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March 13, 2024, 1:30 AM

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Aisha Malik / TechCrunch:
Bluesky open sources its collaborative moderation tool Ozone and plans to let users run their own independent moderation services later this week  —  Decentralized Twitter/X rival Bluesky announced today that it's open sourcing Ozone, a tool that lets individuals and teams collaboratively review and label content on the network.
Chance Miller / 9to5Mac:
Apple unveils App Store updates for the EU, including Web Distribution, which will let authorized developers offer iOS apps on their websites from spring 2024  —  Last week, Apple released iOS 17.4 with big changes to the iPhone and App Store ecosystem to comply with the Digital Markets Act in the European Union.
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Charlotte Trueman / DatacenterDynamics:
Meta details its two new data center scale clusters, both containing 24,576 Nvidia H100 GPUs that the company is using for AI workloads like training Llama 3  —  Have been built to support AI research and development  —  Meta has shared the details of the hardware, network, storage, design …
Emilia David / The Verge:
Perplexity is licensing Yelp's data and integrating its maps, reviews, and other details in responses when users ask for restaurant recommendations  —  Perplexity CEO Aravind Srinivas tells The Verge that many people are using chatbots like regular search engines.
Sean O'Kane / TechCrunch:
Self-driving startup Applied Intuition raised a $250M Series E led by Lux, Elad Gil, and Porsche at a $6B valuation and works with “18 of the top 20 automakers”  —  Autonomous vehicle software company Applied Intuition has raised $250 million in a round that values the startup at $6 billion …
Financial Times:
Docs: Nigeria, which has held two Binance execs since February amid a crypto exchange crackdown, is pushing Binance for info on its top 100 local users and more  —  Authorities hold senior company executives for two weeks after crackdown on cryptocurrency websites
Wall Street Journal:
As TikTok faces a divestment bill in the US, a look at how lawmakers and the Biden administration quietly planned the legislation and caught TikTok by surprise  —  Executives of the video-messaging app thought they had fended off attacks.  Behind the scenes, lawmakers and Biden officials were working to force its ban or sale.
Bloomberg:
Letter: Chamath Palihapitiya's VC firm Social Capital said it fired two of its partners, citing an undisclosed “situation”, and hired a law firm to investigate  —  - Social Capital has declined to explain the sudden move  — High-profile firm said undisclosed ‘situation’ led to firing
Chris Eggertsen / Billboard:
Neil Young is bringing back his music to Spotify, after the removal in January 2022, saying “Apple and Amazon have started serving the same disinformation”  —  The singer-songwriter previously had his music removed from the platform over what he deemed the spread of vaccine misinformation on the Joe Rogan Experience.
Sean Michael Kerner / VentureBeat:
Chicago-based Ocient, which provides hyperscale data warehouse and analytics software, raised a $49.4M Series B extension, bringing its total funding to $119M  —  Hyperscale data warehouse vendor Ocient is raising $49.4 million in new funding, it announced today, as the company looks to grow …
Mayank Parmar / BleepingComputer:
Brave says after Apple added a default browser choice screen in the EU, daily installations of Brave on iOS jumped from ~8K to over 11K  —  Brave has seen a sharp increase in users installing its privacy-focused Brave Browser on iPhones after Apple introduced changes to adhere to the new European Digital Markets Act.
Ashlee Vance / Bloomberg:
Cognition AI, which offers a Copilot-like coding assistant that, the startup says, can finish whole projects, raised $21M from Founders Fund, Elad Gil, and more  —  A new startup called Cognition AI can turn a user's prompt into a website or video game.  —  A new installment of Silicon Valley's …
Daphné Leprince-Ringuet / Sifted:
Paris- and New York-based Adaptive ML, which helps businesses build custom tools with open-source generative AI models, raised a $20M seed led by Index Ventures  —  The French-American startup says it will help businesses turn off-the-shelf AI models into personalised tools
Jagmeet Singh / TechCrunch:
Google confirms rolling out restrictions to limit Gemini surfacing answers on election queries globally; the update is live in the US and rolling out in India  —  If you want to ask Google's AI chatbot a question about an upcoming election, you will have to do it from a country where there are no elections taking place.
Mark Gurman / Bloomberg:
Docs: RISC-V chip designer SiFive had $38.2M in revenue in 2023, a net operating loss of $113.1M, and expects to boost its licensing revenue to $60M this year  —  - Company has discussed possibility of initial public offering  — SiFive suffered loss of $113.1 million in 2023, documents show
Washington Post:
Sources: in summer 2023, Donald Trump asked Elon Musk if he wanted to buy Truth Social; Trump's advisers say the pair have talked about politics and business  —  The idea went nowhere, but the former president and the billionaire X owner have continued to communicate more than was previously known

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