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February 16, 2024, 7:15 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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Allison Johnson / The Verge:
Google releases Android 15's first developer preview, with updates related to Android's Dynamic Performance Framework, privacy, the camera experience, 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 …
New York Times:
Sources: OpenAI has completed a deal that values the company at $80B or more; OpenAI would sell existing shares in a tender offer led by Thrive Capital  —  The A.I. start-up's valuation tripled in less than 10 months.  —  OpenAI has completed a deal that values the San Francisco artificial …
Bloomberg:
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
Susan Lazaruk / Vancouver Sun:
Canada's Civil Resolution Tribunal rules that Air Canada should give a passenger a retroactive discount, which was erroneously promised by the airlines' chatbot  —  A B.C. man booked an Air Canada flight to Toronto for his grandmother's funeral using the website's chatbot …
Noam Scheiber / New York Times:
Court filing: Amazon claims the NLRB is unconstitutional, after the agency said Amazon illegally retaliated against workers; SpaceX has made a similar claim  —  The company made the novel claim, echoing arguments by SpaceX and Trader Joe's, in a legal filing while fighting a case.
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 …
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 …
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
More: Ars TechnicaThreads: @renee.direstaMastodon: @w7voa@journa.host and @aaronjschaffer@mastodon …X: @thedragonfeederLinkedIn: Yael EisenstatForums: r/Twitter
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 …
RT Watson / The Block:
Yuga Labs acquires Kevin Rose's NFT startup Proof, and plans to fold Proof's NFT project Moonbirds into its gamefied, metaverse project Otherside  —  - Bored Ape Yacht Club creator Yuga Labs announced it has acquired Proof, which created the Moonbirds non-fungible token collection.
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 …
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.

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