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March 17, 2024, 6:50 AM

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Scharon Harding / Ars Technica:
In a company blog post, Broadcom CEO Hock Tan acknowledged “unease” among VMware customers and partners after making sweeping post-acquisition changes  —  “There's more to come.”  —  Broadcom CEO and President Hock Tan has acknowledged the discomfort VMware customers and partners …
Michael Nuñez / VentureBeat:
Apple researchers detail MM1, a series of multimodal LLMs with up to 30B parameters they say achieve state-of-the-art performance across multiple AI benchmarks  —  Apple researchers have developed new methods for training large language models on both text and images, enabling more powerful …
Magdalene J. Taylor / New York Times:
A look at the collapse of dating apps' usability, which can be blamed on the paid subscription model and the near monopoly the apps have over the dating world  —  “The golden age of dating apps is over,” a friend told me at a bar on Super Bowl Sunday.  As we waited for our drinks …
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
LinkedIn confirms it is working on adding puzzle-based games; a researcher says it is testing ranking companies in the games based on the scores of employees  —  LinkedIn, the Microsoft-owned social platform, has made a name for itself primarily as a platform for people looking to network …
Madhumita Murgia / Financial Times:
How an Uber Eats worker created UberCheats, a web app that computed the actual distance a courier traveled, after suspecting algorithmic error and underpayment  —  A tech-savvy Uber Eats worker was sick of the algorithms that controlled his day.  So he decided to fight back
Axios:
A look at a potential TikTok US sale, with an estimated valuation of $100B, or $40B without the algorithm, as Steven Mnuchin and others form investor groups  —  - TikTok's U.S. revenue reportedly was between $16 billion and $20 billion in 2023, but CEO Shou Zi Chew has said the company is in the red.
Reuters:
Sources: SpaceX's Starshield is building a network of spy satellites under a classified, $1.8B contract with the US spy agency National Reconnaissance Office  —  SpaceX is building a network of hundreds of spy satellites under a classified contract with a U.S. intelligence agency …
Joshua Oliver / Financial Times:
FTX's collapse exposed problems with crypto that are just as relevant today, including a lack of decentralization and companies' persistent regulatory battles  —  Jay Gatsby, Albert Einstein, Frodo Baggins, John Pierpont Morgan, Michael Jordan, Bill Gates, Elon Musk, Mark Zuckerberg …
Tim Higgins / Wall Street Journal:
How Elon Musk courted Don Lemon to show that X isn't a right-wing tool, as the breakup highlights Linda Yaccarino's thankless task of trying to assure brands  —  Unexpected split leaves X CEO Linda Yaccarino with another loss  —  Don Lemon got to see both sides of Elon Musk.
Benjamin Shestakofsky / IEEE Spectrum:
An excerpt from the book Behind the Startup details how an unnamed Silicon Valley-based unicorn's push for rapid growth left little time for actual engineering  —  For 19 months, the sociologist Benjamin Shestakofsky embedded himself in an early-stage tech startup to study its organization and culture.
Miranda Bryant / The Guardian:
Lotte Rubæk, a psychologist who advises Meta on suicide prevention and self-harm, quits, accusing Meta of “turning a blind eye” to harmful content on Instagram  —  Exclusive: Psychologist accuses Meta of ‘turning a blind eye’ to posts she believes represent further danger to vulnerable women

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