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Katrina Manson / Bloomberg:
A look at Project Maven, the US DOD's flagship AI effort which identifies battlefield targets, and at concerns, including adversaries poisoning training data  —  On a summer evening in 2020 at Fort Liberty, a sprawling US Army installation in North Carolina, soldiers from the 18th Airborne Corps pored …


Matt Burgess / Wired:
Researchers create an AI worm that can spread between generative AI agents via an “adversarial self-replicating prompt”, which can steal data or spread malware  —  Security researchers created an AI worm in a test environment that can automatically spread between generative AI agents …


Takashi Kawakami / Nikkei Asia:
iiMedia Research: China's food delivery market reached $208B in 2023, 2.3x the size in 2020; Meituan and Ele.me employ over 10M gig workers combined  —  Meituan, Ele.me employ a combined 10m, but conditions remain harsh for gig employees  —  Meituan delivery drivers can be seen buzzing around Guangzhou's office areas on weekdays.



Kif Leswing / CNBC:
Supermicro, a beneficiary of the AI boom, joins the S&P 500 after its stock grew 20x+ in the past two years and 200%+ in 2024, pushing its market cap past $50B  —  - Shares of Super Micro Computer rose more than 8% in extended trading after the server assembler was selected to join the S&P 500 index.








Reuters:
A US judge says Google must face advertisers' antitrust lawsuit, but dismisses some claims, including those focused on ad-buying tools used by large advertisers  —  Alphabet's (GOOGL.O) Google must face advertisers' proposed class action lawsuit claiming that it monopolizes the ad exchange market, a U.S. judge ruled on Friday.


Sarah Wynn / The Block:
Filing: the US DOE settles with bitcoin miner Riot Platforms and an industry group, and agrees to cancel its mandatory survey of energy use by crypto miners  —  - The Department of Energy was sued in a Texas court after the Energy Information Administration said in February that it would begin surveying crypto mining firms.


Kirsten Korosec / TechCrunch:
California's regulator approves Waymo's proposal to expand its fared driverless robotaxi services to parts of Los Angeles, the San Francisco Peninsula, and more  —  Waymo received approval Friday afternoon from the California Public Utilities Commission to operate a commercial robotaxi service …









Ina Fried / Axios:
Memos: OpenAI execs reject Musk's claims, say OpenAI is committed to benefiting humanity and has yet to achieve AGI; Altman says the “attacks will keep coming”  —  CEO Sam Altman sent a follow-up message, echoing Kwon's statements and acknowledging that this year is shaping up to be a hard one for the company.




Sharon Goldman / VentureBeat:
Legal experts say Musk's lawsuit against OpenAI is a stretch because handshakes and expectations are hard to enforce, but it does make a strong policy argument  —  The Elon Musk lawsuit filed yesterday in California against OpenAI, CEO Sam Altman and president Greg Brockman left legal experts scrambling to analyze the bombshell claims.



Cristiano Lima-Strong / Washington Post:
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis vetoes what would have been one of the US' most restrictive bans on minors' social media use, says he is working on an alternative  —  The governor said he is working with state legislators on an alternative, unspecified plan.  —  Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) …




My friend Brad Pettit is playing with ChatGPT's image drawing capability, and had a brilliant idea, feed it the lyrics to a song and see what it comes back with. He tried Low Spark of High-Heeled Boys by Traffic, a great song, and the image was really cool.

This game me the idea to try it with a few of my favorite songs.


Steven Levy / Wired:
An interview with Groq's CEO about its AI chips that let chatbots answer queries almost instantly, its cease and desist to X.ai over Groq's trademark, and more  —  AI chips from startup Groq allow chatbots to answer queries almost instantly.  That could open up whole new use cases for generative AI helpers.




Matt Levine / Bloomberg:
A look at Elon Musk's claims in his OpenAI lawsuit, which seeks to open up GPT-4's source code, end Microsoft's exclusivity, and stop OpenAI's for-profit work  —  Also a Harvard Business School alumni Ponzi scheme.  —  Elon vs. OpenAI  —  I wrote yesterday about reports that the US Securities …


Ivan Mehta / TechCrunch:
Meta plans to make its Threads API broadly available to developers by June 2024 and is currently testing it with some partners, including Techmeme and Hootsuite  —  Meta-owned social network Threads said today that it will make its API broadly available to developers by June.




Will Oremus / Washington Post:
To stem the tide of AI-generated work, Amazon starts limiting the publication of “summaries” and “workbooks” that claim to be companions to human-authored books  —  Authors decry an “explosion” of knockoff books on Amazon as the company struggles to keep up.






In a new product I'm working on, I'm including links to the blogs of the social media apps I use. I notice that most of them have one. This is why:

  1. You can put a title on a post on a blog.
  2. You can include links (invariably announcements have links).
  3. You can edit posts.
  4. Simple text styling.
  5. Blogs have feeds.

So I'm looking for the official blogs of the social apps I use -- Mastodon, Bluesky, Twitter, Threads.

If so, what's the feed URL?

Here's a place to comment.

PS: It seems dumb to have two places for writing. Also I bet Bluesky wrote their own blogging software, which is why there's no feed for their blog, which is awkward because Bluesky itself has feeds. As a programmer, I don't think I could maintain both codebases, and i'm pretty sure the blog is the one that'll get abandoned. Update: they do have a feed for their blog. At some point there won't be a distinction between blogging and social media-ing. Remember the tiny little text boxes have to go. 😄

PPS: Twitter's blog has a really shitty title, it shows up in the list as English (UK). That should be fixed to something like Twitter Blog. I know how this happens, obviously they're maintaining more than one language, so the title is given from their point of view. As a reader, it has to make sense in a list of feeds from different publishers. Here's a screen shot to illustrate.


The archive for February 2024, in OPML.