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June 5, 2024, 4:25 AM

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Kevin Roose / New York Times:
Current and former OpenAI and Google DeepMind staff sign an open letter warning of a culture of recklessness and secrecy at “frontier AI companies”  —  Daniel Kokotajlo, a former researcher in OpenAI's governance division, is an organizer of a group of former and current employees …
Shakeel Hashim / Transformer:
Former OpenAI researcher Leopold Aschenbrenner says he was fired in April 2024 for sharing a memo with the board over concerns about OpenAI's security practices  —  Leopold Aschenbrenner also said he was interrogated about his team's “loyalty to the company”
Simon Sharwood / The Register:
Australia's eSafety commissioner ends the legal action asking X to remove a video of a clergyman's stabbing; Musk labelled the action an assault on free speech  —  Australia's eSafety commissioner has ended legal action that aimed to compel social network X to take down a video depicting …
Lora Kolodny / CNBC:
Nvidia staff emails: Elon Musk gave Tesla shareholders an exaggerated picture of Tesla's chip deals, and diverted “12K of shipped H100 GPUs” from Tesla to X  —  Elon Musk claims he can grow Tesla into “a leader in AI & robotics,” an ambition that he's said will require a lot …
Zaheer Kachwala / Reuters:
Joseph Cox / Wired:
An excerpt from the book Dark Wire, which details how the biggest FBI sting operation ran the Anøm encrypted phone network to catch criminals like “Microsoft”  —  When a drug kingpin named Microsoft tried to seize control of an encrypted phone company for criminals, he was playing right into its real owners' hands.
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Emily Baker-White / Forbes:
Sources: TikTok accounts, including brands and celebs like CNN, Sony, and Paris Hilton, are being hacked via a zero-day exploit that only requires opening a DM  —  The compromised accounts include CNN and Paris Hilton — and all users have to do to be hacked is open a DM.
Samantha Murphy Kelly / CNN:
AT&T resolves an outage that preventing many customers from completing calls between carriers, but 911 calls still worked; Verizon users also reported issues  —  A nationwide AT&T outage is once again leaving some customers in the dark on Tuesday.  —  In a statement sent to CNN …
Alex Konrad / Forbes:
How billionaire investors of the internet era are fighting to determine whether AI's future will be one of concentrated safety or unfettered advancement  —  Billionaire investors of the internet era are now locked in a war of words and influence to determine whether AI's future …
Mike Wheatley / SiliconANGLE:
Cisco introduces new AI products and services, including its Nexus HyperFabric AI clusters in partnership with Nvidia, and announces a $1B AI investment fund  —  Cisco Systems Inc. is doubling down on its artificial intelligence push with a host of new AI-powered products and services, plus various other initiatives focused on AI.
Gerrit De Vynck / Washington Post:
Pika, which offers AI tools to generate and edit videos, raised $80M from Spark, Lightspeed, and others at a $470M valuation, taking its total funding to $135M  —  Pika, a video-generation start-up that raised $80 million in its latest funding round, already has a publicly available product, as OpenAI and Google keep theirs under wraps
Jordan Novet / CNBC:
Databricks plans to acquire Tabular, a data management startup that helps companies optimize data stored in the Apache Iceberg format and others, for $1B+  —  Data analytics software maker Databricks said in a statement on Tuesday that it's acquiring Tabular, a startup that helps optimize data stored in the cloud.
Saritha Rai / Bloomberg:
Twelve Labs, which provides foundational models to help users search and analyze troves of video, raised a $50M Series A co-led by NEA and Nvidia's NVentures  —  - It's co-leading a $50 million round for Twelve Labs Inc.  — The startup is trying to make searching videos easier, faster

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