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Plus: What’s in the White House-brokered AI pledge?

Twitter's new logo is seen projected on the corporate headquarters building in downtown San Francisco, California, U.S. July 23, 2023.
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Twitter’s blue bird is facing extinction. Elon Musk unveiled a new logo for the rebranded platform.

US lawmakers are investigating Ford’s new EV battery deal with China. They’re concerned that a new manufacturing plant in Michigan could dodge restrictions on Chinese-made electric vehicle components.


North Korean hackers targeted a US software company to steal crypto data. A notorious state-backed cybercrime group was identified as the attacker behind the JumpCloud breach.

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What’s in the White House-brokered AI pledge?

Seven leading AI companies—Amazon, Anthropic, Google, Inflection, Meta, Microsoft, and OpenAI—pledged to adopt voluntary safeguards on the development of artificial intelligence systems.

The companies’ pledge (pdf) touches on various aspects of the technology’s development, including:

🧪 Internal and external testing of their AI systems when it comes to areas of misuse, societal risks, and national security concerns, before release


🫱‍🫲 Committing to sharing information across the industry and with governments, the public, and academics on managing AI risks

❗ Developing robust mechanisms to ensure that users know when content is AI generated such as via a watermark


Read more about the safeguards in Michelle Cheng’s report.

Charted: Where are the world’s largest lithium reserves?

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Bolivia’s reserves of the valuable metal just shot up from 2 million tons to 23 million tons. Quartz’s Diego Lasarte explains what the discovery means for the landlocked Andean country.

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“It’s the first time that I’ve ever known it to happen in the airline industry.” United Airlines CEO Scott Kirby, during the company’s earnings call last week.


About half of the company’s captain openings posted have gone unfilled in the past year. Read more about why United’s pilots, like a lot of workers these days, don’t want to be promoted.

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