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February 23, 2024, 7:00 PM

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Aditya Soni / Reuters:
Nvidia crossed a $2T market cap intraday on February 23, after adding $277B to its market value on February 22, Wall Street's largest one-day gain on record  —  Nvidia (NVDA.O) hit $2 trillion in market value on Friday, riding on an insatiable demand for its chips that made the Silicon Valley firm …
Lauren Goode / Wired:
Q&A with Nvidia CEO Jensen Huang about plans for a new type of data center dubbed an “AI factory”, foundational robotics, the Mellanox acquisition, and more  —  Tech companies can't get enough of this tech company.  Earnings are off the charts.  WIRED probes the mind of its CEO, Jensen Huang.
Abner Li / 9to5Google:
Google says poor image tuning and Gemini becoming more cautious than intended made the model “overcompensate in some cases, and be over-conservative in others”  —  Google announced yesterday that it disabled image generation of people in Gemini following criticism about its historical accuracy.
New York Times:
An investigation finds thousands of Instagram accounts run by parents posting images of their children, attracting pedophiles who sometimes pay for more content  —  The ominous messages began arriving in Elissa's inbox early last year.  “You sell pics of your underage daughter to pedophiles,” read one.
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Sabrina Ortiz / ZDNet:
Microsoft releases PyRIT, a tool that the company's AI Red Team has been using to more efficiently check for risks in its generative AI systems, such as Copilot  —  Despite the advanced capabilities of generative AI (gen AI) models, we have seen many instances of them going rogue, hallucinating …
Sarah Scire / Nieman Lab:
Google says there are no plans to remove the News tab on search results pages, after testing temporarily removing the filter for “a small subset of users”  —  The News filter disappearing from Google search results for some users this week won't help publishers sleep any easier.
Filipe Espósito / 9to5Mac:
X starts rolling out audio and video calling to all users, after previously limiting the feature to Premium subscribers; users can disable calling in settings  —  The social platform X introduced a new feature last year that lets users make and receive audio and video calls, just like apps such as FaceTime and WhatsApp.
Theodore Schleifer / Puck:
A look at Marc Andreessen and a16z's political efforts, including starting the Keep Startups in America PAC and giving millions to a pro-crypto dark money group  —  Late last month, Marc Andreessen was holding court in the Waldorf, the site of the former Trump hotel in downtown D.C. …
Brendan Farrington / Associated Press:
Florida passes one of the US' most restrictive bills on minors' social media use, despite First Amendment concerns; Governor Ron DeSantis has to sign the bill  —  A bill to create one of the nation's most restrictive bans on minors' use of social media is heading to Republican Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis …
Amanda Silberling / TechCrunch:
Automattic CEO Matt Mullenweg sparred with a trans Tumblr user over an account ban, revealing her side blog names, which are private, sparking community outcry  —  Matt Mullenweg, CEO of Tumblr owner Automattic, is supposed to be on sabbatical.  Instead, he's arguing with Tumblr users …
Sean Hollister / The Verge:
Microsoft announces “Generative erase”, which uses generative AI to remove objects and people from images, coming to the Photos app in Windows 10 and Windows 11  —  Google and Samsung aren't the only ones baking magical AI selective photo erasers into their devices …
Abner Li / 9to5Google:
Google strikes a deal with Reddit, reportedly for $60M/year, gaining Reddit Data API access to surface more Reddit content in Search and to train its AI models  —  Google today announced an “expanded partnership” with Reddit that sees it get access to the forum website's data for training and other product uses.
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