December 29, 2023, 10:25 PM

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Jonathan Stempel / Reuters:
Filing: US prosecutors have decided not to pursue a second trial against Sam Bankman-Fried, as much of the evidence was already presented at the first trial  —  U.S. prosecutors said on Friday they do not plan to proceed with a second trial against Sam Bankman-Fried, who was convicted …
NBC News:
Sources: US intelligence determined that the Chinese spy balloon that flew across the US in January and February 2023 used a US ISP to communicate with China  —  An American intelligence assessment found that the balloon used a commercially available U.S. network to communicate, primarily for navigation, U.S. officials say.
John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
Apple blocking Beeper Mini, not a service unto itself but an unauthorized client for a proprietary platform that costs a lot to run, is not anticompetitive  —  There's a lot to catch up on since last I wrote about Beeper.  Long story short, they've been playing — and no surprise, losing — the cat-and-mouse game with Apple.
Kyle Wiggers / TechCrunch:
GitHub launches GPT-4-powered Copilot Chat in general availability for all users, in the sidebar of Microsoft's IDEs, Visual Studio Code and Visual Studio  —  Earlier this year, GitHub rolled out Copilot Chat, a ChatGPT-like programming-centric chatbot, for organizations subscribed to Copilot for Business.
Emma Roth / The Verge:
Microsoft launches Microsoft Copilot for iOS and iPadOS, a free ChatGPT-like app that supports GPT-4 and DALL-E 3, three days after its Android launch  —  Just days after introducing a Copilot app on Android, Microsoft has rolled out an app for its AI chatbot on iOS and iPadOS.
After a 33% plunge in 2022, the Nasdaq finished 2023 up 43%, its best year since 2020, led by Nvidia, which soared 239%, and Meta, which jumped almost 200%  —  - The Nasdaq climbed 43% in 2023, one of its best performances in two decades.  — Similar to the rallies in 2009 and 2003 …
Kif Leswing / CNBC:
Usama Jawad / XDA Developers:
Microsoft disables Windows App Installer's ms-appinstaller after the URI scheme was used to spread malware; Microsoft disabled and re-enabled the scheme in 2022  —  Microsoft has disabled the ms-appinstaller URI scheme handler by default in the latest version of App Installer due to a rise in cyberattacks.
Gary Marcus / Marcus on AI:
OpenAI and others will likely face more copyright lawsuits as systems like DALL-E produce copyright-infringing materials without attribution or informing users  —  A full of spectrum of infringement  —  At around the same time as news of the New York Times lawsuit vs OpenAI broke …
Benjamin Weiser / New York Times:
Donald Trump's former lawyer Michael Cohen says he mistakenly used bogus legal citations from Google Bard in a motion seeking an early end to court supervision  —  Donald Trump's former fixer had sought an early end to court supervision after his 2018 campaign finance conviction.
Benjamin Mullin / New York Times:
Sources: for months, OpenAI has held talks with major news publishers including Gannett, News Corp, and IAC about the price and terms of licensing their content  —  Several major publishers have been in talks to license content to the creator of ChatGPT, but agreement on the price and terms has been elusive.
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