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May 17, 2024, 7:10 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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Kelsey Piper / Vox:
OpenAI has an unusual, extremely restrictive off-boarding agreement with a lifelong nondisparagement commitment; those who don't sign it lose all vested equity  —  Why is OpenAI's superalignment team imploding?  —  On Monday, OpenAI announced exciting new product news: ChatGPT can now talk like a human.
The Information:
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.
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
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.
Reed Albergotti / Semafor:
Google DeepMind releases its Frontier Safety Framework, a set of protocols for analyzing and mitigating future risks posed by advanced AI models  —  Preparing for a time when artificial intelligence is so powerful that it can pose a serious, immediate threat to people, Google DeepMind …
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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
Wall Street Journal:
Cloud GPU provider CoreWeave raised $7.5B in debt financing, two weeks after raising $1.1B equity funding at a $19B valuation; it raised $2.3B in debt in 2023  —  Deal is one of the largest-ever private debt financings  —  CoreWeave, an artificial-intelligence cloud-computing startup backed by Nvidia …

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