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March 10, 2024, 10:45 PM

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Wall Street Journal:
Source: ex-Activision CEO Bobby Kotick has approached ByteDance to express interest in buying TikTok and floated the idea of partnering to Sam Altman and others  —  Legislation forcing a sale or shutdown of the popular app has rekindled interest in possible deal
Washington Post:
A look at the challenges of academic AI research, as costs to develop generative AI models grow rapidly and tech companies' salaries drain academia of talent  —  With eye-popping salaries and access to costly computing power, AI companies are draining academia of talent
Scharon Harding / Ars Technica:
Roku faces a backlash after it appears to lock devices of users who don't agree to its new Dispute Resolution Terms, asking them to write a letter to opt out  —  Users are opted in automatically unless they write a letter to Roku by March 21.  —  Roku customers are threatening to stop using …
Mark Gurman / Bloomberg:
A look at the design options Apple considered for its car, including one by Jony Ive that resembled a modern reincarnation of the 1950s Volkswagen microbus  —  The Apple car was a case study in what happens when corporate indecision, technological challenges and market realities combine …
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Q&A with ex-PlayStation boss Shawn Layden about his support for Web3 gaming company Readygg, blockchain games, mass layoffs, AI, controlling costs, and more  —  Shawn Layden used to run Sony Interactive Entertainment's Worldwide Studios, a position that gave him unique insight into the whole industry and triple-A games.
Boone Ashworth / Wired:
A look at AI-enabled dolls, such as those made by South Korea's Hyodol and Israel's Intuition Robotics, which offer companionship and assistance to older adults  —  Social robots for older adults might not be new, but now they're recording, listening—and talking back.
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Jordan Novet / CNBC:
Sophia Cai / Axios:
A look at Trump's TikTok flip-flop, as he recognizes the app's appeal to younger voters and repairs his relation with ByteDance investor and GOP donor Jeff Yass  —  I don't want Facebook, who cheated in the last Election, doing better.  They are a true Enemy of the People!"  Trump posted on Truth Social Thursday.
Louise Matsakis / Wired:
Influencers on Facebook, Instagram, TikTok, and other sites are promoting Chinese ecommerce sites like Pandabuy and DHGate that sell cheap counterfeit products  —  Influencers on TikTok and Reddit earn a cut of the counterfeit goods trade by promoting high-quality “replicas” sourced from ecommerce sites in China.
Lindsay Clark / The Register:
Palantir wins a US Army contract worth $178.4M to provide battlefield AI systems for the TITAN ground station, the Army's first “AI-defined vehicle”  —  US spy-tech firm at center of UK health data systems applies its technology to altogether different ends
Steve Nadis / Quanta Magazine:
In two recent papers, researchers detail a new breakthrough to speed up matrix multiplication, potentially leading to savings in computational power and money  —  By eliminating a hidden inefficiency, computer scientists have come up with a new way to multiply large matrices that's faster than ever.

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