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March 1, 2024, 10:30 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.
Parmy Olson / Bloomberg:
Elon Musk might be suing OpenAI because he is a troll and has a grudge but his lawsuit puts a spotlight on the empty humanitarian posturing by AI businesses  —  Too many AI startups have seen their noble goals imperiled by Big Tech's gravitational pull.  —  Call it an epic troll by Elon Musk …
Manish Singh / TechCrunch:
Filing: Elon Musk says OpenAI is “not just developing but is actually refining an AGI to maximize profits for Microsoft” and claims GPT-4 constitutes an AGI  —  Elon Musk has sued OpenAI, its co-founders Sam Altman and Greg Brockman and affiliated entities, alleging the ChatGPT makers …
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.
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.
Manish Singh / TechCrunch:
Google pulls 12+ popular apps from the Play Store in India for persistently not complying with billing policies, escalating a three-year dispute in the country  —  Google began removing some apps from the Play Store in India on Friday after warning earlier in the day that it will be taking actions …
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
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 …

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