January 20, 2024, 11:10 AM

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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
Sources: Elon Musk's xAI secured $500M in commitments out of $1B and is aiming for a $15B to $20B valuation; source: X investors are invited to invest in xAI  —  - Grok maker aims for valuation of at least $15 billion  — Investors in X, formerly Twitter, getting priority in round
Benj Edwards / Ars Technica:
Dave Mills, who created the Network Time Protocol in 1985 to synchronize time across different computer systems and networks, died at age 85 on January 17  —  Dave Mills created NTP, the protocol that holds the temporal Internet together, in 1985.  —  On Thursday, Internet pioneer Vint Cerf announced …
Joe Rossignol / MacRumors:
Apple opens pre-orders for the Vision Pro, which has an M2 chip with an 8-core CPU and a 10-core GPU, 16GB of memory, and 256GB, 512GB, and 1TB storage options  —  Apple today finally shared additional tech specs for its Vision Pro headset following the start of pre-orders in the United States.
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Hartley Charlton / MacRumors:
Sources: Sam Altman has held talks to raise billions, including $8B to $10B from Abu Dhabi-based G42, to set up a network of factories to manufacture chips  —  - Push reflects concern about potential semiconductor shortage  — Project would involve working with major chipmaking companies
Josh Sisco / Politico:
Sources: the US DOJ and FTC are discussing which agency can investigate the Microsoft-OpenAI partnership and which can probe companies for scraping web content  —  One of the most high-profile tech partnerships in years has drawn scrutiny from regulators, who currently can't pursue an investigation.
More: Gizmodo, Neowin, and Reuters
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Sean Michael Kerner / VentureBeat:
Stability AI releases Stable LM 2 1.6B, which the company says outperforms other small AI language models on most benchmarks, including Microsoft's Phi-2  —  Size certainly matters when it comes to large language models (LLMs) as it impacts where a model can run.
Joy Lo Dico / Financial Times:
How urban planners in Barcelona and others are using supercomputers and AI to create digital twins of their cities to address issues like traffic congestion  —  Digital city-building has become a legitimate part of urban planning, helping to mirror the present — and map the future

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