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March 30, 2024, 8:15 AM

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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 …
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The Information:
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 …
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.
Eric Benjamin Seufert / Mobile Dev Memo:
EU's hostility towards Meta's “Pay or Okay” model is misguided as the model does not force users to use Meta's platforms and it has been deemed GDPR compliant  —  On Monday, the European Commission announced that it is launching investigations into Alphabet, Apple, and Meta under the Digital Markets Act (DMA).
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 …
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.
Axios:
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.
Victoria Song / The Verge:
As Gmail turns 20 on April 1, a look at its impact on online communication and its future as other messaging apps have come to dominate how we communicate  —  Gmail revolutionized email with fast search and a whole gigabyte of storage.  But where's it headed next?
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 …
Candice L. Odgers / Nature:
There is no evidence that using social media is driving an epidemic of mental illness and blaming it can distract from effectively responding to the real causes  —  The Anxious Generation: How the Great Rewiring of Childhood is Causing an Epidemic of Mental Illness Jonathan Haidt Allen Lane (2024)
Christopher Mims / Wall Street Journal:
Several legal experts say Section 230 will not protect firms from lawsuits over the outputs of generative AI, echoing SCOTUS Justice Gorsuch's 2023 statement  —  Legal scholars, lawmakers and at least one Supreme Court justice agree that companies will be liable for the things their AIs say and do …

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