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March 6, 2024, 1:50 PM

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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” …
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.
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 …
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.
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 …
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.
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
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) …
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
Charlotte Trueman / DatacenterDynamics:
AI chip startup Taalas emerges from stealth, raised $50M across two rounds led by Pierre Lamond and Quiet Capital, and plans to unveil its LLM chip in Q3 2024  —  Launched by Tenstorrent founder Ljubisa Bajic  —  AI chip startup Taalas has emerged from stealth to announce that it has raised $50 million over two funding rounds.
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
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.

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