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March 13, 2024, 2:45 PM

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CNBC:
The EU Parliament approves the AI Act, voting 523 in favor and 46 against, despite competition fears; the Act, born in 2021, puts AI tech into risk categories  —  - The European Union Parliament on Wednesday approved the world's first major set of regulatory ground rules to govern …
Cristiano Lima-Strong / Washington Post:
The US House passes a bipartisan TikTok bill that forces a sale or ban of the app; the legislation faces an uncertain Senate path without a companion measure  —  The swift rebuke shifts attention to the Senate, where the bill faces significant political barriers and constitutional concerns
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Emilia David / The Verge:
Google DeepMind details SIMA, an AI agent training to learn gaming skills to play like a human; SIMA trained on No Man's Sky, Goat Simulator 3, and other games  —  Google DeepMind unveiled SIMA, an AI agent training to learn gaming skills so it plays more like a human instead of an overpowered AI that does its own thing.
Alex Weprin / The Hollywood Reporter:
Don Lemon says Elon Musk canceled The Don Lemon Show's partnership with X, hours after taping an interview with Musk on March 8 for the show's debut episode  —  The former CNN host interviewed the tech mogul last week, with the chat set to be the launch episode of his new ‘Don Lemon Show.’
Ali Winston / Wired:
An analysis of 3M+ Discord and Telegram chats in 50+ groups finds a global network of thousands of violent predators who target, groom, and extort kids online  —  A global network of violent predators is hiding in plain sight, targeting children on major platforms, grooming them, and extorting them to commit horrific acts of abuse.
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Joanna Stern / Wall Street Journal:
An interview with OpenAI CTO Mira Murati on Sora, set for release later in 2024, its training data, red-teaming Sora, working with the film industry, and more  —  In an exclusive interview with our columnist, CTO Mira Murati explains the company's new Sora AI video tool and how it plans to roll it out
Romain Dillet / TechCrunch:
Spotify rolls out music videos on mobile and desktop in beta in 11 markets, including Brazil, Germany, Indonesia, Italy, and the UK, for Premium subscribers  —  Spotify is adding music videos to its mobile and desktop apps in some markets.  They are tightly integrated with the company's music library …
Jordan Novet / CNBC:
Microsoft announces Microsoft Copilot for Security will be generally available on April 1, payable via a new Security Compute Unit that costs $4 per hour  —  - The Microsoft Copilot for Security will cost $4 per “security compute unit” when it becomes available in April.
Olga Kharif / Bloomberg:
Ethereum completes its Dencun upgrade, which lowers expenses on Layer 2 networks by storing data in “blobs”; a transaction that once cost $1 can now cost a cent  —  - Software upgrade reduces costs for so-called Layer 2 chains  — Upgrade expected to spur on development of new apps and chains
George Hammond / Financial Times:
Memo: John Collison says Stripe is in “no rush” to go public and its payment volume rose 25% YoY to $1T in 2023; source: Stripe hit ~$1B in Q3 2023 net revenue  —  Payments company has become a Silicon Valley bellwether as its valuation has risen and fallen over the past few years
Bill Toulas / BleepingComputer:
A US jury convicts Russian-Swedish national Roman Sterlingov for operating crypto “tumbler” Bitcoin Fog between 2011 and 2021, laundering 1.2M+ BTC worth ~$400M  —  Russian-Swedish national Roman Sterlingov was convicted by a federal jury in Washington, D.C., for operating Bitcoin Fog between 2011 and 2021.
Tiernan Ray / ZDNet:
Cerebras announces the WSE-3, a TSMC-made 5nm chip almost the size of a 12-inch wafer with 4T transistors, up from 2.6T in the WSE-2, for training AI models  —  The race for ever-larger generative artificial intelligence models continues to fuel the chip industry.
Chris Eggertsen / Billboard:
Neil Young brings his music back to Spotify after requesting its 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.
Patricia Hernandez / Polygon:
How MrBeast dominates this ostentatious YouTube era, using a fast, frantic, and omnipresent editing style, as his videos slowly evolve to focus on storytelling  —  Jimmy Donaldson warped YouTube in his image — but YouTube is warping him back  —  In the fall of 2023, a clip ripped from a video …
Shirin Ghaffary / Bloomberg:
OpenAI announces partnerships with Le Monde and Prisa Media to bring French and Spanish language news content to ChatGPT and help train OpenAI's models  —  The startup has made a global effort to reach licensing agreements with publishers.  —  OpenAI has inked licensing deals …
More: Reuters and OpenAI
Mike Isaac / New York Times:
How Reddit CEO Steve Huffman, who returned in 2015 during a leadership crisis, grew the website from $12M in annual revenue to $800M+ and from 80 staff to 2,000  —  The site, a throwback to an earlier era of social media, is poised to go public as soon as next week.  It hasn't been easy to reach this point.
Mayank Parmar / BleepingComputer:
Brave says that daily Brave iOS app installs jumped from ~8K to over 11K after Apple added a default browser choice screen in the EU to comply with the DMA  —  Brave has seen a sharp increase in users installing its privacy-focused Brave Browser on iPhones after Apple introduced changes …
Kirsten Korosec / TechCrunch:
Waymo plans to debut its Waymo One robotaxi service in LA on March 14, gradually onboarding from a 50K+ waitlist, and in Austin commercially by the end of 2024  —  Waymo will begin offering a robotaxi service to the public in Los Angeles this week and in Austin by the end of the year …
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
RevenueCat survey of nearly 30K mobile subscription apps: only 17.2% will reach $1,000 in monthly revenue and only 3.5% will reach $10,000 in monthly revenue  —  Investors know that most startups fail, but something that may be less understood is how few mobile apps actually make money.

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