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November 21, 2023, 11:05 AM

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Ars Technica:
Sources: 97%+ of OpenAI staff have signed the letter threatening to quit in board standoff; investors explore legal measures to force board to reverse course  —  OpenAI's future hangs in the balance as staff says they'll join former CEO at Microsoft.  —  The future of OpenAI remained uncertain …
The Verge:
Sources: Sam Altman's move to Microsoft is not a done deal; he and Brockman are open to returning to OpenAI if the remaining board members who fired him resign  —  Sam Altman's surprise move to Microsoft after his shock firing at OpenAI isn't a done deal.  He and co-founder Greg Brockman …
CNBC:
Satya Nadella says “it's very clear that something has to change around the governance” of OpenAI no matter where Sam Altman ends up  —  - Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella told CNBC on Monday that the company remains committed to OpenAI and Sam Altman.
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Adi Robertson / The Verge:
Texas' AG, “troubled” by Elon Musk's claims, probes Media Matters, which calls X's suit “frivolous”; X avoids anti-SLAPP statutes by filing in the 5th Circuit  —  X, formerly Twitter, has followed through with owner Elon Musk's threat to sue the left-leaning nonprofit Media Matters.
Sharon Knolle / The Wrap:
X files a defamation lawsuit against Media Matters, claiming the outlet “knowingly and maliciously” misrepresented the amount of antisemitic content on X  —  Musk says the watchdog org “would not let truth get in the way of a story”  —  Elon Musk has followed through on his threat …
Devin Coldewey / TechCrunch:
Stephanie Palazzolo / The Information:
Source: OpenAI's board approached Anthropic CEO Dario Amodei about a potential merger as part of an effort to persuade Amodei to replace Sam Altman as CEO  —  OpenAI's board of directors approached Dario Amodei, the co-founder and CEO of rival large-language model developer Anthropic …
Kate Clark / The Information:
Sources: OpenAI's board offered the interim CEO role to former GitHub CEO Nat Friedman and Scale AI CEO Alex Wang, before Emmett Shear accepted  —  Before Emmett Shear accepted the Interim CEO role at OpenAI, the board offered it to Nat Friedman, the former CEO of Microsoft-owned GitHub …
Olivia Solon / Bloomberg:
Nikhilesh De / CoinDesk:
In a lawsuit, the US SEC accuses Kraken of commingling customer and corporate funds while operating as an unregistered broker, clearing agency, and dealer  —  The U.S. crypto exchange is the latest targeted by the Securities and Exchange Commission in a series of similar actions being fought in court by other companies.
The Verge:
Epic v. Google: a Google exec confirms that Spotify pays no commission when users buy subscriptions via Spotify's payment system and 4% when they pay via Google  —  Music streaming service Spotify struck a seemingly unique and highly generous deal with Google for Android-based payments …
Lauren Goode / Wired:
Q&A with Del Harvey, who led Twitter's trust and safety team for 13 years until 2021, on the X rebrand, her role, Gamergate, Donald Trump, January 6, and more  —  From Israel vs. Hamas threats to Donald Trump's “wild” posts, Del Harvey helped make the platform's hardest content moderation calls for 13 years.
Aamir Siddiqui / Android Authority:
YouTube confirms that “users who have ad blockers installed may experience suboptimal viewing”, after users reported five-second delays on non-Chrome browsers  —  - Users are reportedly seeing a five-second delay when loading YouTube videos in non-Chrome browsers …
Financial Times:
Filings: Tether deposited $1B+ with Britannia Financial, founded by a Tory donor later charged by the US with bribery, a rare look at its banking relationships  —  Funds from the world's largest stablecoin issuer are at the centre of a High Court battle  —  Tether deposited more than $1bn …
Washington Post:
Investigation: as Amazon and Netflix back down on daring films, self-censorship pervades the Indian streaming industry due to pressure from Modi's ruling BJP  —  MUMBAI — Over a three-decade career, the filmmaker Anurag Kashyap often trained a critical eye on his native India as he wove tales …
Bloomberg:
Both the US and China see advanced chip packaging, once an afterthought, as a path to higher performance; Intel says the US has just 3% of global capacity  —  The emerging field of advanced packaging is being hailed as an inflection point for the semiconductor industry.  China is moving in on the same arena.
Zheping Huang / Bloomberg:
Chinese game streaming firm DouYu says police arrested founder Chen Shaojie on unspecified charges on or around November 16, confirming reports; DOYU drops 7%+  —  - Douyu's shares slide more than 7% in pre-market trading  — Beijing has periodically clamped down on internet content
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