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February 16, 2024, 5:35 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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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 …
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
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.
Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai / TechCrunch:
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:
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PitchBook: Q4 2023 saw only 12 crypto exits, the lowest number since Q4 2020 and consistent with the “low-level activity seen throughout 2023”  —  The global venture capital market is enduring a long period of limited exits.  Startups are staying private longer …
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 …
Natasha Lomas / TechCrunch:
In a letter, 28 civil rights organizations, including noyb, urge the EDPB to reject Meta's approach of asking EU users to pay or consent to be tracked for ads  —  A coalition of more than two dozen digital and democratic rights groups, NGOs and not-for-profits, including noyb and Wikimedia Europe …
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Bloomberg:
Coinbase reports Q4 revenue up 51% YoY to $953.8M, vs. $826M est., net income of $273M, its first profit in two years, vs. a loss of $557M YoY; COIN jumps 10%+  —  Revenue surged 51% to $953.8 million, topping the $826 million average estimate of analysts surveyed by Bloomberg.

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