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December 31, 2023, 12:50 PM

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Anil Dash / Rolling Stone:
In 2024, the internet is about to see the biggest reshuffling of power in 25 years, with a resurgent “human web” and regulators forcing tech giants to open up  —  The new year offers many of the promises of an online moment we haven't seen in a quarter-century … Everything is changing rapidly.
Cristina Criddle / Financial Times:
A look at the rise of AI-generated virtual influencers, with some charging thousands of dollars to promote products, leading to concerns from human influencers  —  Hyper-realistic ‘virtual influencers’ are being used to promote leading brands — drawing ire from human content creators
Aaron Tilley / Wall Street Journal:
A profile of Joe Kiani, whose company Masimo spent ~$100M suing Apple, as some say his aggressive use of the US patent system stymies the innovation of others  —  Joe Kiani has taken on Apple in a patent dispute that has cost his company millions of dollars to pursue.  So far he is winning, but the fight isn't over.
Justin Garrison / Justin Garrison:
An AWS developer claims Amazon is “silently sacking” staff by pushing them to take a different role that they would quit later, avoiding the need for severance  —  Amazon has a stock problem.  It's not only Amazon, but they have more to lose.  If you're a customer, that's going to be bad for your business too.
Joan Westenberg:
With its emphasis on user privacy, Apple is one of the few tech companies that can develop new AI data usage paradigms, setting much-needed industry standards  —  Apple has carved out a prestigious position in the consumer tech market through sleek designs, user-friendly interfaces, and a robust ecosystem.
Brendan Bordelon / Politico:
How effective altruism, described by some as a cult obsessed with AI doomsday, is influencing White House, Congress, and others' approach toward AI regulation  —  Effective altruism is increasingly described as a cult.  But as the movement's billionaire adherents pour money into D.C. …
Rita Liao / TechCrunch:
Chinese robotaxi companies are shifting to less advanced but more commercially viable smart-driving solutions, as funding dries up and losses continue to mount  —  Losses push China's self-driving upstarts to seek new revenue streams  —  A few years ago, robotaxis were the darlings of venture capitalists in China.
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 …

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