November 30, 2023, 2:30 AM

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Alex Heath / The Verge:
OpenAI adds Microsoft as a non-voting observer on the nonprofit board that controls OpenAI, as Sam Altman's return as CEO is made 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.
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:
Q&A with Sam Altman on why he was fired from OpenAI, returning to the company, improving the governance structure, the Q* model, lessons from the saga, and more  —  “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” …
Jacob Kastrenakes / The Verge:
Elon Musk calls a Nov. 15 X post of his 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:
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.
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 per year, or ~$74M  —  Agreement comes 3 weeks before Online News Act rules come into force  —  Google and the federal government have reached …
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.
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 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
Michael Peel / Financial Times:
Google DeepMind uses GNoME to find 2.2M crystal structures, over 45x more than all such substances ever found, and plans to make 381K available to scientists  —  Work shows power of AI to improve real-world technology in fields from renewable energy to advanced computation
Emilia David / The Verge:
At re:Invent, AWS unveiled 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:
Amazon debuts Titan Image Generator, an AI model that creates images from text and adds an invisible watermark by default, in preview for AWS clients on Bedrock  —  Amazon is releasing an image generator — joining the ranks of the many, many other tech giants and startups that have already done so.
Kyle Wiggers / TechCrunch:
San Jose-based DuploCloud, which provides tools to provision apps to public clouds like AWS, raised a $32M Series B co-led by WestBridge Capital and StepStone  —  It's only appropriate that, during AWS' biggest week of the year, a cloud-based software-as-a-service startup closed a sizeable funding round.
Jay Peters / The Verge:
Intuit Mailchimp plans to shut down TinyLetter on February 29, 2024, to focus on its core Mailchimp marketing product; Mailchimp acquired TinyLetter in 2011  —  Mailchimp is shutting TinyLetter, a service that I loved that let individuals easily write and publish simple but nice-looking email newsletters.
Jason Koebler / 404 Media:
Plex users express alarm after getting a “Week in Review” email that showed what they and their friends watched, part of Plex's opt-out Discover Together tool  —  Join the newsletter to get the latest updates.  —  Success  —  Great!  Check your inbox and click the link.  —  Error
Rafaela Lindeberg / Bloomberg:
How Swedish battery maker Northvolt uses AI at its Skellefteå factory to help speed up EV battery making, led by former Apple AI researcher Siddharth Khullar  —  - Machine-learning experts implement AI in production, research  — Push could reduce testing latency in some areas by 50%
Wayne Ma / The Information:
Sources: Apple licenses Arm's IP at less than 30 cents per device, the lowest rate among Arm's smartphone chip clients; Apple makes up under 5% of Arm's sales  —  In 2017, SoftBank CEO Masayoshi Son gathered a group of executives from Arm Holdings, the British chip designer SoftBank had just bought …
Qianer Liu / Financial Times:
Interviews with dozens of industry insiders and experts reveal Huawei's and SMIC's efforts to build advance chips and maintain market share despite US sanctions  —  The inside story of how the country's flagship tech company kept its edge in the semiconductor war despite sanctions

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