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May 5, 2024, 5:00 PM

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Anthony Ha / TechCrunch:
Jack Dorsey replies “no” to an X user who asked if he was still on the Bluesky board; it's not clear when he left, as Bluesky's FAQ still lists him as a member  —  It sounds like Bluesky's most prominent backer is no longer on its board.  —  On Saturday, Jack Dorsey posted on X …
Anthony Ha / TechCrunch:
Meta launches quote post controls for all Threads users, who can allow quotes from everyone on Threads, only the people they follow, or disable quote posts  —  Threads users can now exert more control over who can quote their posts.  —  This builds on a feature that already allows Threads users …
Tara Copp / Associated Press:
US Air Force plans a fleet of 1,000+ AI-controlled jets, the first of them operating by 2028; some AI versions already beat human pilots in air-to-air combat  —  With the midday sun blazing, an experimental orange and white F-16 fighter jet launched with a familiar roar that is a hallmark of U.S. airpower.
Jessica Lucas / The Verge:
Some teen users of Character.AI's chatbots say they find the AI companions helpful, entertaining, and supportive but worry they may be addicted to the chatbots  —  Teens are opening up to AI chatbots as a way to explore friendship.  But sometimes, the AI's advice can go too far.
Charlie Warzel / The Atlantic:
A profile of ElevenLabs, whose founders seem unprepared for how its impressive AI voice cloning tech can change the internet and unleash political chaos  —  My voice was ready.  I'd been waiting, compulsively checking my inbox.  I opened the email and scrolled until I saw a button that said, plainly, “Use voice.”
Oliver Whang / New York Times:
Some researchers are training AI models on headcam footage from infants and toddlers, to better understand language acquisition by both AI and children  —  Could a better understanding of how infants acquire language help us build smarter A.I. models?  —  We ask a lot of ourselves as babies.
Muyao Shen / Bloomberg:
DEX Screener: the value of decentralized social platform Friend.tech's native token, the Friend, fell ~98% to below $2 after making its trading debut on May 3  —  - “No one can figure out the tokenomics,” Delphi's Rinko says  — Friend.tech's growth has been driven in part by trading bots
Rina Diane Caballar / IEEE Spectrum:
As CS students experiment with AI coding tools, professors say courses need to focus less on syntax and more on problem solving, design, testing, and debugging  —  Professors are shifting away from syntax and emphasizing higher-level skills  —  Generative AI is transforming the software development industry.

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