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Sources: Microsoft and OpenAI are planning a $100B data center project with a US-based supercomputer dubbed “Stargate” to power OpenAI's products  —  Executives at Microsoft and OpenAI have been drawing up plans for a data center project that would contain a supercomputer …
Dan Goodin / Ars Technica:
Researchers find malicious code in versions of the compression tool XZ Utils that were incorporated into Linux distributions from Red Hat, Debian, and others  —  Malicious code planted in xz Utils has been circulating for more than a month.  —  Researchers have found a malicious backdoor …
Kyle Wiggers / TechCrunch:
OpenAI debuts Voice Engine, which lets users generate synthetic copy of a voice from a 15-second sample, available to around 100 partners, including HeyGen  —  As deepfakes proliferate, OpenAI is refining the tech used to clone voices — but the company insists it's doing so responsibly.
Aisha Malik / TechCrunch:
LinkedIn confirms testing a new TikTok-like short-form video feed; a demo shows a Video tab in LinkedIn app's navigation bar  —  LinkedIn is testing a new TikTok-like short-form video feed, the company confirmed to TechCrunch on Wednesday.  With this new test, LinkedIn joins numerous …
Source: the US House set a strict ban on congressional staffers' use of Microsoft Copilot; Microsoft hopes its upcoming tools will address the House's concerns  —  - The House last June restricted staffers' use of ChatGPT, allowing limited use of the paid subscription version while banning the free version.
Alex Heath / The Verge:
Sources: Amazon's AGI team is aiming to outperform Anthropic's latest Claude models by the middle of 2024 using the company's forthcoming LLM, codenamed Olympus  —  This week, Amazon completed the second phase of a deal announced last September, when it committed to investing up to $4 billion in OpenAI rival Anthropic.
Bill Toulas / BleepingComputer:
Google informs users in the US that Google Podcasts is shutting down April 2 and recommends exporting podcast subscriptions to YouTube Music  —  U.S. users have just a few more days to make the transition from Google Podcasts as the company moves forward with the process of discontinuing the service globally.
Keumars Afifi-Sabet / LiveScience:
Researchers say they achieved fiber-optic data transfer speeds of 301 Tbps by using the E-band, a spectral band that has never been used in commercial systems  —  The researchers hit a rate of 301 terabits per second — equivalent to transferring 1,800 4K movies over the internet in one second — using existing fiber-optic cables.
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Darius Rafieyan / Business Insider:
Filings from 2023 list Jacob Vespers as OpenAI Startup Fund's manager; OpenAI says “Vespers does not exist” and the docs are “fabricated”, without elaborating  —  - Documents filed in California last year named Jacob Thomas Vespers as manager of the OpenAI Startup Fund.
Colin Lecher / The City:
NYC's Microsoft-powered MyCity chatbot, launched as a pilot program last October, often gives inaccurate info, including telling businesses to break the law  —  The Microsoft-powered bot says bosses can take worker's tips and that landlords can discriminate based on source of income.  That's not right.
Frank Landymore / Futurism:
Many of Amazon's Kindles are displaying ads for blatantly AI-generated books on the lock screen, with some appearing to be flagrant copies of existing works  —  “I've never minded the ads on them... until they became flooded with AI-generated books.”  —  Amazon has been a huge staging ground …
Alex Kantrowitz / Big Technology:
A profile of DeepMind's Demis Hassabis, who was just knighted, as some wonder if he can navigate Google's bureaucracy and turn AI research into great products  —  Demis Hassabis stares intently through the screen when I ask him whether he can save Google.  It's early evening in his native U.K …

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