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March 28, 2024, 10:15 AM

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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 …
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 …
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:
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 …
Wired:
Investigation: data broker Near Intelligence left the coordinates of nearly 200 mobile devices of people who visited Jeffrey Epstein's island exposed online  —  A WIRED investigation uncovered coordinates collected by a controversial data broker that reveal sensitive information about visitors …
Tabby Kinder / Financial Times:
A profile of Anduril founder Palmer Luckey, as the AI surveillance and defense tech startup, which sells drones to the US, expects $1B in annual revenue by 2026  —  Silicon Valley has found a lucrative trade selling AI-powered weapons — and Palmer Luckey is leading the way
Emilia David / The Verge:
The US OMB releases new guidance on AI, requiring all federal agencies to have a senior leader overseeing all AI systems they use and submit an annual AI report  —  All US federal agencies will now be required to have a senior leader overseeing all AI systems they use, as the government wants …
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.
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
Emily Nicolle / Bloomberg:
Marc Andreessen, Chris Dixon, Galaxy Digital, and others invest $75M in crypto fund 1kx, which has raised ~$200M since 2018 and invested in Rarible and more  —  - 1kx is targeting areas including crypto consumer applications  — VC funding has been slower to recover than crypto prices
Kate Park / TechCrunch:
Pelago, formerly Quit Genius, which provides virtual therapy sessions for treating addictions, raised a $58M Series C, bringing its total funding to $151M  —  Pelago Health, Y Combinator-backed telehealth company that uses cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) to help treat people with tobacco …
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Jackie Davalos / Bloomberg:
Microsoft rolls out Azure AI Studio tools to stop users from making AI chatbots behave in unintended ways, including “prompt shields” and warning alerts  —  - Company's Copilot recently generated weird, harmful responses  — Defenses are designed to spot and block suspicious activity
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.

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