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May 16, 2024, 6:40 PM

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Arasu Kannagi Basil / Reuters:
OpenAI and Reddit partner to bring Reddit content to ChatGPT and more via Reddit's Data API, bring new AI tools to Reddit, and make OpenAI a Reddit ad partner  —  Reddit (RDDT.N) has partnered with OpenAI to bring the social media platform's content to ChatGPT, the companies said on Thursday.
Cecilia D'Anastasio / Bloomberg:
Take-Two announces a fall 2025 release date for Grand Theft Auto VI, and reduces its bookings forecast for FY 2025 from $8B+ to $5.55B+  —  - Game maker lowers forecast for 2025 bookings as a result  — The 2013 version of game has sold over 200 million copies
Javier Espinoza / Financial Times:
The EU opens a formal DSA investigation into Meta, to assess if Facebook, Instagram, and its other apps were reinforcing “rabbit hole” effects and other issues  —  Facebook and Instagram owner to be investigated on whether it does enough to protect mental health of young users
Wall Street Journal:
Source: Microsoft is asking about 700 to 800 employees involved in its China-based AI and cloud computing operations to consider relocating to other countries  —  Request comes as Biden administration toughens controls on China's access to cutting-edge American technology
Daniel Thomas / Financial Times:
Sony Music sends letters to 700+ AI companies, developers, and music streaming platforms warning over the “unauthorized use” of Sony's content in training AI  —  Music group representing Adele and Beyoncé contacts more than 700 companies to prohibit use of content
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Meta starts testing TweetDeck-style customizable feeds on Threads that are stacked in a column interface on the web, available to selected users  —  Meta is starting to test a TweetDeck-like experience for Threads today.  It will allow Threads users to create customizable feeds that are stacked …
Aisha Malik / TechCrunch:
TikTok is testing 60-minute videos, which would let media companies post full TV show episodes and put TikTok in even more direct competition with YouTube  —  TikTok is testing the ability for users to upload 60-minute videos, the company confirmed to TechCrunch on Thursday.
Wall Street Journal:
DOJ charges five people for allegedly duping 300+ US companies into hiring North Korea-linked remote IT workers and helping fund the country's nuclear program  —  Justice Department alleges Arizona woman and others helped foreign workers with North Korean connections get freelance gigs at U.S. companies
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Server CPU designer Ampere announces that its AmpereOne chip family will grow to 256 cores by next year; Ampere will work with Qualcomm on cloud AI accelerators  —  Server CPU designer Ampere Computing announced its AmpereOne chip family will grow to 256 cores by next year.
Tim Hardwick / MacRumors:
Apple previews Vehicle Motion Cues, which adds animated dots to iPhone and iPad screens to reduce motion sickness for passengers using them in moving vehicles  —  Apple today announced new accessibility features coming to its devices later this year, and one feature in particular that is likely …
Jessica Mathews / Fortune:
How GM is scrambling to save Cruise, which has become a liability after one of its automated vehicles hit and dragged a pedestrian 20 feet in October 2023  —  October 2 was a quiet night on the streets of San Francisco.  It was moderately cloudy, and Fleet Week activities had just begun at Sunset Library.
Stephanie Palazzolo / The Information:
AI coding startup Replit, which raised $220M+ and was last valued at $1B, lays off 30 employees, or 20% of its staff, and pivots to enterprise sales  —  Replit, a San Francisco-based startup developing an artificial intelligence-powered coding assistant, has laid off 30 employees …
Sergiu Gatlan / BleepingComputer:
Google releases an emergency Chrome update to patch the third zero-day vulnerability exploited within a week, and the seventh zero-day fix in 2024 so far  —  Google has released a new emergency Chrome security update to address the third zero-day vulnerability exploited in attacks within a week.
Sheena Vasani / The Verge:
Microsoft unveils the Proteus Controller, a $299 modular game controller kit for disabled Xbox and PC gamers by peripheral company ByoWave, shipping in the fall  —  On Wednesday, Microsoft announced the Proteus Controller, a $299 modular video game controller kit that lets Xbox gamers with disabilities customize their controllers.
Jez Corden / Windows Central:
Microsoft's decisions, like Start Menu ads, closing studios, porting AAA games to PS5, and seemingly pulling back on Surface show a short-term financial focus  —  Microsoft has made a range of baffling decisions and awful mis-steps recently.  You can trace everything back to insatiable desire for money.
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Disney, Fox, and WBD unveil the name of their sports streaming venture: Venu Sports, which is set to debut in fall 2024  —  “We are excited to officially introduce Venu Sports, a brand that we feel captures the spirit of an all-new streaming home where sports fans outside of the traditional pay TV ecosystem …
Kyle Wiggers / TechCrunch:
Sigma Computing, which offers cloud data analytics tools, raised a $200M Series D at a $1.5B valuation, up 60% from 2021, bringing its total funding to $581M  —  In 2014, Jason Frantz and Rob Woollen co-founded Sigma Computing, a platform that overlays data stored in data platforms …
Ashlee Vance / Bloomberg:
A profile of Noland Arbaugh, who was paralyzed after an accident in mid-2016 and became the first person to receive Neuralink's brain implant in January 2024  —  For the first time, Noland Arbaugh explains how Elon Musk's brain implant, which allows him to control a computer with his thoughts, has changed his life.
Kylie Robison / The Verge:
Hugging Face, which is “profitable, or close to profitable”, commits $10M in free shared GPUs to help small developers, academics, and others create AI apps  —  Hugging Face, one of the biggest names in machine learning, is committing $10 million in free shared GPUs to help developers create new AI technologies.

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