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More than 700 employees of OpenAI jointly challenge the board of directors

Industry insiders say Hongmeng does have plans to not be compatible with Android next year

Xiaomi responds to Xiaomi Auto's progress: A second winter test will be conducted next

NIO Li Bin’s internal speech leaked: the first car company cooperation in battery swap business will be implemented

iPhone 16 Pro battery exposure: battery capacity increased by only 2.5%

Tesla launches Model S Plaid carbon ceramic brake kit

OnePlus officially announced the "10th Anniversary Fireside Chat" event, OnePlus 12 will be announced soon

The 2024 League of Legends World Championship will be held in London

Luckin launches new product: Mulled Wine American Style

Coca Cola x Crocs launches joint shoe collection

"Rapid Rescue" Officially Set for Mainland China

"Captain Marvel 2" suffers historic waterloo at the box office

The documentary "The Direction of Sava Flow" is officially announced to be released on November 26

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More than 700 employees of OpenAI jointly pressured the board of directors to quit Microsoft if they did not disband.

According to The Information, more than 710 of OpenAI's 770 employees signed an open letter calling for the resignation of the board of directors and the reinstatement of former CEO Sam Altman and former president Greg Brockman.

Employees said they would resign and join Microsoft if Altman and Brockman were not reinstated.

Notably, the letter was also signed by OpenAI chief scientist and board member Ilya Sutskever, who has been accused of coordinating the board coup against Altman from the beginning.

Ilya Sutskever posted on the X platform on Monday that he deeply regretted participating in the board's actions. He said:

I never meant to harm OpenAI. I love what we have built together and I will do whatever it takes to bring the company back together.

Yesterday, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella announced that OpenAI founders Sam Altman and Greg Brockman and their colleagues will join Microsoft to lead a new advanced artificial intelligence research team.​​​

However, according to The Verge, multiple people familiar with the matter said that he and Greg Brockman are still willing to return to OpenAI if the board members who fired Altman leave.

Altman posted on the X platform that "We are more united, more determined, and more focused than ever. We will all work together in some way."

Timeline of Sam Altman's ouster:

Thursday night, November 16th local time

  • Sam received a message from Ilya asking for a conversation on Friday at noon. Ilya tells Sam he's fired and the news will be out soon.

Friday, November 17, local time

  • OpenAI announced that CEO Sam Altman will leave the company, and Chief Technology Officer Mira Murati has been appointed as interim CEO, effective immediately.
  • The OpenAI board of directors stated in a blog post that "Mr. Altman has not been candid in his communications with the board of directors, which has hindered the board of directors' ability to carry out its responsibilities. The board of directors no longer has confidence in him to continue to lead OpenAI."
  • Altman posted on the X platform that I loved my time at OpenAI. It was transformative for me personally and I hope it will also change the world. Most of all, I love working with so many talented people.
  • OpenAI President and Board Chairman Greg Brockman announced his resignation. He said he was shocked and saddened by the board's decision.
  • Three senior researchers at OpenAI resigned on Friday night local time.

Saturday, November 18th local time

  • Sam Altman told investors he plans to launch a new AI venture. Greg Brockman is expected to join the venture, which is still under development and the exact nature of the venture is unclear at this time.
  • OpenAI's board of directors is discussing a return to the CEO role with Altman. He is "ambivalent" about the return and wants major changes to governance.

Sunday, November 19th local time

  • Sam Altman and Greg Brockman arrived at OpenAI's San Francisco headquarters to meet with executives.
  • OpenAI interim CEO Mira Murati plans to rehire Sam Altman and Greg Brockman, while board members continue to seek a new CEO.
  • The OpenAI board of directors chose to hire Emmett Shear, the former CEO of Amazon's live game streaming platform Twitch, as CEO, and Altman's return failed.
  • Upon learning that Altman would not be returning, dozens of OpenAI employees announced internally that they were quitting the company.
  • Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella announced that OpenAI founders Sam Altman and Greg Brockman and their colleagues will join Microsoft to lead a new advanced artificial intelligence research team.

November 20, local time

  • More than 710 OpenAI employees asked the board of directors to resign, otherwise they may defect to Microsoft collectively

*The following is the full text of the joint letter from OpenAI employees

To the OpenAI Board of Directors:

OpenAI is the world's leading artificial intelligence company. We develop the best models that push the field into new frontiers. Our work on AI safety and governance shapes global norms. The products we build are used by hundreds of millions of people and impact the world, making the companies we work for and value stronger than ever.

However, the way you fired Sam Altman and removed Greg Brockman not only jeopardized all of our gains, but also our mission and our company. Your actions clearly demonstrate that you are unfit to continue leading OpenAI.

When we were suddenly informed of this decision, OpenAI’s leadership team took immediate action to stabilize the company’s operations. They listened carefully and tried to work with you, and in the face of the allegations you made, despite the lack of concrete documentary evidence, the leadership team came to realize that you were unable to carry out your responsibilities effectively and that you were acting in bad faith in your negotiations.

The leadership team has proposed the best plan to stabilize the situation, which is not only the best for the company, stakeholders, employees and the public, but also recommends that you resign and form a qualified board of directors to ensure the company's stable future development. Two days after your decision, and in the best interests of the company, the leadership team reappointed Mira Murati as interim CEO. You also told the leadership team that your approach to dooming the company was "consistent with the mission."

Through your actions, we clearly see that you are not up to the task of regulating OpenAI. We cannot work for or with those who lack competence, judgment and care. Our undersigned employees may choose to leave OpenAI and join the newly formed Microsoft subsidiary led by Sam Altman and Greg Brockman.

Microsoft has promised us that if we choose to join, all OpenAI employees will have corresponding positions in the new subsidiary. We will take this step unless all existing board members resign, the board welcomes two new independent directors, Bret Taylor and Will Hurd, and reinstates Sam Altman and Greg Brockman.

big company

Industry insiders say Hongmeng does have plans to not be compatible with Android next year

According to the Securities Times, it was recently reported that the current developer preview version of HarmonyOS NEXT is no longer compatible with Android, and Huawei may launch a version of Harmony that is not compatible with Android next year.

In this regard, industry insiders said that Huawei does have this plan internally, "that is, it will launch a version of Hongmeng that is not compatible with Android next year. However, no relevant notification has been issued internally, so it is not clear when it will be launched."

According to Jiemian News, Huawei stated that there are currently no plans to use HarmonyOS on overseas mobile phones. Overseas consumers can continue to use Android applications with confidence through Huawei mobile phones equipped with the EMUI version.

In the future, Huawei will continue to increase its support for global developers, provide better development environments and tools, bring better experiences and more entrances, and achieve greater business value.

According to previous reports, many top Internet applications have recently reached cooperation with Huawei to start the development of Hongmeng native applications and open relevant job recruitment, including Sina, Meituan, Qunar, etc.

As of August this year, the number of Hongmeng Ecosystem devices exceeded 700 million, and more than 2.2 million developers have invested in the development of Hongmeng Ecosystem. On September 25, Huawei announced that the new HarmonyOS NEXT is ready for launch, and Hongmeng native applications are fully launched.

Xiaomi responds to Xiaomi Auto's progress: A second winter test will be conducted next

At the third quarter 2023 results conference held yesterday, regarding the progress of Xiaomi Motors, Lu Weibing, partner and president of Xiaomi Group, responded that the mass production target for the first half of next year remains unchanged, and a second winter test will be conducted next.

He also revealed that Xiaomi Automobile has around 3,000 R&D personnel. At the same time, regarding the media report that "Lei Jun expected Xiaomi car sales to be 100,000 units", Lu Weibing said that Lei Jun had not made any analogy.

Xiaomi Group released its third quarter 2023 financial report yesterday. The financial report showed that revenue for the quarter was 70.894 billion yuan, a year-on-year increase of 0.6%, and the market expected 70.464 billion yuan.

The adjusted net profit for the quarter was 5.99 billion yuan, a year-on-year increase of 182.9%. The market expected an adjusted net profit of 4.65 billion yuan.

In the third quarter, R&D expenditures were RMB 5 billion, a year-on-year increase of 22.0%, mainly due to an increase in R&D expenditures related to the smart electric vehicle business and other innovative businesses.​​​

NIO Li Bin’s internal speech leaked: the first car company cooperation in battery swap business will be implemented

Yesterday, NIO founder Li Bin launched an internal speech and Q&A for all employees, focusing on topics such as recent organizational optimization, sales pressure, and development direction in the next two years.

Li Bin also responded positively to questions raised by employees about whether the battery swap business is sustainable.

He said that battery swapping is NIO’s huge first-mover advantage, and now it’s time to open it up to the entire industry. The first partner will be announced on Tuesday, and there will be 4-5 more partners in talks.

NIO announced earlier yesterday that its charging piles exceeded 20,000, making it the car brand with the most charging piles in the Chinese market, covering 306 cities.

New product

iPhone 16 Pro battery exposure: battery capacity increased by only 2.5%

Recently, X user "Kosutami" leaked a set of images of a new battery purportedly designed for the iPhone 16 Pro, showing a new metal casing and a slightly larger capacity.

The battery is said to be designed for early iPhone 16 Pro prototypes and has a capacity of 3355mAh. By comparison, the current battery capacity of the iPhone 15 Pro is 3274 mAh, which means that the new battery capacity is only about 2.5% higher than the previous generation.

In addition, the battery casing of the iPhone 16 Pro has been changed from the original black aluminum foil to a matte metal material. This change improves the thermal efficiency of the battery with little impact on the weight of the component.

The battery equipped with Apple Watch in the past also had a black aluminum foil casing, but starting with Apple Watch Series 7, Apple began to use a metal casing to improve heat dissipation.

In addition to metal-cased batteries, it has been previously reported that the iPhone 16 series will use graphene for heat dissipation. Apple has always been interested in graphene materials for thermal management and has applied for related patents for heat dissipation materials for portable devices.

Tesla launches Model S Plaid carbon ceramic brake kit

Yesterday, Tesla China’s online store showed that the Model S Plaid carbon ceramic brake kit was on sale, priced at 109,494 yuan.

According to reports, this kit is only suitable for Model S Plaid produced in 2022 and later and using 21-inch spider web wheels.

Tesla said that this kit can enable Model S Plaid to achieve better performance on the track. , and can achieve a top speed of 322 km/h.

OnePlus officially announced the "10th Anniversary Fireside Chat" event, OnePlus 12 will be announced soon

Yesterday, OnePlus officially announced that it will hold a "10th Anniversary Fireside Chat" at 19:00 on December 4. Li Jie, President of OnePlus China, said: "Let's talk around the fire and witness the flagship OnePlus 12 for ten years."

According to previous official warm-up news, OnePlus 12 will launch the world’s first 2K “Oriental Screen” and be equipped with the Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 processor.

At the same time, this new phone is fully equipped with a "new generation of super light and shadow imaging system", and the world's first Sony Lightyu LYT-808 flagship main camera, which is said to be "probably the most powerful main camera in its class";

OnePlus 12 will also be equipped with a 64 million ultra-light periscope telephoto lens, which has "a larger sensor area, a longer focal length, and a more complete and powerful anti-shake capability."

new consumption

The 2024 League of Legends World Championship will be held in London

According to official news, the 2024 League of Legends Global Finals Championship will be held in London, and the world-renowned event venue O2 Arena will usher in the climax of the world's largest e-sports event in the fall of 2024.

The last time the UK hosted the Global Finals was the quarter-finals in 2015, at the SSE Arena in Wembley, which is now the OVO Arena in Wembley.

The global championship and runner-up finals will be held on November 2, 2024.

Luckin launches new product: Mulled Wine American Style

On November 20, Luckin Coffee officially announced the launch of its new mulled wine American style.

It is reported that the product contains real red wine, with a juice content approximately equal to that of an orange, and the wine aroma is followed by a fresh orange aroma.

In addition, Luckin simultaneously launched Hot Orange C American, which uses NFC non-concentrated to restore the burnt aroma of orange juice mixed with coffee. Both drinks are priced at 20 yuan.

Coca Cola x Crocs launches joint shoe collection

Recently, Coca-Cola and Crocs are preparing for the upcoming Holiday Season and will bring 3 different color matching shoes, with design inspiration from the classic Coke Red, Polar Bear holiday version and Sprite.

The shoes also come with exclusive badges that you can equip on the shoes yourself. The co-branded shoes will be available on the brand’s official website and designated retailers on November 22.

good-looking

"Rapid Rescue" Officially Set for Mainland China

The new thriller "John Wick" starring Liam Neeson is officially scheduled to be released in mainland China on December 2, and a scheduled poster has been released.

The film is directed by Nimrod Antauer ("Stranger Things", "Strange Things") and written by Christopher Salmanpour. It will be released in North America in August.

It tells the story of Matt receiving a mysterious phone call during his daily commute. The other party told him that there was a bomb in the car. If he and his children got out of the car, it would be detonated. Matt was forced to complete a series of specific tasks and start a life-or-death battle in the city. A high-speed chase game where you race against time to save your family.​

"Captain Marvel 2" suffers historic waterloo at the box office

After the MCU's lowest opening of US$47 million in its first weekend in North America, it only received US$10.2 million in its second weekend in North America, a drop of 78%. This is the largest box office drop in Marvel history.

Outside North America, the box office in the second week was US$19.5 million, a drop of 67%, with a global total of US$161 million. "Captain Marvel" has a global box office of 1.131 billion.

The documentary "The Direction of Sava Flow" is officially announced to be released on November 26

The China-Serbia co-produced documentary "The Direction of Sava Flow" is scheduled to be released on November 26.

The film was directed by Shanghai-based writer Chen Danyan and was shot in Serbia over a period of 8 years. It uses film language to explore the spiritual world and collective destiny of Serbia.

It tells the story of how local intellectuals saved culture in their own way and became guardians of cultural heritage in the face of war trauma and cultural crisis.

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