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March 28, 2024, 5:45 AM

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Benj Edwards / Ars Technica:
Anthropic's Claude 3 Opus surpassed OpenAI's GPT-4 for the first time on Chatbot Arena, a crowdsourced leaderboard used by AI researchers for LLM evaluations  —  Anthropic's Claude 3 is first to unseat GPT-4 since launch of Chatbot Arena in May '23.  —  On Tuesday, Anthropic's Claude 3 …
Samuel K. Moore / IEEE Spectrum:
MLCommons announces results from its MLPerf 4.0 inference benchmarks, which added Llama 2 70B and Stable Diffusion XL; systems with Nvidia GPUs came out on top  —  Times change, and so must benchmarks.  Now that we're firmly in the age of massive generative AI, it's time to add two such behemoths …
Rebekah Valentine / IGN:
Take-Two acquires Borderlands developer Gearbox Entertainment from the Embracer Group for $460M in stock; the deal is expected to close by the end of June 2024  —  A new Homeworld game is also in development.  —  Embracer Group has officially divested Gearbox Entertainment …
CNBC:
Amazon invests another $2.75B in Anthropic, the second tranche of its planned $4B investment in the AI startup, after investing $1.25B in September 2023  —  Amazon is making its largest outside investment in its three-decade history as it looks to gain an edge in the artificial intelligence race.
Jess Weatherbed / The Verge:
Oregon's governor signs the first US right-to-repair law that bans manufacturers from using “parts pairing” to dictate what replacement components can be used  —  Oregon Governor Tina Kotek has now signed one of the strongest US right-to-repair bills into law after it passed …
Open Web Advocacy:
How in-app browsers silently subvert user choice, stifle innovation, trap users into apps, break websites, and enable apps to severely undermine user privacy  —  In-App Browsers subvert user choice, stifle innovation, trap users into apps, break websites and enable applications to severely undermine user privacy.
Álvaro / eXputer:
Leaked images show a white disc-less Xbox Series X console, which Microsoft plans to release in 2024, with the same design as the existing black Xbox Series X  —  This in continuation of eXputer's previous report back in February. … Back in February, I reported that Microsoft has plans …
Taylor Lorenz / Washington Post:
GLAAD: Meta is failing to curb posts calling for violence against trans people, posts calling trans and gender nonconforming people “satanic”, and more  —  GLAAD catalogued dozens of instances of anti-trans posts, many by high-profile influencers and media outlets
Jess Weatherbed / The Verge:
Google adds AI-generated trip itineraries to Search, translation to Circle to Search, and curated recommendations in Maps in 40+ cities across the US and Canada  —  Google is introducing a handful of updates that aim to take some of the stress out of planning trips and outings …
Rashi Shrivastava / Forbes:
NYC-based Hume, which offers a conversational AI that, Hume says, can interpret emotions based on people's voices, raised a $50M Series B at a $219M valuation  —  Hume has raised $50 million in funding at a $219 million valuation to build “empathic” conversational AI.  —  Alan Cowen feigns a dejected expression.
Nicola Agius / Search Engine Land:
Google blocked or removed 5.5B ads and 12.7M advertiser accounts for violating its policies in 2023, up from 5.2B ads and 6.7M advertiser accounts in 2022  —  The number of advertisers who were blocked or removed due to policy violations nearly doubled compared to the previous year.  —  Chat with SearchBot

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