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February 16, 2024, 1:30 AM

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Steven Levy / Wired:
OpenAI unveils Sora, its first text-to-video model, which can create up to a minute of 1080p video, as a research product for some creators and security experts  —  OpenAI's entry into generative AI video is an impressive first step.  —  We already know that OpenAI's chatbots can pass the bar exam without going to law school.
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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 …
Chance Miller / 9to5Mac:
Apple confirms that iOS 17.4 removes Home Screen web apps in the EU because of a DMA requirement that forces Apple to allow alternative browser engines  —  iOS 17.4 offers a number of changes for the App Store and iPhone in the European Union.  This includes things like third-party app marketplaces …
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Q&A with Microsoft Gaming CEO Phil Spencer on bringing Xbox-exclusive games to PS5 and Switch, the future of Xbox, 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, with ambitions …
David Pierce / The Verge:
Google launches Gemini 1.5 for developers and enterprise users, with a context window of up to 1M tokens, and says Gemini 1.5 Pro is on par with Gemini Ultra  —  Barely two months after launching Gemini, the large language model Google hopes will bring it to the top of the AI industry, the company is already announcing its successor.
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:
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.
Mark Gurman / Bloomberg:
Sources: Apple has expanded testing of a Copilot-like tool for Xcode and is exploring AI features for productivity apps 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
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 …
Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai / TechCrunch:
Emma Roth / The Verge:
Meta plans to start charging a 30% fee for boosting Facebook and Instagram posts on iOS later in February, after Apple extended its 30% cut to boosting in 2022  —  Meta said Thursday that it will start charging a 30 percent fee when advertisers pay to boost the visibility of their posts in Facebook's and Instagram's iOS apps.
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 …
Reuters:
Carl Jenkins, head of hardware at Cruise, says he has resigned after six years with the company, the latest in a series of executive departures  —  The head of hardware at General Motors' (GM.N) Cruise self-driving unit, Carl Jenkins, said on Thursday he had resigned from the company …

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