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May 17, 2024, 5:35 PM

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Will Knight / Wired:
OpenAI's entire Superalignment team, which was focused on the existential dangers of AI, has either resigned or been absorbed into other research groups  —  The entire OpenAI team focused on the existential dangers of AI has either resigned or been absorbed into other research groups, WIRED has confirmed.
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Sarah E. Needleman / Wall Street Journal:
Sources: Microsoft plans to add the latest installment of Call of Duty to Xbox Game Pass at launch this fall, a major shakeup of its video game sales strategy  —  Software company will add the latest installment of the hit videogame series to its Game Pass subscription service at launch this fall
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Sources: Apple is working on a significantly slimmer iPhone that could be released concurrently with the iPhone 17, a major redesign, similar to the iPhone X  —  Apple is developing a significantly thinner version of the iPhone that could be released as early as 2025, according to three people with direct knowledge of the project.
William Gallagher / AppleInsider:
Kuo: iPhone 16 Pro Max will get a higher energy density battery and a stainless steel battery case that helps Apple comply with EU rules about replaceability  —  Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo reports that the iPhone 16 Pro Max will get a new battery that has a greater energy density than before …
Kate Irwin / PCMag:
Slack confirms it is training some of its AI-powered features, but not its generative AI tool, on user content and uploads, with all users opted-in by default  —  Slack feeds user content, messages, and uploads to its machine learning models.  All users are opted-in by default.
Jay Peters / The Verge:
X has officially adopted x.com for all its core systems; testing shows some twitter.com URLs still do not redirect depending on the browser and login status  —  The social network formerly known as Twitter has switched over to X.com. … The social network formerly known as Twitter …
Thomas Claburn / The Register:
Apple limits the development and testing of third-party browser engines to devices physically located in the EU, forcing browser makers to have staff in the EU  —  Rival coders must have EU staff to build and test non-WebKit surfing  —  Apple's grudging accommodation of European law …
Carl Franzen / VentureBeat:
OpenAI says ChatGPT can now directly import files from Google Drive and Microsoft OneDrive, available to Plus, Team, and Enterprise users  —  The news from OpenAI this week continues: today, the company announced it has updated its signature large language model (LLM) chatbot ChatGPT …
Natasha Lomas / TechCrunch:
The EU warns Microsoft it could be fined up to 1% of its global annual turnover under DSA after failing to provide risk info about its generative AI tools  —  The European Union has warned Microsoft that it could be fined up to 1% of its global annual turnover under the bloc's online governance regime …
Kiuyan Wong / Bloomberg:
Hong Kong launches a pilot program enabling digital yuan payments through major Chinese banks, first deployment of China's currency beyond the mainland  —  - The launch is the first to take place beyond mainland China  — China is pushing to grow the yuan's share of global payments

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