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June 20, 2024, 11:05 AM

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Kyle Wiggers / TechCrunch:
Anthropic launches Claude 3.5 Sonnet, which beats its flagship model Claude 3 Opus and outperforms GPT-4o in some tests, available for free on the web and iOS  —  OpenAI rival Anthropic is releasing a powerful new generative AI model called Claude 3.5 Sonnet.  But it's more an incremental step than a monumental leap forward.
Clothilde Goujard / Politico:
EU diplomats: an EU Council vote to amend a draft law that would have forced WhatsApp and Signal to scan images and links for CSAM was removed from the agenda  —  Countries clash over how to safeguard privacy when rooting out illegal pictures and grooming on private chat apps.
Lawrence Abrams / BleepingComputer:
CDK Global, which offers SaaS tools to 15K+ car dealerships in North America, shut down most of its systems to investigate “a cyber incident” and restored them  —  Car dealership software-as-a-service provider CDK Global was hit by a massive cyberattack, causing the company to shut …
Safe Superintelligence Inc.:
Ilya Sutskever, Daniel Gross, and Daniel Levy announce Safe Superintelligence, a US startup “with one goal and one product: a safe superintelligence”  —  Superintelligence is within reach.  Building safe superintelligence (SSI) is the most important technical problem of our time.
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Ian King / Bloomberg:
AMD says hackers accessed limited information related to assembling of certain AMD products on a third-party vendor site and expects no material business impact  —  - Investigation showed limited information accessed by intruder  — Chipmaker said the data was accessed on a third-party site
Benjamin Sandofsky / Sandofsky:
A history of the Lambda School: burning through $120M, why income share agreements failed, how one developer turned journalist ended the fraud, and more  —  Two days after his company's downfall, Austen Allred wrote: … Austen co-founded Lambda School, one of the largest educational startups of all time.
Maureen Tkacik / American Prospect:
A look at the many lawsuits against RealPage, the rent-fixing software company accused of artificially inflating the real estate rental prices across the US  —  RealPage, the rent-fixing software company currently under FBI investigation, also has apps for bogus fees, monetizing vacant apartments and inflating toxic property bubbles.
Rachel Metz / Bloomberg:
HeyGen, which uses AI to let users create realistic-looking avatars, raised $60M led by Benchmark at a $500M valuation, taking its total funding to $74M  —  HeyGen lets anyone make a photorealistic avatar that can speak in their own voice and translate their words into a range of languages.
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Brody Ford / Bloomberg:
Software vendors like Salesforce are getting left behind in the AI boom, as most AI spending at this point is going toward hardware or cloud infrastructure  —  Every day in my email inbox, there's another press release from a tech company launching a generative artificial intelligence feature.

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