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March 6, 2024, 10:50 AM

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Niléane / MacStories:
Apple releases iOS 17.4 with a new default browser prompt in the EU, support for third-party browser engines, transcripts for Podcasts, 118 new emojis, and more  —  Today, Apple released iOS and iPadOS 17.4, the fourth major updates to the operating systems that launched in September and Federico reviewed on MacStories.
Benjamin Mayo / 9to5Mac:
Apple says alternative app stores will stop working, and the apps installed from them will stop updating, if a user travels outside of the EU “for too long”  —  Regain clarity with CleanMyPhone by MacPaw — the new AI-powered cleaning app that quickly identifies and removes blurred images …
Emma Roth / The Verge:
Bloomberg:
OpenAI fires back at Elon Musk's lawsuit, accusing Musk of suing when the company “started making meaningful progress towards OpenAI's mission without him”  —  Musk filed the lawsuit last week against OpenAI, Chief Executive Officer Sam Altman and President Greg Brockman …
The Verge:
OpenAI says that while discussing a for-profit structure, Elon Musk “wanted us to merge with Tesla” or “majority equity, initial board control, and to be CEO”  —  In a blog post published on Tuesday, OpenAI said it will move to dismiss “all of Elon's claims” …
Hayden Field / CNBC:
Microsoft engineer Shane Jones warns the FTC and Microsoft's board that Copilot Designer generates violent and sexual images, violates copyright laws, and more  —  - Shane Jones, who's worked at Microsoft for six years, has been testing the company's AI image generator in his free time and told CNBC he is disturbed by his findings.
Nitasha Tiku / Washington Post:
More than 100 top AI researchers sign an open letter imploring AI companies to provide a legal and technical safe harbor for researchers to study their products  —  Tech company policies have put a chill on independent AI research, says open letter  —  More than 100 top artificial intelligence …
Paul Sawers / TechCrunch:
Under regulatory pressure around vendor lock-in, AWS follows Google in dropping egress fees for moving data out of its cloud; Microsoft Azure's fees remain  —  Amazon's cloud computing subsidiary AWS has revealed that it will allow customers to transfer their data out of its ecosystem with no so-called “egress fees” attached.
Michael J. Totten / City Journal:
A look at the AI revolution, reminiscent of the industrial revolution but unfolding over years rather than centuries, and the views of AI optimists and doomers  —  Machines can now talk with us in ways that aren't preprogrammed.  They can draw pictures, write passable (if generic) …
Bloomberg:
Sources: the US presses the Netherlands, Germany, South Korea, Japan, and other allies to tighten China chip rules more, a controversial move drawing resistance  —  - Washington wants to control key chemical, more machinery parts  — US pushes Seoul, Berlin to jointly contain China's tech rise
More: Reuters
Wall Street Journal:
An in-depth look at Nvidia's DGX H100 setup: 32 DGX boxes, each weighing ~300lbs and housing eight individual $25K H100 GPUs, a cooling system, and other chips  —  Built to drive the graphics of videogames including ‘Call of Duty, ’ they now also power ChatGPT and other AI tools
Mia Sato / The Verge:
TikTok moves its Creativity Program, now rebranded as the Creator Rewards Program, out of beta, and requires videos to be longer than a minute to be monetized  —  A year ago, TikTok introduced a new way for creators on the platform to make money: make longer videos.
Axios:
Sources: a16z expects to raise $6.5B to $7B for a master feeder fund, closing in early April; 50% would go to its fourth growth fund and 10% to its gaming fund  —  - Half would go to the firm's fourth growth fund, which would represent a significant size decline from its $5 billion predecessor.
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Reuters:
A BlackCat ransomware gang website shows a takedown notice; the UK NCA denies involvement and experts suggest an exit scam after an alleged UnitedHealth payment  —  A website used by hackers responsible for a breach at UnitedHealth Group (UNH.N) has been replaced by a notice saying it has been seized by international law enforcement.
Sankalp Phartiyal / Bloomberg:
NPCI data: UPI transactions processed by Paytm fell 14% to $19.9B from January 2024 after RBI curbs, while PhonePe rose nearly 7% and Google Pay rose almost 6%  —  - Paytm loses usage even before any disruption to its systems  — Services of Walmart, Google capitalize on Paytm's troubles

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