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February 24, 2024, 7:10 AM

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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.
Bloomberg:
Sources: Jeff Bezos is investing $100M, Microsoft is investing $95M, and Nvidia $50M in humanoid robot startup Figure's ~$675M funding round at a ~$2B valuation  —  - Figure AI also gets investments from Intel, Samsung and Amazon  — Company, valued at roughly $2 billion, is raising $675 million
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.
Reuters:
The US DOE says it will suspend its mandatory survey of energy use by crypto miners, following a lawsuit by bitcoin miner Riot Platforms and an industry group  —  The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) on Friday agreed to temporarily suspend its emergency survey of energy use …
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 …
Chris Welch / The Verge:
Three years after Spotify's original announcement that it would launch a higher-quality audio subscription, the company has yet to roll out the feature  —  I was really hoping I wouldn't have to do this again.  Last year, it seemed like there was no reason to believe Spotify would ever roll …
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.
Aditya Soni / Reuters:
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. …
Yasemin Craggs Mersinoglu / Financial Times:
In a first, the UK ICO orders the leisure center operator Serco to stop using facial recognition and fingerprint scanning to monitor attendance and pay workers  —  UK watchdog cracks down for first time on an employer processing biometric data of workers  —  Outsourcer Serco has been ordered …

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