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November 30, 2023, 6:20 AM

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Rachel Metz / Bloomberg:
In a blog post, OpenAI CEO Sam Altman says Ilya Sutskever won't be a board member, but the company is “discussing how he can continue his work at OpenAI”  —  - Sam Altman is officially back as CEO of the AI startup  — Mira Murati will retain her post as chief technology officer
Alex Heath / The Verge:
OpenAI adds Microsoft as a non-voting observer on the nonprofit board that controls OpenAI, and makes Sam Altman's return as CEO official  —  Sam Altman is officially OpenAI's CEO again.  —  Just before Thanksgiving, the company said it had reached a deal in principle for him to return, and now it's done.
Alex Heath / The Verge:
Q&A with Sam Altman on his firing, returning to OpenAI, improving its governance, Q*, lessons from the saga, and more; Altman does not say why he was fired  —  “Clearly our governance structure had a problem,” according to Altman. … When OpenAI's board asked Sam Altman to return …
Lora Kolodny / CNBC:
Elon Musk dismisses fear of advertisers leaving X after his controversial posts: “If somebody's gonna try to blackmail me with advertising ... go fuck yourself”  —  - In recent weeks, Musk has promoted and sometimes verbally endorsed what the White House called “antisemitic and racist hate” …
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Jacob Kastrenakes / The Verge:
Elon Musk calls his November 15 X post a mistake that “handed a loaded gun to those who hate me and arguably to those who are antisemitic”, for which he's sorry  —  I should in retrospect not have replied to that one person and should have written in greater length what i meant.
Kim Masters / The Hollywood Reporter:
Alex Ivanovs / Stack Diary:
Researchers develop a “divergence attack” that makes ChatGPT emit sequences copied from its training data, by prompting the LLM to repeat a word numerous times  —  Large language models, like ChatGPT, are trained on vast amounts of text data from books, websites, and other sources.
Emilia David / The Verge:
At re:Invent, AWS unveils Model Evaluation on Bedrock in preview to help companies evaluate AI models before use, with human testers involved in the process  —  Amazon wants users to evaluate AI models better and encourage more humans to be involved in the process.
Kyle Wiggers / TechCrunch:
CBC News:
Google and Canada reach an agreement in their dispute over the country's Online News Act; Google plans to pay news companies around CA$100M, or ~$74M, per year  —  Agreement comes 3 weeks before Online News Act rules come into force  —  Google and the federal government have reached …
Lawrence Abrams / BleepingComputer:
The US sanctions Sinbad, a crypto mixer allegedly used by the North Korean Lazarus hacking group, and the US, the Netherlands, and Poland seize the service  —  The U.S. Department of the Treasury has sanctioned the Sinbad cryptocurrency mixing service for its use as a money-laundering tool by the North Korean Lazarus hacking group.
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Netflix plans to add Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy to its mobile app, the App Store, and Google Play on December 14, available to its users at no extra charge  —  The three classic titles in “Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy - The Definitive Edition" will be available Dec. 14 for Netflix customers …
Olga Kharif / Bloomberg:
SoFi tells its crypto customers to liquidate their accounts or move holdings to Blockchain.com by December 19, as it exits crypto due to regulatory scrutiny  —  - Customers have to move by Dec. 19 or liquidate their coins … The San Francisco-based company told crypto customers Wednesday …
Taylor Lorenz / Washington Post:
Substack rolls out video creation and editing tools to enable creators to publish video podcasts, create interactive AI-made transcripts, and customize clips  —  Content creators are launching original shows on Substack as the company introduces a suite of new video tools
Steve Lohr / New York Times:
Nonprofit Data & Trust Alliance, comprising Amex, IBM, Pfizer, UPS, and more, announces AI data provenance standards to help find the origin and rights to data  —  Mainstream companies have concerns about the lineage of the data that powers A.I. applications.  An industry group is addressing that challenge.
Jason Koebler / 404 Media:
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