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Cecilia D'Anastasio / Bloomberg:
Filing: Roblox paid out a record $740.8M to over 12,000 game creators in 2023, up 19% YoY; ~3,500 creators earned over $10,000, and ~750 earned over $100K — - About 12,000 game creators generated money from the site — The majority of Roblox players are 16 years old or younger
Ryan Smith / AnandTech:
Intel's Direct Connect announcements: IFS rebranded to Intel Foundry, “systems foundry” era, 18A-P, 14A, and Hybrid Bonding, five nodes in four years, and more — 5 nodes in 4 years. This is what Intel CEO Pat Gelsinger promised Intel's customers, investors …
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Q&A with Intel CEO Pat Gelsinger on Intel Foundry, IDM 2.0, working with Amazon, packaging, 18A, innovation in Moore's Law, reluctant customers, AI, and more — Intel CEO Pat Gelsinger today launched Intel Foundry as a sustainable systems foundry business designed for the AI era.
Ian King / Bloomberg:
Microsoft plans to use Intel's 18A tech to make a chip that Microsoft designed in-house; Microsoft recently announced a computer processor and an AI accelerator — - Move marks a win for Intel's push into made-to-order chips — Microsoft is looking to design more semiconductors in-house
Ryan Smith / AnandTech:
Arm prepares to release its Neoverse V3 and N3 CPU designs to its customers, offering up to 128 cores and more, for server, cloud, and infrastructure — A bit over 5 years ago, Arm announced their Neoverse initiative for server, cloud, and infrastructure CPU cores.
New York Times:
Tech insiders and engineers say China lags behind the US in generative AI by at least one year, leading Chinese companies to rely on US models like Meta's LLaMA — China's tech firms were caught off guard by breakthroughs in generative artificial intelligence. Beijing's regulations and a sagging economy aren't helping.
Yoshiaki Nohara / Bloomberg:
How Japan plans to spend ~$67B to revive domestic chipmaking prowess, hoping to leverage the US' supply chain concerns; Rapidus plans to make 2nm chips by 2027 — US-China tech battle makes semiconductors a key economic security concern for policymakers — Deep in the snowy northern island …
Louis Columbus / VentureBeat:
CrowdStrike's Global Threat Report: in 2023, cloud intrusions grew 75%, data theft victims named on data leak sites grew 76%, 34 new groups were named, and more — Traditional security approaches aren't closing the gap fast enough against the onslaught of cyberattacks growing in severity and sophistication every day.
Jess Weatherbed / The Verge:
WhatsApp rolls out support for bulleted and numbered lists, block quotes, and inline code to highlight and organize messages on Android, iOS, web, and macOS — Four new text formatting options have been added to WhatsApp to help users communicate more effectively.
Arasu Kannagi Basil / Reuters:
Chipmaker Astera Labs, which offers cloud and AI connectivity hardware, files for a US IPO, reporting 2023 revenue up 44.9% YoY to $115.8M and a $26.3M net loss — Chipmaker Astera Labs revealed its loss narrowed in 2023 in its filing on Wednesday to go public in the United States …
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Microsoft Copilot Pro review: the $20/month service is a good start that offers impressive image generation and useful features in Word and other Office apps — Microsoft's Copilot Pro launched last month as a $20 monthly subscription that provides access to AI-powered features inside some Office apps …
Paul Sawers / TechCrunch:
Clumio, a data backup and recovery service for companies using the public cloud, raised a $75M Series D, following a $135M Series C in November 2019 — Clumio, a data backup and recovery provider for companies using the public cloud, has raised $75 million in a Series D round of funding.
Katie Paul / Reuters:
Israel-based BRIA, a Getty-backed AI image generation startup that licenses 1B+ images from 18 stock providers, raised a $24M Series A from Publicis and others — A “responsible” AI image generation startup backed by stock photo provider Getty Images (GETY.N) has raised $24 million in a Series …
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Apple debuts Apple Sports, a free app offering scores and stats for the NBA, NHL, Premier League, and more, in the US, Canada, and the UK, on iOS 17.2 or later — Game on! Apple launched a free standalone app for sports fans, Apple Sports, which is engineered to fire scores and stats to your iPhone as quickly as possible.
Matt Burgess / Wired:
Apple unveils PQ3, a post-quantum cryptographic protocol for iMessage built on the Kyber algorithm, launching in iOS 17.4, iPadOS 17.4, and macOS 14.4 in March — Useful quantum computers aren't a reality—yet. But in one of the biggest deployments of post-quantum encryption so far, Apple is bringing the technology to iMessage.
One thing that's great about ChatGPT is they can help you make a decision in an area you lack expertise and where there is no human you can ask for help making the decision. It's making this human smarter, and it's hard to see the downside of that.
Here's an example. I'm trying to decide whether I should get size 11 rental ski boots or size 11.5. The person behind the counter at the rental place isn't capable of having a long conversation about this, where I get to ask two follow-up questions.
Instead they would say sorry, what size did you say you wanted sir?