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February 16, 2024, 11:55 AM

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Parmy Olson / Bloomberg:
OpenAI's Sora announcement sparks awe and horror, as the startup continues to be frustratingly secretive about the data used to train the text-to-video model  —  Sam Altman is being secretive in all the wrong places as he barrels toward superintelligent AI.  —  Every new OpenAI announcement sparks some measure of awe and terror.
Steven Levy / Wired:
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Davey Winder / Forbes:
Google announces the AI Cyber Defense Initiative, which includes launching new AI security training and open sourcing Magika, a tool used to protect Gmail users  —  Google has confirmed a new security scheme which, it says, will help “secure, empower and advance our collective digital future” using AI.
Ryan Browne / CNBC:
PitchBook: VC investment in crypto rose 2.5% QoQ in Q4 2023 to $1.9B, the first rise since Q1 2022; Q4 2023 saw 12 crypto exits, the lowest number since Q4 2020  —  - PitchBook said in a fourth-quarter update that the level of investment for crypto-related companies in the fourth quarter totaled $1.9 billion …
AJ Vicens / CyberScoop:
Ukrainian Vyacheslav Penchukov pleads guilty in the US for his role in the Zeus and IcedID malware groups, which stole millions from victims for over a decade  —  Vyacheslav Igorevich Penchukov pleaded guilty to two counts, each of which carries a possible 20-year prison term.
Chance Miller / 9to5Mac:
Apple confirms that iOS 17.4 removes Home Screen web apps in the EU because of a DMA requirement that forces the company to support alternative browser engines  —  iOS 17.4 offers a number of changes for the App Store and iPhone in the European Union.  This includes things …
Mark Gurman / Bloomberg:
Sources: Apple has expanded testing of a Copilot-like tool for Xcode and is exploring AI features for Music and Keynote, and a Spotlight search that uses LLMs  —  - Company is working on several generative AI-based features  — New tool would help developers create code more quickly
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Q&A with Microsoft Gaming CEO Phil Spencer on bringing Xbox-exclusive games to PS5 and Switch, Xbox's future, “unique” next-gen hardware, regulation, and more  —  Microsoft has been gradually moving Xbox away from the idea of a single piece of hardware in recent years …
Mark Sullivan / Fast Company:
Meta releases V-JEPA, an AI model that learns by predicting missing or masked parts of unlabeled video to develop a conceptual understanding of the world  —  Meta's AI researchers have released a new model that's trained in a similar way as today's large language models, but instead of learning from words …
Rachel Metz / Bloomberg:
The FTC proposes new rules that would make companies liable if they “know or have reason to know” their AI tech is being used to harmfully impersonate consumers  —  The US Federal Trade Commission moved to put new rules into place around impersonation, citing the rising threat …
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:
Google makes Gemini 1.0 Pro and Gemini 1.0 Ultra generally available, adds support for adapter-based tuning in Vertex, and rolls out new developer tools  —  Google is expanding the range of Gemini large language models it is making available to developers on its Vertex AI platform today.
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