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February 27, 2024, 7:20 AM

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Romain Dillet / TechCrunch:
Mistral AI releases Mistral Large, a cheaper GPT-4 rival that supports 32K-token context windows, and Le Chat, a ChatGPT-like chat assistant in public beta  —  Paris-based AI startup Mistral AI is gradually building an alternative to OpenAI and Anthropic as its latest announcement shows.
Samuel Stolton / Bloomberg:
Microsoft says its investment in Mistral AI amounts to €15M; EU regulators plan to analyze the investment, which could eventually lead to a formal investigation  —  - Partnership amounts to €15 million investment, Microsoft says  — EU analysis could lead to future formal investigation
Madhumita Murgia / Financial Times:
Reuters:
Sources: the BlackCat ransomware gang is behind the outage at UnitedHealth's technology unit that has disrupted services at pharmacies in the US for six days  —  Figurines with computers and smartphones are seen in front of the words “Cyber Attack” in this illustration taken, February 19, 2024.
Bloomberg:
During oral arguments, SCOTUS justices seemed reluctant to strike down Texas' and Florida's social media laws, but raised concerns about companies' 1A rights  —  - Justices wary of entirely striking down Texas, Florida laws  — But court voices concern about impact on company speech rights
Washington Post:
Sean Hollister / The Verge:
Nvidia plans to start showing free-tier GeForce Now users “up to two minutes” of video ads on February 28 while they are queuing to start a cloud gaming session  —  Nvidia's completely free, no-strings attached trial of its cloud gaming service GeForce Now is about to be very slightly less …
Katrina Manson / Bloomberg:
The CTO for US Central Command says ML algorithms developed under Project Maven helped narrow down targets for 85+ air strikes in the Middle East on February 2  —  - Algorithms were developed under the Pentagon's Project Maven  — AI isn't ready to recommend the order of attack, official says
Ryan Gallagher / Bloomberg:
The US adds Sandvine to its entity list, banning the networking equipment company from obtaining US tech, for supplying Egypt with equipment used for censorship  —  - Commerce Department largely bans tech firm from US purchases  — Egypt was one of numerous countries where content was blocked
Saritha Rai / Bloomberg:
Tel Aviv-based Exodigo, which uses AI and sensors to make underground maps for energy, utility, transport, and construction companies, raised a $105M Series A  —  - Greenfield Partners, Zeev Ventures lead Series A round  — Startup makes maps for utility, transport, construction firms

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