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Why Amazon is Building an AI Research Center at USC

"A.I. fuels just about everything we do at Amazon."

Alexa-maker Amazon is creating a machine learning and artificial intelligence research lab at USC as the retail giant grapples with growing privacy concerns around its products, reports contributor Samson Amore. The center's goal is to make A.I. and machine learning technologies more secure and trusted by the public.

Snapchat launches new digital literacy program.

Facebook's oversight board overturns some content decisions in first rulings.

WeWork is reportedly exploring a SPAC merger or private fundraising.

The search for ancient Martian life will begin in three weeks.

Coinbase will go public via direct listing.

What's holding up the next test of SpaceX's Starship? Elon Musk blames the FAA.

Sweetgreen and Shake Shack are going all in on drive-throughs.

General Motors to eliminate gasoline and diesel light-duty cars and SUVs by 2035.

Snapchat launches new digital literacy program.

Robinhood, other brokerages restrict trading on GameStop, AMC.

Amazon Is Building a Machine Learning Research Center with USC

The Center for Secure and Trusted Machine Learning, part of USC's Viterbi School of Engineering, will support research that looks at new ways to secure and preserve privacy in machine learning. Read more>>

Documentary Plus Debuts, Featuring Films from Spike Jonze, Werner Herzog

The ad-supported free streaming service arrives Thursday in a market dominated by Netflix and Disney Plus. The joint venture between film studio XTR and the late Zappos founder Tony Hsieh has big ambitions. Read more>>

Dave Snags Former Apple Executive

Popular finance management app Dave has snagged former Apple executive Jarad Fisher, who conceived and designed the Apple Card. Read more>>

Strategy Session: The Future of Content Moderation Online

Join us Wednesday, February 10th at 11:00 a.m. PT for a conversation about the future of content moderation online, in partnership with Fenwick.

Scrutiny of how social media sites moderate the posts on their platforms (or don't) has intensified after the January 6th attack on the U.S. Capitol. As lawmakers and others seek ways to curb violent messages and conspiracy theories, there's been a renewed push to update Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act. As lawmakers consider their next steps, we'll look at how companies on the front lines see the issue. And what do the potential changes mean for the future of free speech?

dot.L.A. Managing Editor Rachel Uranga will kick off the event with a one-on-one conversation from a leading social media company to be announced. Afterward, dot.LA CEO Sam Adams will speak with Fenwick Partners Tyler Newby and Andrew Klungness for a legal perspective.

Register here - space is limited!

Last Chance to Nominate Companies for Our Virtual Pitch Showcase

We are thrilled to announce the next virtual pitch showcase, which will be broadcast live at 11:00 a.m. PT on Thursday, February 4th. We're looking for Southern California startups in any industry founded by entrepreneurs of color and/or women, or by entrepreneurs from low-income or underrepresented communities. Submissions are now open for company nominations to present at the live event. Submissions will be evaluated on a rolling basis. Please contact annie@dot.LA with any questions.

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