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February 27, 2024, 8:15 PM

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Mark Gurman / Bloomberg:
Sources: Apple is winding down Project Titan, its decade-long effort to make an electric car; Apple plans to move some impacted staff to generative AI projects  —  - Executives tell staff to end work on endeavor known as Titan  — Employees on some car teams will move to Apple's AI division
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Samantha Cole / 404 Media:
Internal docs: Tumblr staff compiled users' data in preparation for deals where Automattic would sell the data to OpenAI and Midjourney to train AI tools  —  Join the newsletter to get the latest updates.  —  Success  —  Great!  Check your inbox and click the link.  —  Error
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Sony plans to lay off around 900 employees, or 8% of its global workforce, at its PlayStation division, and will close PlayStation's London Studio  —  Sony says it's laying off around 900 employees of its PlayStation division, a reduction of its global headcount of around 8 percent.
Jason Schreier / Bloomberg:
Sony says its PlayStation layoffs will also impact game makers Insomniac, Naughty Dog, and Guerrilla, three of its most successful subsidiaries  —  The company is also canceling a game based on the Twisted Metal racing franchise  —  Sony Group Corp. will lay off 900 people across …
Sean Hollister / The Verge:
Filing: Nintendo sues the makers of Switch emulator Yuzu in US federal court, alleging it is designed to circumvent Nintendo's encryption and facilitates piracy  —  If you've ever seen a Steam Deck playing a Legend of Zelda game, chances are you were seeing the Yuzu emulator at work.
Blake Brittain / Reuters:
Filing: OpenAI asks a US federal judge to dismiss parts of NYT's copyright suit, alleging it “paid someone to hack OpenAI's products” and violated OpenAI's TOS  —  OpenAI has asked a federal judge to dismiss parts of the New York Times (NYT.N) copyright lawsuit against it …
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 …
Olivia Solon / Bloomberg:
Seacom says a subsea cable was damaged in the area where Houthi fighters are targeting ships, highlighting how vulnerable critical subsea infrastructure can be  —  A subsea cable off the coast of Yemen that connects Europe to India has been damaged, and the telecommunications carrier that owns …
Jem Aswad / Variety:
TikTok removes all songs published by Universal Music Publishing Group, expanding a licensing spat; at first only songs owned or distributed by UMG were removed  —  The bruising battle over royalties between Universal Music Group and TikTok entered a new and more severe stage in the early hours …
Wes Davis / The Verge:
Netflix confirms that it has started removing Apple iTunes billing for longtime subscribers, and now requires them to pay directly on its website  —  Netflix confirms to The Verge that it has begun booting longtime subscribers off their Apple iTunes billing plans, and will require …
Proof:
A review of Claude, Gemini, GPT-4, Llama 2, and Mixtral found the models often provided inaccurate or misleading election information; GPT-4 performed the best  —  Experts testing five leading AI models found the answers were often inaccurate, misleading, and even downright harmful
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:
GitHub announces the general availability of Copilot Enterprise, which is able to reference an org's code and knowledge base, for $39 per user per month  —  GitHub today announced the general availability of Copilot Enterprise, the $39/month version of its code completion tool and developer-centric chatbot for large businesses.
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
Ashley Capoot / CNBC:
Bumble reports Q4 revenue up 13% YoY to $273.6M, a $32M net loss, vs. $159.2M YoY, and plans to eliminate 350 roles, about 37% of its workforce  —  - Bumble announced plans to lay off about 350 employees as part of its fourth-quarter earnings report Tuesday.
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Appfigures: Threads sees triple the daily downloads of X on iOS globally and over double the number of installs on Google Play, widening the gap late last year  —  Although an app's downloads aren't an exact proxy for usage, they can hint at where the market is headed.
Jon Swartz / MarketWatch:
eBay reports Q4 revenue up 2% YoY to $2.56B, vs. $2.51B est., GMV up 2% to $18.6B, and net income up 8% to $728M, and announces an additional $2B stock buyback  —  EBay Inc.'s stock was up 5.5% in extended trading Tuesday after the online marketplace delivered quarterly results …

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