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February 28, 2024, 11:55 AM

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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.”
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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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 …
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:
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
Foo Yun Chee / Reuters:
Axel Springer and 31 other media groups in Europe file a $2.3B lawsuit against Google, alleging that they suffered losses due to its digital ad practices  —  Alphabet's (GOOGL.O) Google was hit with a 2.1-billion-euro ($2.3 billion) lawsuit by 32 media groups including Axel Springer and Schibsted …
More: Reuters and Politico
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.
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 …
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
Samantha Cole / 404 Media:
Docs: Tumblr staff compiled users' data in preparation for deals where parent company Automattic would sell the data to OpenAI and Midjourney to train AI tools  —  Tumblr and WordPress.com are preparing to sell user data to Midjourney and OpenAI, according to a source with internal knowledge …
Joyce Lee / Reuters:
Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg met with LG executives in South Korea to discuss a stronger partnership on XR devices as well as a potential collaboration in AI  —  Meta (META.O) CEO Mark Zuckerberg arrived in South Korea late on Tuesday, where he is expected to hold talks on artificial intelligence …
Manish Singh / TechCrunch:
India's two leading streamers, JioCinema and Disney+Hotstar, to merge after Reliance, its portfolio company Viacom18, and Disney merge their businesses in India  —  Reliance, its portfolio Viacom18 and Disney are merging their media businesses in India, creating the largest media entity in the South Asian market.

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