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Code sleuths at Mysk are challenging Apple's vaunted focus on privacy. The developers claim Apple's anonymous usage data for some in-house apps includes a Directory Services Identifier (DSID) uniquely linked to your Apple ID and iCloud data. Apple could potentially use this DSID to pinpoint your App Store browsing habits, according to Mysk. This seemingly contradicts Apple's assertion that "none" of the data is personally identifying, and appears to extend to iOS 16.The researchers previously shared findings that iOS 14.6 sends large volumes of first-party app activity to Apple, even if you completely disable device analytics or otherwise limit collection. This includes your iPhone model, keyboard languages and other details that could theoretically be used to fingerprint ...
— Engadget (November 22) (Pocket)
While large language models (LLMs) have demonstrated impressive capabilities across tasks in language understanding and interactive decision making, their abilities for reasoning (e.g. chain-of-thought prompting) and acting (e.g. action plan generation) have primarily been studied as separate topics. In this paper, we explore the use of LLMs to generate both reasoning traces and task-specific actions in an interleaved manner, allowing for greater synergy between the two: reasoning traces help the model induce, track, and update action plans as well as handle exceptions, while actions allow it to interface with external sources, such as knowledge bases or environments, to gather additional information.
— arXiv (November 29) (Pocket)
Large language models are one of the hottest areas of AI research right now, with companies racing to release programs like GPT-3 that can write impressively coherent articles and even computer code. But there’s a problem looming on the horizon, according to a team of AI forecasters: we might run out of data to train…
— MIT Tech Review (November 25) (Pocket)
Cryptocurrency lender BlockFi has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. The move comes just over two weeks after BlockFi suspended all platform activity, including withdrawals, in the wake of crypto exchange FTX's implosion. "Given the lack of clarity on the status of FTX.com, FTX US and Alameda, we are not able to operate business as usual," the company said in an FAQ. Withdrawals remain paused."BlockFi’s chapter 11 cases will enable BlockFi to stabilize its business and provide BlockFi with the opportunity to consummate a reorganization that maximizes value for all stakeholders," BlockFi said. "The court-supervised restructuring process is transparent and encourages dialogue between all stakeholders."As with many other players in the industry, BlockFi faced an uncertain future ...
— Engadget (November 29) (Pocket)
Crypto lending biz wants its money back "as promptly as practicable" Crypto lending firm Block Fi declared bankruptcy on Monday, citing the collapse of cryptocurrency exchange FTX Trading Ltd. and affiliates two weeks ago.…
— The Register (November 29) (Pocket)
BlockFi Files For Widely Anticipated Bankruptcy, Cites FTX Collapse Crypto lender BlockFi will file for a widely anticipated bankruptcy on Monday, as the fallout from FTX's implosion continue to spread, a source at the company tells Decrypt. Illustration: Budrul Chukrut/SOPA Images/LightRocket/Getty The New Jersey-based company will "will focus on recovering all obligations owed to BlockFi," but that "recoveries from FTX will be delayed" due to ongoing bankruptcy proceedings at the failed crypto exchange, reads an official statement. "With the collapse of FTX, the BlockFi management team and board of directors immediately took action to protect clients and the Company," said Mark Renzi, the company's financial adviser.
— ZeroHedge Opinion (November 29) (Pocket)
The Bahamas' attorney general defended the country’s regulatory regime amid crypto exchange FTX’s “debacle.” The Bahamas "is a nation of laws," Ryan Pinder said in support of the island's actions in the wake of the exchange's collapse. During a 23-minute taped speech, Pinder summarized FTX's downfall and alluded to the Bahamas' government's actions, while also seeking to reassure investors and tourists that the country is a safe place to visit and operate a business.
— Coin Desk (November 29) (Pocket)
Apple in talks to acquire rights to 'The Big Short' author's upcoming book on FTX crash - AppleInsider
Apple is nearing a deal with "The Big Short" and "Moneyball" author Michael Lewis, hoping to score exclusive streaming rights for his upcoming work focusing on cryptocurrency. Lewis's book will plot the rise and fall of former CEO Bankman-Fried, one believed to be worth $26 billion, and explain how the FTX crypto exchange spectacularly collapsed in early November. Now, Apple is nearing a deal for the book rights to Lewis's story, but only after facing stiff competition from Netflix and Amazon. The deal could cost mid-seven figures, according to Deadline's sources. Adam McKay, who adapted Lewis' "The Big Short" for film, could be involved.
— Insider (November 27) (Pocket)
The fear is real that the spectacular collapse of the cryptocurrency exchange FTX will spread. Some other crypto companies have already paused customer withdrawals. They're filling up Twitter with reassurances that not everyone finds that reassuring. Joining us to talk about crypto contagion is NPR's David Gura. Hey, David.
— NPR (November 26) (Pocket)
FTX is a digital currency exchange, a platform where people could buy and sell digital assets like bitcoin, dogecoin and ether. Such platforms rose in popularity in recent years as more people looked to invest in cryptocurrencies without the hassle of dealing with the technical side of such transactions, such as setting up a crypto wallet.
— NBC (November 25) (Pocket)
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