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February 28, 2024, 1:50 PM

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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  —  The Scoop  —  Google CEO Sundar Pichai addressed the company's Gemini controversy Tuesday evening …
Karissa Bell / Engadget:
President Biden signs an EO that aims to limit the mass-sale of Americans' personal data like geolocation to “countries of concern”, including China and Russia  —  The bulk sale of geolocation, genomic, financial and health data will be off-limits to “countries of concern.”
Ben Lovejoy / 9to5Mac:
Kuo: Vision Pro demand is higher than Apple originally expected, with US shipments expected to hit 200-250k units this year; return rates are now below 1%  —  Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo believes that Vision Pro demand is higher than Apple originally expected, with US shipments expected to hit 200-250k units this year.
Christopher Zara / Fast Company:
Klarna claims its ChatGPT-powered AI chatbot handles two-thirds of all customer service chats and “is doing 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 …
Anton Shilov / AnandTech:
Samsung launches 36GB 12H 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 …
Helene Braun / CoinDesk:
Coinbase is investigating an issue causing some users to see a zero balance across their accounts, after BTC topped $60K for the first time since November 2021  —  Multiple users of Coinbase's U.S. platform said on Wednesday that their account balances were wiped out.  —  10 Years of Decentralizing the Future
Byron Tau / Wired:
A look at some government contractors that are helping US intelligence agencies and others use targeted mobile ads to track down people  —  Meet the guy who taught US intelligence agencies how to make the most of the ad tech ecosystem, “the largest information-gathering enterprise ever conceived by man.”
Sean Hollister / The Verge:
Nintendo sues the makers of Yuzu in US federal court, alleging the Switch emulator is designed to circumvent the console'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.
Chandraveer Mathur / Android Police:
Google appears to globally roll out “glanceable directions while navigating” on Maps, which shows real-time ETA and turn-by-turn directions on the lock screen  —  The changes are rolling out across devices and regions  — Glanceable directions feature on Google Maps provides real …
Financial Times:
Sources: Nigeria detains two senior Binance executives who flew to the country following its decision last week to ban several crypto trading websites  —  African state steps up pressure on exchanges as it tries to halt speculation on naira  —  Two senior executives at Binance have been detained …
Rachel Metz / Bloomberg:
Toronto-based Ideogram, which is introducing a text-to-image AI model that generates images with legible text, raised an $80M Series A led by a16z  —  The startup excels at generating AI images that include legible text.  —  Ideogram, a company developing artificial intelligence image generation technology …
Financial Times:
A detailed look at the modern chip manufacturing process, involving more than a thousand precisely controlled steps to create a single integrated circuit  —  After coming up against the limits of physics, scientists are rethinking chip architecture like never before
Tim Copeland / The Block:
Telegram launches an ad revenue sharing system for channel owners in nearly 100 countries, with a 50/50 split with channel owners, paid out in toncoin  —  - Telegram is introducing ad revenue sharing and will pay out rewards using toncoin on the TON blockchain.  — It will be splitting ad revenue 50:50 with channel owners.
Caitlin Ostroff / Wall Street Journal:
Memo: SBF's lawyers suggest a short sentence of five to six years in prison, citing medical conditions, including autism, and his philanthropic giving  —  Lawyers for the FTX founder say he wasn't motivated by greed but by a desire to better the world through philanthropic giving
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Thrasio, which raised $3B+ in equity and debt to acquire third-party Amazon sellers, files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy and secures $90M in emergency funding  —  Thrasio, the U.S. start-up that raised billions of dollars and popularized the concept of e-commerce aggregation …

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