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March 6, 2024, 7:45 PM

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Jon Porter / The Verge:
Epic says Apple removed its iOS developer account, hampering its app store plans, and shares a letter from Apple lawyers calling Epic “verifiably untrustworthy”  —  After Epic CEO Tim Sweeney criticized how Apple is rolling out alternative app stores on iOS in the EU …
Zac Hall / 9to5Mac:
In letter to Epic, Apple's lawyers cite Tim Sweeney's public attacks, including an X post, and say Epic is part of a “global effort to undermine” Apple's rules  —  In the latest installment of Things No One Should Lose Sleep Over, Epic Games says Apple has taken down its newly reinstated developer account in the EU.
Punchbowl News:
The White House is backing a bipartisan bill that would force ByteDance to sell TikTok if it wants to remain in US app stores  —  The Biden White House is backing a bipartisan bill that could lead to a ban on the hugely popular social media app TikTok in the United States.
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
As part of its DMA compliance plan, Google details its program that lets Play Store developers lead EEA users outside their app, including fees of 5% to 17%  —  Google today is sharing more details about the fees that will accompany its plan to comply with Europe's new Digital Markets Act …
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.
Eric Tucker / Associated Press:
The US DOJ says a former Google software engineer has been charged with stealing AI technology from Google while secretly working with two China-based companies  —  A former software engineer at Google has been charged with stealing artificial intelligence technology from the company …
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” …
Bloomberg:
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Meta details WhatsApp and Messenger interoperability under the EU's DMA, saying third parties must use Signal's protocol, which Meta already uses for encryption  —  Meta today is offering more details about how it plans to make its messaging apps, WhatsApp and Messenger …
Financial Times:
Email: Spanish data protection regulator AEPD demands Worldcoin cease collecting personal data in the country and gives the company 72 hours to prove compliance  —  Spain has moved to block Sam Altman's cryptocurrency project Worldcoin, the latest blow to a venture that has raised controversy …
Dell Cameron / Wired:
In a letter, 41 state AGs call on Meta to address the “dramatic increase” in Facebook and Instagram account takeovers and say hackers buy ads on its services  —  A coalition of 41 state attorneys general says Meta is failing to assist Facebook and Instagram users whose accounts have been hacked …
Bloomberg:
A deep dive into Apple's failed EV project: management's indecision, various prototypes, partnership talks with Mercedes-Benz, Tesla, McLaren, and others, more  —  Tim Cook shut down plans to acquire Tesla before cycling through a junkyard's worth of self-driving designs over the past decade.
Cat Zakrzewski / Washington Post:
NIST staff, US officials, congressional aides, and tech executives detail a massive resources gap between NIST, tasked with keeping AI safe, and tech companies  —  Funding challenges at the National Institute of Standards and Technology could jeopardize the Biden administration AI work
Clare Duffy / CNN:
CCDH: Midjourney, DreamStudio, ChatGPT Plus, and Microsoft Image Creator created election disinformation in 41% of tests; Midjourney was most likely to do so  —  New York CNN —  —  Leading artificial intelligence image generators can be manipulated into creating misleading election-related images …
Jonathan Vanian / CNBC:
Facebook says it's working on an AI system for its video recommendations across its entire ecosystem, and tests have led to an 8%-10% gain in Reels watch time  —  - Tom Alison, the head of Facebook, said on Wednesday that the company is working on a AI model to “power our entire video ecosystem.”
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 …
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) …

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