February 16, 2024, 2:45 PM

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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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Washington Post:
Foreign propaganda accounts aiming to influence US elections are flourishing on X, which no longer attends biweekly info-sharing meetings with social platforms  —  X hasn't sent a representative in months to biweekly information-sharing meetings with other social media companies
Sources: Sam Altman is working to get US approval for his chip project, as involving the UAE and others risks raising national security and antitrust concerns  —  - Middle East investors, factories may prompt security concerns  — Potential new company could trigger antitrust review
Allison Johnson / The Verge:
Google releases the first developer preview of Android 15, with updates related to Android's Dynamic Performance Framework, privacy, and more  —  Our first official glimpse of Android 15 is here.  It includes a lot of under-the-hood tweaks to strengthen communication between hardware and software …
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 …
Abner Li / 9to5Google:
Google Search Labs is testing a “Talk to a Live Representative” feature, which calls a business on the user's behalf and holds until a human becomes available  —  Google Search Labs is testing a “Talk to a Live Representative” feature where it will “help you place the call …
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.
William Gallagher / AppleInsider:
Epic plans to “start developing the Epic Games Store on iOS soon” and launch the store in 2024, thanks to the DMA, after Apple approved its developer account  —  Three years after Apple kicked Epic Games off the App Store for breaking terms of business, it has allowed the firm …
Jamie Tarabay / Bloomberg:
The US and its allies disrupt access by Russia-backed hacking group APT28, or Fancy Bear, to 1,000+ home and small business routers used for criminal purposes  —  The US and its allies have disrupted access by a Russian-state sponsored hacking organization to “well over a thousand home …
Ivan Mehta / TechCrunch:
Clubhouse adds texting to group voice chats, letting users train a custom voice and send asynchronous texts that the app will read out in the sender's voice  —  Clubhouse, the once-popular live audio app, announced today that users can now text their friends and they'll hear those texts in the sender's custom voice.
Associated Press:
Adobe, Amazon, Google, IBM, Meta, Microsoft, OpenAI, TikTok, X, and 11 other companies sign a voluntary accord to fight deepfakes that deliberately trick voters  —  Major technology companies signed a pact Friday to voluntarily adopt “reasonable precautions” to prevent artificial intelligence tools …
Rachel Metz / Bloomberg:
The US FTC proposes rules that would make companies liable if they “know or have reason to know” their AI tech is being used to harm consumers via impersonation  —  The US Federal Trade Commission moved to put new rules into place around impersonation, citing the rising threat …
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.

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