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May 6, 2024, 8:35 PM

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Aaron Holmes / The Information:
Sources: Microsoft is training MAI-1, a new, in-house AI model with ~500B parameters, large enough to compete with top models from Google, Anthropic, and OpenAI  —  For the first time since it invested more than $10 billion into OpenAI in exchange for the rights to reuse the startup's AI models …
Sky News:
Sources: China has hacked a payroll system used by the UK's Ministry of Defence, targeting service personnel; names and bank details have been exposed  —  MPs will be told on Tuesday of a massive data breach involving the Ministry of Defence, targeting service personnel.
Counterpoint Research:
iPhone 15 Pro Max was Q1's best-selling smartphone; Pro phones were 50% of Apple's sales, up from 24% in 2020; Apple and Samsung each had five phones in top 10  —  - Apple and Samsung dominated the list of top 10 best-selling smartphones in Q1 2024.  — This was the first quarter in which the top 10 smartphones were all 5G capable.
Ben Dickson / VentureBeat:
Study from Meta researchers suggests that training LLMs to predict multiple tokens at once, instead of just the next token, results in better and faster models  —  In a recent study, researchers at Meta, Ecole des Ponts ParisTech and Université Paris-Saclay suggest improving the accuracy …
Dan Goodin / Ars Technica:
Researchers detail an attack against many VPN apps that force them to send some or all traffic outside of the VPN encrypted tunnel; Android mitigates the flaw  —  TunnelVision vulnerability has existed since 2002 and may already be known to attackers.  —  Researchers have devised an attack …
Kyle Wiggers / TechCrunch:
Stack Overflow signs a deal with OpenAI to supply data to its models; new integrations between Stack Overflow and OpenAI should be available by the end of June  —  OpenAI is collaborating with Stack Overflow, the Q&A forum for software developers, to improve its generative AI models' performance on programming-related tasks.
Forbes:
A look at the trademark dispute over the name AGI House between two rival hacker houses, one in Hillsborough and the other in Twin Peaks in the Bay Area  —  Two rival hacker houses, both claiming the name “AGI House,” have attracted the attention of Silicon Valley's biggest names.
Kyle Alspach / CRN:
Google Cloud unveils Google Threat Intelligence, which uses Gemini and combines insights from Mandiant, VirusTotal, and Google to provide faster protection  —  Launched at RSAC 2024, the new Google Threat Intelligence offering provides faster protection against threats by combining insights from Mandiant …
Emily Nicolle / Bloomberg:
Visa and Allium Labs: less than 10% of the ~$2.2T stablecoin transactions in April were “organic payments activity”, which excludes bots and large-scale traders  —  - Less than 10% of stablecoin transactions are “organic:” Visa  — PayPal, Stripe are among fintechs expanding in stablecoins
Adamya Sharma / Android Authority:
YouTube rolls out Jump Ahead, which uses AI to let users jump to parts of a video where most viewers skip ahead, to all US Premium members using its Android app  —  It's currently available in the US on the YouTube Android app.  —  •  —  TL;DR  — YouTube Premium members in the US …
Aoyon Ashraf / CoinDesk:
Filing: Robinhood's crypto arm got a Wells notice from the US SEC on May 4; on June 27, 2023, Robinhood ended support for tokens named in previous SEC lawsuits  —  The trading platform previously ended support for all tokens that were named in SEC lawsuits against Binance and Coinbase.

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