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May 1, 2024, 1:40 PM

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Hayden Field / CNBC:
Anthropic launches a free iOS app and Team, its first enterprise plan, which offers access to its Claude 3 Opus, Sonnet, and Haiku models for $30/user/month  —  Anthropic on Wednesday announced its first-ever enterprise offering and a free iPhone app.  —  The generative artificial intelligence startup …
Ash Parrish / The Verge:
Meta unveils Batman: Arkham Shadow, a VR game and the next entry in the iconic Batman: Arkham game series, launching exclusively on the Quest 3 later in 2024  —  Iron Man VR developer Camouflaj and Oculus Studios are developing the game, which is set to release later this year.
Karissa Bell / Engadget:
LinkedIn debuts three Wordle-style puzzle games: theme-based guessing game Pinpoint, Sudoku- and Minesweeper-style crossover Queens, and trivia game Crossclimb  —  How long until “What I learned about B2B sales from playing Crossclimb”?  —  LinkedIn, the professional network known …
Mishaal Rahman / Android Authority:
An APK review suggests Rabbit's R1 runs Android, and its entire UI is powered by a single Android app; founder Jesse Lyu says “rabbit r1 is not an Android app”  —  The Rabbit R1 is probably running Android and is certainly powered by an Android app under the hood.  —  •  —  TL;DR
Andy Greenberg / Wired:
Elliptic, MIT, and IBM release an AI detection model and its 200M-transaction training dataset to help identify money laundering on Bitcoin's blockchain  —  Blockchain analysis firm Elliptic, MIT, and IBM have released a new AI model—and the 200-million-transaction dataset it's trained on …
Bloomberg:
DOJ v. Google: Microsoft invested in OpenAI over fears of falling behind Google; Kevin Scott said he was “very, very worried” in a 2019 email to Satya Nadella  —  - Google faces US antitrust case about its dominance in search  — Microsoft's communications deemed relevant to defense by judge
Wes Davis / The Verge:
LastPass separates from GoTo, which announced the spinoff in December 2021, six years after acquiring LastPass; the service suffered high-profile hacks in 2022  —  It's been over a year and a half since LastPass suffered back-to-back high-profile hacks, and the company now says it has separated from its parent company, GoTo.
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Steven Levy / Wired:
Q&A with White House Office of Science and Technology Policy Director Arati Prabhakar on her role, working at DARPA, AI, showing ChatGPT to Biden, and more  —  Arati Prabhakar has the ear of the US president and a massive mission: help manage AI, revive the semiconductor industry, and pull off a cancer moonshot.
Elizabeth Lopatto / The Verge:
A US judge sentences Binance founder Changpeng Zhao to four months in prison; Zhao pled guilty in November 2023  —  Binance founder Changpeng Zhao was sentenced to four months in prison for failing to establish adequately anti-money laundering protections.  Zhao, once the head …
Maxwell Zeff / Gizmodo:
A look at gpt2-chatbot, a mysterious AI chatbot that became available on LLM benchmarking site LMSYS Org and is believed to have similar capabilities to GPT-4  —  An advanced AI model with unknown origins turned heads this week as online communities unpacked a cryptic tweet from Sam Altman.
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Gaby Del Valle / The Verge:
Over 50 ex-Google employees, fired in connection with a sit-in protest against Google's business ties to Israel, file an NLRB complaint for unlawful retaliation  —  A software engineer who was fired from Google in connection to internal protests at the company's offices says the company retaliated …
Ben Schoon / 9to5Google:
Google Phone's beta app gets “Audio Emoji”, letting callers select an emoji to play animations with sound: clapping, laughing, party, crying, poop, and sting  —  The Google Phone app is picking up a new trick, with the app now rolling out “Audio Emoji” to some users.
Politico:
How all the bills under consideration in US states meant to address AI bias contain loopholes that would make it too easy for companies to avoid accountability  —  AI is potentially transformative.  Whether that's a good or bad thing depends on whether we set the right rules.
Jesse Hamilton / CoinDesk:
US House Financial Services Committee Chair Patrick McHenry accuses Gary Gensler of misleading Congress on the SEC's position on whether ether is a security  —  The chairman of the House Financial Services Committee says Gensler refused to discuss his view on ETH in testimony even after the SEC was investigating it as a security.
Jeff John Roberts / Fortune:
The US DOJ charges Roger Ver, a well-known figure from the early days of Bitcoin, with filing false tax returns and more to evade paying nearly $50M  —  The Justice Department announced on Tuesday it has charged Roger Ver, a well-known figure from the early days of Bitcoin, with mail fraud and filing false tax returns.

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