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April 15, 2024, 1:25 PM

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Stephen Nellis / Reuters:
Adobe says it is in the early stages of developing a way to let Premiere Pro users tap AI models from OpenAI, Runway, and Pika Labs to generate and use video  —  Adobe (ADBE.O) on Monday said it is in the early stages of allowing the use of third-party generative artificial intelligence tools …
IDC:
Global smartphone shipments grew 7.8% YoY to 289.4M in Q1 2024; iPhone fell 9.6% YoY, more than all top brands, Xiaomi grew 33.8% YoY, and Samsung retook first  —  Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker , global smartphone shipments increased 7.8% year over year to 289.4 million units in the first quarter of 2024 (1Q24).
Financial Times:
The US awards Samsung up to $6.4B in CHIPS Act funding and says the company plans to make 2nm chips at its Taylor, Texas plant by 2026, two years ahead of TSMC  —  South Korean group set to outdo rival TSMC with cutting-edge 2nm chip production in US by 2026 as part of $40bn investment
Bloomberg:
OpenAI opens a Tokyo office, releases a Japanese language GPT-4 model, and taps former President of AWS Japan Tadao Nagasaki to woo enterprises in the country  —  OpenAI named the former president of Amazon Web Services's Japan arm to spearhead its push to woo enterprise clients in the world's fourth-largest economy.
New York Times:
Sources: Instagram is in the early stages of testing “Creator AI” chatbots for top influencers, which would automate DM responses to fans in a creator's “voice”  —  Instagram is testing a program that offers its top influencers the ability to interact with their followers over direct messages using a chatbot.
Artificial Intelligence Index:
Stanford's AI Index report: training top AI models gets more expensive, AI still trails humans on complex tasks, people have become more worried about AI, more  —  Welcome to the seventh edition of the AI Index report.  The 2024 Index is our most comprehensive to date and arrives …
Nilay Patel / The Verge:
Q&A with Dropbox CEO Drew Houston on adding AI tools, evolving beyond file syncing, rejecting Steve Jobs' acquisition bid, cloud storage, remote work, and more  —  Leaders can't ‘keep mashing the go back to 2019 button.’  —  Today, I'm talking with Dropbox CEO Drew Houston.
Meta:
Meta plans to temporarily shut down Threads in Turkey from April 29 to comply with a TCA interim order prohibiting data sharing between Threads and Instagram  —  To comply with an interim order of the Rekabet Kurumu/Turkish Competition Authority (TCA), we will shut down Threads in Türkiye from Monday 29 April.
Tony Romm / Washington Post:
AT&T, Charter, Comcast, and Verizon quietly lobby to weaken a $42.5B program to improve US internet access, aiming to block new rules on poor customers' bills  —  As Washington readies the largest burst of broadband funding in U.S. history, AT&T, Verizon and their allies are lobbying hard against lower prices for consumers
David Pan / Bloomberg:
Bitcoin's next halving, set for around April 20, will cut miners' earnings for validating transactions from 900 BTC to 450, costing them ~$10B in annual revenue  —  - Cryptocurrency's update will slash new supply in late April  — Competition for favorable electric rates growing from AI firms

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