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March 8, 2024, 10:05 AM

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Mathias Hammer / Semafor:
The US House Energy and Commerce Committee advances a bill that would force ByteDance to divest TikTok, after TikTok's campaign reportedly enraged legislators  —  Semafor Signals  —  Insights from The New York Times, Financial Times, and CNN  —  The News
Rebecca Falconer / Axios:
Donald Trump declares support for TikTok, saying a ban will double the business of “Facebook and Zuckerschmuck” and Facebook is the “true enemy of the people”  —  - Congress members were inundated with calls from angry constituents after TikTok told its users …
Axios:
Angry constituents flood congressional offices with calls following TikTok's push notification asking users to call their representatives about a possible ban  —  - House Speaker Mike Johnson (R-La.) said he supported the bill being marked up on Thursday, just two days after it was unveiled …
Mia Sato / The Verge:
Bloomberg:
Tests show GPT 3.5 systematically produces biases that disadvantage protected groups based on their names alone when screening and ranking candidates for jobs  —  Recruiters are eager to use generative AI, but a Bloomberg experiment found bias against job candidates based on their names alone
Bloomberg:
Sources say SMIC used equipment from California-based Applied Materials and Lam Research to manufacture an advanced 7nm chip in China for Huawei in 2023  —  - SMIC used Applied Materials and Lam equipment to make 7nm chip  — US wants to further limit China's access to foreign chip tech
Abner Li / 9to5Google:
Google says Gemini Nano won't come to the Pixel 8 due to “some hardware limitations”, but plans to bring the LLM to more “high-end devices in the near future”  —  During The Android Show today, Google shared more about Gemini Nano, including how it won't be coming to the Pixel 8.
Karissa Bell / Engadget:
X unveils Articles, a feature for writing and sharing long-form content in a basic text-editing interface, for verified organizations and Premium+ subscribers  —  Long-winded VCs on X now have a new way to be exhausting on main.  —  Journalists, creators and long-winded VCs on X now have a new way to be exhausting on main.
New York Times:
Sources: OpenAI CTO Mira Murati brought questions about Sam Altman's management to the board in 2023, before he was ousted; a new board is expected imminently  —  Mira Murati, OpenAI's chief technology officer, brought questions about Mr. Altman's management to the board last year before he was briefly ousted from the company.
Evan Halper / Washington Post:
US data center demand for AI and crypto mining are putting new pressures on an overtaxed power grid, as bottlenecks mount and utilities struggle to keep up  —  AI and the boom in clean-tech manufacturing are pushing America's power grid to the brink.  Utilities can't keep up.
Phil Serafino / Bloomberg:
Filing: chipmaker Astera Labs, which offers cloud and AI connectivity hardware, plans to raise as much as $534M in its US IPO  —  Astera is selling 14.79 million shares, while existing investors are offering another 3.01 million, the Santa Clara, California-based company said Friday in a regulatory filing.
Addie Morfoot / Variety:
How Netflix's stand-up specials, COVID, and rise of platforms like TikTok and YouTube have transformed the comedy business, broadening comedians' reach  —  Netflix, COVID and social media have been game changers for the comedy business, with the pandemic accelerating shifts already underway across the media landscape.
Reuters:
Broadcom expects $10B in revenue from AI-related chips in 2024, as CEO Hock Tan says AI revenue, up 4x YoY to $2.3B in Q1, offset cyclical business slowdown  —  Broadcom (AVGO.O) said on Thursday it expects $10 billion in revenue from chips related to artificial intelligence this year …

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