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May 8, 2024, 11:55 AM

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Demetri Sevastopulo / Financial Times:
The US Commerce Department revokes some export licenses that let companies ship chips and other goods to Huawei; sources say the move affects Intel and Qualcomm  —  Move marks latest effort by Biden administration to target the country's tech sector  —  The Biden administration …
Reuters:
Sources: US prosecutors are examining if Tesla committed securities or wire fraud by misleading investors and consumers about Autopilot and Full Self-Driving  —  U.S. prosecutors are examining whether Tesla (TSLA.O) committed securities or wire fraud by misleading investors and consumers …
Wesley Yin-Poole / IGN:
Memo: Microsoft's Xbox plans to shut down multiple Bethesda studios and consolidate teams to prioritize high-impact titles and invest in Bethesda's portfolio  —  Staff told via email.  —  Microsoft has closed a number of Bethesda studios, including Redfall maker Arkane Austin …
Rachel Metz / Bloomberg:
Source: OpenAI is developing a ChatGPT feature that can search the web and show results with images alongside written responses and citations to sources  —  The feature would let ChatGPT users search the web and cite sources in its results.  —  OpenAI is developing a feature for ChatGPT …
Michael Peel / Financial Times:
Google DeepMind and Isomorphic Labs detail AlphaFold 3, an AI model of life's building blocks and their interactions within cells, with sophisticated forecasts  —  AlphaFold 3 aims to reveal biological secrets and boost drug search efforts  —  Google DeepMind has unveiled …
Natalie Lung / Bloomberg:
Uber reports Q1 revenue up 15% YoY to $10.1B, Gross Bookings up 20% YoY to $37.7B, below $38B est., and adjusted EBITDA up 82% YoY to $1.4B; UBER falls 5%+  —  - Bookings growth still tops 20% on rides, order frequency gains  — Operating profit falls on anticipated legal fees, settlements
William Gallagher / AppleInsider:
Apple releases an iPad Pro ad, titled “Crush”, showing paints, toys, guitars, and more being crushed to reveal the device, drawing criticism on social media  —  The minute-long Apple ad showing art equipment and materials being crushed down into the new iPad Pro is being called heartbreaking, wanton, and creepy.
Steven Church / Bloomberg:
FTX says it will have as much as $16.3B to distribute after selling all of its assets; FTX owes ~$11B to 2M+ customers and other non-governmental creditors  —  - Crypto customers to get interest on what FTX owes them  — Bankrupt firm updates plan to divide cash among creditors
André Beganski / Decrypt:
Robinhood CEO Vlad Tenev decries a “regulatory onslaught” and calls US SEC actions “another improper attempt by the administrative state to stifle innovation”  —  Though Robinhood Crypto thought its “safety-first” approach was distinct, the SEC said that enforcement action is on its way.
Jennifer Pattison Tuohy / The Verge:
The Connectivity Standards Alliance releases Matter 1.3, adding support for more appliances, energy and water management, and new casting protocol features  —  The latest Matter spec brings a number of improvements to the smart home standard founded by Apple, Google, Amazon, and Samsung.
Tom Dotan / Wall Street Journal:
Microsoft plans to invest $3B to build a data center in Mount Pleasant, Wisconsin, and train locals, alongside investing in a new AI lab at Wisconsin University  —  Company has been on a global spending spree, trying to build infrastructure and goodwill for artificial intelligence
Georgia Butler / DatacenterDynamics:
Stephanie Palazzolo / The Information:
DatologyAI, which aims to help researchers better curate AI training datasets, raised a $46M Series A led by Felicis, after a $11.65M seed in February 2024  —  For all that's leaked about the sizes and architectures of the advanced large language models developed by OpenAI and its ilk …
Carsten Frauenheim / iFixit News:
A look at LPCAMM2, a totally modular, repairable, and upgradeable memory standard for laptops that doesn't require soldering LPDDR chips to the motherboard  —  If you've ever tried to “future-proof” a purchase by paying for everything you might eventually need up front, you know it can be a sucker's game.
Simon Willison / Simon Willison's Weblog:
OpenAI built the gpt2-chatbot, renamed to “im-also-a-good-gpt-chatbot”, per the gpt2-chatbot's 429 rate limit error message, which appeared in the LMSYS arena  —  gpt2-chatbot confirmed as OpenAI (via) The mysterious gpt2-chatbot model that showed up in the LMSYS arena a few days ago …

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