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February 28, 2024, 2:10 AM

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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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Reed Albergotti / Semafor:
Memo: Google CEO Sundar Pichai calls Gemini's problematic responses around race “completely unacceptable” and vows to make structural changes to fix the problem  —  Google CEO Sundar Pichai addressed the company's Gemini controversy Tuesday evening, calling the AI app's problematic …
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
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.
Anton Shilov / AnandTech:
Samsung launches 36Gb 12Hi HBM3E DRAM for AI, slated for mass production in H1 2024, with 50%+ more peak bandwidth and capacity compared to its previous HBM gen  —  Samsung announced late on Monday the completion of the development of its 12-Hi 36 GB HBM3E memory stacks …
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 …
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Christopher Zara / Fast Company:
Klarna claims its ChatGPT-powered AI chatbot handles two-thirds of all customer service chats and does the equivalent work of 700 full-time human agents  —  Klarna is bullish on bots.  —  One month after taking its OpenAI-powered virtual assistant global, the Swedish buy-now …
Mark Stenberg / Adweek:
Docs: Google is paying a handful of independent publishers a five-figure sum for one year to use an unreleased suite of generative AI tools to post stories  —  In exchange for a five-figure sum, publishers must use the tool to publish 3 stories per day  —  Google launched a private program …
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 …
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 …
Proof:
A review of Claude, Gemini, GPT-4, Llama 2, and Mixtral found the models often gave inaccurate or misleading election information; GPT-4 was least inaccurate  —  Experts testing five leading AI models found the answers were often inaccurate, misleading, and even downright harmful
Financial Times:
The EU Parliament bars Amazon lobbyists from its premises, after MEPs said the company repeatedly refused to engage about workers' rights and labor conditions  —  Move comes after pressure from activist groups over transparency and working conditions at ecommerce group
Bloomberg:
A US judge clears Chinese state-backed chipmaker Fujian Jinhua of economic espionage and other charges, over five years after the US blacklisted the company  —  - Rare US prosecution of Chinese company originated under Trump  — DOJ accused Fujian Jinhua of stealing secrets from Micron
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