January 21, 2024, 3:40 AM

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Ash Parrish / The Verge:
A September 2023 survey of 3,000+ game developers: 84% were somewhat or very concerned about the ethics of using generative AI and 35% were impacted by layoffs  —  Game developers are overwhelmingly concerned about the ethics of using AI.  The organizers of the Game Developers Conference …
Juliette Perreard / Nikkei Asia:
Generative AI and how to regulate it dominated the discussions at the 2024 World Economic Forum; the UN Secretary-General said AI poses risks to societies  —  Finding common language with China will be difficult, European Commission official says  —  One of the many signs in Davos …
Sources: Canva topped $2B in annualized revenue in 2023, as the company nears a $1.5B+ share sale at a ~$26B valuation, about the same as in its previous round  —  - Sale of existing shares would maintain $26 billion valuation  — Australian firm saw over $2 billion annualized revenue in 2023
Sean Hollister / The Verge:
A look at Nvidia and Convai's AI-powered video game NPCs, which are effectively generative AI chatbots that interact with the players  —  What if you could just... speak... to video game characters?  Ask your own questions, with your own voice, instead of picking from preset phrases?
Eric Benjamin Seufert / Mobile Dev Memo:
Apple and Google reducing their app store fees by just 3%-4% for external payment methods simply makes alternative options non-viable for app developers  —  The Supreme Court this week declined to hear Apple's appeal of an antitrust case that compels the company to allow app developers to link to external, web-based payment options.
Carl Franzen / VentureBeat:
Nightshade, a free tool letting artists “poison” AI models that attempt to train on their artwork without permission, is now available to download on Mac and PC  —  It's here: months after it was first announced, Nightshade, a new, free software tool allowing artists to “poison” …
Microsoft says Russia-linked group Midnight Blizzard hacked some employee emails beginning in November 2023; the same group breached SolarWinds as early as 2019  —  - Nation-state spies previously conducted cyber-espionage on US  — Targeted breaches hit Microsoft executives, cyber team
Kia Kokalitcheva / Axios:
After two failed attempts, a bipartisan effort is being made to remedy the issues caused by US tax law Section 174, which forces amortization of software labor  —  The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 is impacting some startups' tax bills, thanks to a provision that changes how R&D costs are deducted.
Chris Metinko / Crunchbase News:
Cybersecurity startups raised $8.2B in 692 deals in 2023, down from $16.3B in 941 deals in 2022 and the lowest total since 2018; Q4 funding was just $1.3B  —  Just two years ago venture funding to cybersecurity was on fire, with more than $23 billion flooding the sector.

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