ilya Sutskever.
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New York Times:
Memo: OpenAI's board “stands by its decision as the only path to advance and defend” OpenAI's mission and criticizes “Sam's behavior and lack of transparency”  —  The announcement seemed to cap a tumultuous weekend for the A.I. company, as Mr. Altman made a push to reclaim his job.
Financial Times:
A look at OpenAI's wild weekend, as an internal debate over its future became public; investors say OpenAI still has not said why Altman was fired so abruptly  —  Internal debate about ChatGPT maker's mission exploded into view during wild few days of corporate drama
Ben Thompson / Stratechery:
Analyzing the Sam Altman-OpenAI saga: nonprofit issues, OpenAI giving for-profit work to Microsoft, staff exits, Altman's motivations, and the new AI landscape  —  I have, as you might expect, authored several versions of this Article, both in my head and on the page, as the most extraordinary weekend of my career has unfolded.
The Atlantic:
Sources describe how ChatGPT's success widened ideological rifts at OpenAI, and Ilya Sutskever began behaving like a spiritual leader expecting AGI's arrival  —  Sam Altman's weekend of shock and drama began a year ago, with the release of ChatGPT.  —  To truly understand the events …
Source: a number of announcements at DevDay infuriated OpenAI chief scientist Ilya Sutskever, like custom GPTs that OpenAI has said may one day run autonomously  —  The company couldn't balance nonprofit goals with an expensive business and billions in commercial ties
Cruise co-founder and CEO Kyle Vogt resigns, a month after California's DMV suspended Cruise's permits to operate self-driving cars on public roads  —  Kyle Vogt, the serial entrepreneur who co-founded and led Cruise from a startup in a garage through its acquisition and ownership by General Motors …
Sources: leading ad execs told Linda Yaccarino that she is risking her reputation and suggested she step down as X CEO to make a statement about antisemitism  —  In the aftermath of IBM, Disney, Apple and others pausing spending on X, formerly known as Twitter, top advertising executives made a personal appeal to CEO Linda Yaccarino.

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