February 29, 2024, 10:35 AM

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Deepa Seetharaman / Wall Street Journal:
Sources: the US SEC sent a subpoena to OpenAI in December 2023, seeking internal records, after the board's decision in November 2023 to fire Sam Altman as CEO  —  Regulator is examining internal communications of CEO Sam Altman, after board last year temporarily ousted him for alleged lack of candor
Dan Goodin / Ars Technica:
Researchers detail an ongoing repo confusion attack, which involves cloning existing repos and infecting them with malware loaders, impacting 100K+ GitHub repos  —  GitHub keeps removing malware-laced repositories, but thousands remain.  —  GitHub is struggling to contain …
Alex Koller / CNBC:
EA plans to cut 5% of its workforce, part of a plan that includes reducing office space and sunsetting some games; EA employed 13,400 workers as of March 2023  —  - EA announced Wednesday that it will cut 5% of its workforce.  — The video game company employed 13,400 workers as of the end …
New York Times:
Sources detail Apple's $10B+ car project: years of disagreements over building a self-driving car or just an EV, talks with Elon Musk on buying Tesla, and more  —  Internal disagreements over the direction of the Apple car led the effort to sputter for years before it was canceled this week.
Coinbase says all services on its website have been restored after a “display issue” on February 28 caused some users to see a zero balance in their account  —  Coinbase Global (COIN.O) said on Wednesday that all services on its website have been restored after an issue earlier …
Jon Porter / The Verge:
Microsoft outlines the new DirectSR API, which lets game developers integrate super resolution AI-upscaling features from Nvidia, AMD, and Intel  —  Microsoft has outlined a new Windows API designed to offer a seamless way for game developers to integrate super resolution AI-upscaling features from Nvidia, AMD, and Intel.
Consumer Reports:
Researchers find serious security flaws in cheap video door bells sold by a Chinese company under various brands names on Amazon, Shein, and other sites  —  The devices are also sold by Walmart, Sears, and other retailers—and big platforms have faced few consequences for shipping flawed products
Leo Schwartz / Fortune:
Gemini agrees to return the $1B+ owed to customers and pay a $37M fine in a settlement with the New York Department of Financial Services related to Gemini Earn  —  The New York Department of Financial Services on Wednesday announced a settlement with Gemini, the crypto firm founded by the Winklevoss twins …
Kyle Wiggers / TechCrunch:
ServiceNow, Hugging Face, and Nvidia release free code-generating AI models StarCoder2-3B/7B/15B, the first two of which can run on most modern consumer GPUs  —  Developers are adopting AI-powered code generators — services like GitHub Copilot and Amazon CodeWhisperer …
Annie Palmer / CNBC:
Humanoid robot maker Figure AI confirms it has raised $675M at a $2.6B valuation and shows off a general-purpose robot called Figure 01  —  - Figure AI raised $675 million from investors including Jeff Bezos, Nvidia, Amazon, Microsoft and OpenAI.  — The startup says it will use the money …
Jeanne Whalen / Washington Post:
The US launches a probe into possible security risks of Chinese-manufactured vehicles, saying modern cars are like smartphones and could be used for espionage  —  The Biden administration says software and digital connections in modern cars could be used to spy on Americans or sabotage the vehicles
FCC Chair Jessica Rosenworcel proposes subjecting carmakers to the Safe Connections Act to protect domestic abuse survivors from misuse of internet car systems  —  The chairwoman of the Federal Communications Commission on Wednesday proposed a potential new rule that would subject automakers …
Natasha Lomas / TechCrunch:
Eight EU consumer rights groups lodge GDPR complaints with national data protection authorities, accusing Meta of coercing users with its “pay-or-consent” model  —  A controversial move by Meta last year, when it switched to charging users in the European Union for an ad-free subscription …
Alibaba is cutting prices for over 100 core cloud products in China by up to 55%, and 20% on average, including data storage and elastic computing products  —  - Alibaba is trying to stay ahead of competitors like Tencent  — Demand for cloud services is accelerating during an AI boom

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