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March 1, 2024, 8:50 AM

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Candace Cheung / Courthouse News Service:
Elon Musk sues OpenAI and Sam Altman, accusing them of betraying an agreement from OpenAI's founding to develop AI toward the “benefit of humanity” over profits  —  OpenAI is not so open now, Musk claims, following the closed source release of the company's artificial general intelligence technology under Microsoft.
Bloomberg:
Meta plans to deprecate the Facebook News tab in the US and Australia in early April 2024 and stop signing deals for traditional news content in those countries  —  Meta Platforms Inc. is winding down its news feature in the US and Australia, part of a broader shift away from the category for the social media giant.
Stephanie Kirchgaessner / The Guardian:
A US judge orders the NSO Group to hand over its code for Pegasus and other spyware products to Meta, as part of Meta's ongoing litigation to protect WhatsApp  —  Israeli company NSO Group is accused in lawsuit by Meta's messaging app of spying on 1,400 users over a two-week period
Abner Li / 9to5Google:
Google confirms it is blocking rooted Android phones from using RCS, citing the need to abide by the RCS standard's “operating measures” to stop spam and abuse  —  In recent weeks, Android users with rooted or bootloader unlocked phones have found that RCS in Google Messages does not work.
Jason Schreier / Bloomberg:
Source: Embracer plans to sell its subsidiary Saber Interactive to private investors in a $500M deal, making Saber a privately-owned company with ~3,500 staff  —  Saber will continue developing Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic  —  Swedish gaming company Embracer Group AB will sell …
Jordan Novet / CNBC:
Microsoft launches Copilot for Finance in public preview, helping users reconcile data in Excel, speed up the collections process in Outlook, and more  —  - Microsoft is launching a Copilot for Finance, which it said will be able to perform a handful of common role-specific actions in Excel and Outlook.
Kevin Nguyen / The Verge:
A eulogy for TinyLetter, as Mailchimp shuts down the newsletter tool acquired in 2011 that had a brief run nurturing great personal writing on the internet  —  In remembrance of the humblest newsletter service and its brief run nurturing great personal writing on the internet.
Michael Nuñez / VentureBeat:
Alibaba researchers detail EMO, or Emote Portrait Alive, an AI system that creates a realistic talking or singing video from a portrait photo and an audio file  —  Researchers at Alibaba's Institute for Intelligent Computing have developed a new artificial intelligence system called “EMO,” …
Vittoria Elliott / Wired:
In a hearing, a federal judge sounded skeptical of X's claims in its lawsuit against CCDH; an expert says it is “a SLAPP suit disguised as a contractual suit”  —  X alleges that the Center for Countering Digital Hate cost it millions by showing that hate speech was spreading on the platform.

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