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March 20, 2024, 10:45 AM

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Financial Times:
The US awards Intel $8.5B in CHIPS Act funding and $11B in loans to expand in Arizona, Ohio, New Mexico, and Oregon; Intel plans to spend $100B over five years  —  Preliminary agreement under US Chips Act also includes $11bn loan as company expands capacity in Arizona and other states
Business Insider:
Sources: OpenAI plans to release GPT-5 in mid-2024, likely during the summer, and some enterprise customers have recently received demos of the latest model  —  - OpenAI's main product is the popular generative AI tool ChatGPT.  — Since its last major model upgrade to GPT-4, the tool has run into performance issues.
Jess Weatherbed / The Verge:
SteamDB: after releasing its massive 1.6 update, Stardew Valley hit 146,159 concurrent players on Steam, a new record and above Palworld's stats this week  —  The cozy farming simulator hit 146,159 concurrent players on Steam according to SteamDB data, smashing the game's previous record …
Ashley Belanger / Ars Technica:
Glassdoor users complain after the service added their real names to their profiles without their consent; Glassdoor cross-populates data between its services  —  Anonymous review site Glassdoor now consults public sources to identify users.  —  Glassdoor, where employees go to leave anonymous reviews …
Emma Roth / The Verge:
In a brief demo, Meta shows how Threads could handle turning on fediverse sharing, including waiting five minutes before sending a Threads post to the fediverse  —  Threads is coming to the fediverse — and we just got our first official look at how that might work from Meta itself.
Bill Toulas / BleepingComputer:
Trend Micro researchers detail Earth Krahang, a China-linked APT campaign that has breached 70 organizations in 23 countries and is potentially linked to I-Soon  —  A sophisticated hacking campaign attributed to a Chinese Advanced Persistent Threat (APT) group known as 'Earth Krahang …
Satya Nadella / The Official Microsoft Blog:
Samuel Stolton / Bloomberg:
France fines Google €250M for failing to broker deals with media outlets over content links and using articles to train its AI tech, after a €500M fine in 2021  —  - Firm also accused of breaking other commitments in news case  — Watchdog levies €250 million penalty in latest escalation
Shirin Ghaffary / Bloomberg:
Inflection AI plans to license its technology to Microsoft; a source says investors in Inflection AI, which has raised more than $1.5B, will be made whole  —  - Reid Hoffman will be last remaining co-founder at the startup  — Inflection investors said to be on track to make money
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Steven Levy / Wired:
An in-depth look at the 2017 “Attention Is All You Need” paper, a big breakthrough in AI, and profiles of the eight Google researchers who co-authored the paper  —  They met by chance, got hooked on an idea, and wrote the “Transformers” paper—the most consequential tech breakthrough in recent history.
Ash Parrish / The Verge:
How Sweet Baby, a small video game narrative development company, became the focus of Gamergate 2.0, a harassment campaign against “forced” diversity in gaming  —  A group of gamers has mobilized a harassment campaign against a story consultant company, marginalized developers …
Foo Yun Chee / Reuters:
EU antitrust chief Margrethe Vestager warns Apple over its Core Technology Fee, saying the EU plans to investigate, and Meta over its planned subscription fees  —  EU antitrust chief Margrethe Vestager on Tuesday warned Apple (AAPL.O) and Meta Platforms (META.O) on their new fees for their services …
Kamila Wojciechowska / Android Authority:
Source: Google's Pixel 8a will have a 6.1" 120Hz OLED display at 1,400 nits, a Tensor G3 chip, DisplayPort support, and the same camera sensor as the Pixel 7a  —  The Pixel 8a's major upgrades will make it even more competitive, but raise further questions over the vanilla Pixel 8.
Kate Irwin / PCMag:
Fitbit is working with Google Research to create an LLM based on Gemini to provide Fitbit mobile app users with personalized data and health recommendations  —  Google is training Gemini on health data, and it's creating a new AI model for the Fitbit app that can give advice tailored to your needs.
Financial Times:
Sources: Canada and the UAE have lobbied leading AI startups based in Europe, including Aleph Alpha, Synthesia, and Stability AI, to move their headquarters  —  Canada and UAE lobby companies amid global competition over developing cutting-edge technology  —  Leading European …

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