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Reddit’s IPO filing reveals major stake by OpenAI CEO Sam Altman

Reddit’s IPO filing reveals major stake by OpenAI CEO Sam Altman

Reddit, the popular social media platform, has officially filed its IPO prospectus with the Securities and Exchange Commission, marking a significant step toward its market debut on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol “RDDT.” This move, as reported by CNBC, positions Reddit for its initial public offering in March, making it the first major tech IPO of the year and the first social media platform to go public since Pinterest in 2019. According to the filing, Reddit boasted $804 million in annual sales for 2023, a 20% increase from the previous year’s $666.7 million. Despite its substantial user base and revenue growth, the company reported a net loss of $90.8 million for the year ended December 31, 2023, an improvement from a $158.6 million loss the year prior. The platform, known for its vast array of over 100,000 communities and significant daily and weekly active users, has faced challenges in building an online advertising business to compete with giants like Facebook’s Meta and Google’s Alphabet. The Verge’s coverage of Reddit’s IPO filing …

Sam Mendes is directing four Beatles films – but which band member will have the best movie?

Sam Mendes is directing four Beatles films – but which band member will have the best movie?

Get our free weekly email for all the latest cinematic news from our film critic Clarisse Loughrey Get our The Life Cinematic email for free Roll up, roll up for the Beatles Cinematic Universe. Sam Mendes, the Oscar-winning director behind films like American Beauty and Skyfall, has announced plans to make four separate movies about the biggest band in history, one from the perspective of each member. He’ll presumably be working eight days a week to pull it off. According to Mendes’ producing partner Pippa Harris, the films together will apparently “tell a single story about the most celebrated band of all time”. But it’s an announcement that raises more questions than it answers. First – and no offence intended, Sir Sam – why Mendes, when Peter Jackson has already spent years tinkering with hours of old Beatles footage and dodgy audio recorded in flowerpots to bring us his staggering documentary Get Back? Will each film cover the exact same time frame, but from different perspectives? Could each movie borrow a different style or genre to better suit the protagonist? And, crucially, which Beatle will …

Barry Keoghan as John Lennon? Who Sam Mendes should cast in his Beatles movies | Film

Barry Keoghan as John Lennon? Who Sam Mendes should cast in his Beatles movies | Film

Just when we were getting sick of the Marvel Cinematic Universe … Sam Mendes comes along with the Beatles Cinematic Universe. It’s a quartet of interlocking movies about the Fab Four, each centred on one band member, and with the fascinating promise of overlaps and POV shifts, perhaps inspired by Lucas Belvaux’s triple-decker Trilogy pictures or Joao Canijo’s mirror image films Bad Living and Living Bad. Mendes’s moptop movies may tag quadrilaterally around key moments … Shea Stadium, the Maureen Cleave interview, Lennon’s death? But who to cast? Here is my fantasy lineup. Barry Keoghan as John Lennon Keoghan has already played a scouser in Emerald Fennell’s Saltburn, and showed us his dance moves to Sophie Ellis-Bextor’s Murder on the Dancefloor (although Lennon, in fact the Beatles generally, were not dancers as such). The fully nude album cover for Two Virgins should, come to think of it, be no problem either. Keoghan would be excellent at Lennon’s cheeky and insolent grin, with the fierce scepticism, insubordination and the radicalism. His capacity for innocent open-faced guile …

‘It’s like being on a love boat’: the dance trio embraced by Sam Smith and Madonna | Stage

‘It’s like being on a love boat’: the dance trio embraced by Sam Smith and Madonna | Stage

That thing about never meeting your idols? Not true, say (La)Horde. There was the time Madonna slid into their DMs, for a start. She started following the French dance collective on Instagram. “We wrote, ‘Oh la la, Madonna!’ just to test if she’d see it, and she responded: ‘Hey, hi, want to collaborate?’” Marine Brutti is laughing, still a little in disbelief, as she recalls choreographing the Celebration tour. Then there was the film they made with Spike Jonze, the tours with Christine and the Queens and the time Sam Smith turned up backstage and they ended up making the Unholy video and live shows for 2023’s Gloria album. “Sam honestly is the best ever to work with,” raves Brutti. “The wittiest, funniest, most caring, protective person. It’s like being on a love boat,” she swoons. “I said to someone recently: work with your idols!” Brutti, Jonathan Debrouwer and Arthur Harel are the trio behind (La)Horde. They met 14 years ago on Paris’s queer club scene and, with backgrounds in dance and art, started helping …

Here’s the First Photo of Sam Bankman-Fried in Jail

Here’s the First Photo of Sam Bankman-Fried in Jail

“Scruffier than a motherf*cker.” Locked Down The first known jailhouse photo of the disgraced FTX cofounder Sam Bankman-Fried has surfaced, and it does not appear that his sense of — ahem — personal style has improved behind bars. In a post on X-formerly-Twitter, crypto reporter Tiffany Fong — an acquaintance of the onetime wunderkind — shared a picture that was, according to her, acquired from one of SBF’s fellow inmates, a former member of the Bloods gang who she refers to as G Lock. Convicted in November 2023 on all seven counts related to the fraud perpetrated at the exchange, Bankman-Fried is currently awaiting sentencing. In the meantime, however, he spent time hanging out with G Lock, who in a teaser from Fong’s forthcoming video interview refers to him as “my son.” “First of all, my son Sam Bankman is clean-shaven,” the one-time gangster, now apparently out of jail, is heard telling the independent reporter in her video. “Was,” Fong reminded. “Yeah, was clean-shaven,” G Lock responded. “Now? Scruffier than a motherfucker. He’s got a full beard.” …

Sam Thompson and Zara McDermott’s unseen corner of ultra-luxe lounge at £1m London abode

Sam Thompson and Zara McDermott’s unseen corner of ultra-luxe lounge at £1m London abode

Zara McDermott and Sam Thompson live in a stunning townhouse in the heart of south west London and we are totally in awe every time we see a new corner of their swish interiors. The couple, who have been dating since 2019, have stunning design elements throughout their staggering £1 million abode, but one corner of their lounge in particular offers a closer look at the ultra-luxe feel of the room. In a funny video posted on her Instagram, Zara was seen sitting on her and Sam’s neutral-toned L-shaped corner sofa and we’re obsessed with the styling around it.  The pair have scattered brown and other neutral-toned cushions across the seating space, offering a pop of colour and depth to the sofa while elevating the comfort, too. © InstagramZara McDermott’s lounge is seriously chic On the wall above the sofa hangs two beautiful black and white prints, one of a landscape and the other of a big cat in the wild. This pairs with the nature-theme patterns on the scatter cushions, complementing each other perfectly. Elsewhere …

Five ways with chicken – recipes from Moro’s Sam and Sam Clark | Chicken

Five ways with chicken – recipes from Moro’s Sam and Sam Clark | Chicken

These recipes, using a whole chicken or many of its parts, offer quick and nutritious ways to feed either the family with little time or, for us, cook staff lunch for the chefs and waiters at Moro. The reason we cook today is the same as it has always been, to give people pleasure and put a huge smile on their faces. We really love cooking and eating chicken. Unfortunately, we are also slightly repulsed by industrially farmed chicken. We understand that real prices for real chicken can be eye-wateringly expensive, yet collectively we are starting to understand that eating less meat, but of a higher quality and welfare, is a better option. Roast chicken wings with lemon wedges, whole garlic cloves, oregano and cumin (pictured above) We like strong flavours, so part of the point of cooking the wings with lemons is for the acidity to cut through the richness, but also to nibble on the caramelised lemons, which is invigorating, delicious and good for you. Serves 4organic or free-range chicken wings 8, halved …

‘Apples Never Fall’ Trailer: See Annette Bening, Sam Neill and Alison Brie in First Look

‘Apples Never Fall’ Trailer: See Annette Bening, Sam Neill and Alison Brie in First Look

Did Stan Delaney kill his wife? Is she even dead? What are her four children hiding? These are the questions at the forefront of the newest trailer for Peacock’s brand-new show, Apples Never Fall, starring Annette Bening, Sam Neill, Alison Brie and Jake Lacy.  On Wednesday, NBCUniversal released a new and extended promo for the limited series, which takes an in-depth look at the secrets of one family whose lives seem perfect from the outside looking in.  In this adaptation of Liane Moriarty’s best-selling novel of the same name, Bening plays Joy Delaney, the beloved mother, wife and figure behind the Delaney Tennis Academy, which she has run for decades alongside her husband, Stan Delaney (Neill).  NBCUniversal via Getty Images “While they look forward to spending time with their four adult children, everything changes when a wounded young woman knocks on Joy and Stan’s door, bringing the excitement they’ve been missing,” a description of the series from Peacock reads. “But when Joy suddenly disappears, her children are forced to re-examine their parents’ so-called perfect marriage …

Sam Altman Worries AI Could Go “Horribly Wrong”

Sam Altman Worries AI Could Go “Horribly Wrong”

“There’s some things in there that are easy to imagine where things really go wrong.” Nightmare of the Bot-tom Is AI keeping you up at night? Well, you’re not alone: Sam Altman, CEO of the multi-billion dollar ChatGPT-developer OpenAI, has been losing sleep over the scary tech, too. At the World Governments Summit in Dubai, Altman, speaking via video call, said he fears that things could go “horribly wrong” with AI — even without any ill intent involved. He suggested that these consequences, if allowed to play out, could be mundane and “subtle.” “There’s some things in there that are easy to imagine where things really go wrong. And I’m not that interested in the killer robots walking on the street direction of things going wrong,” Altman said, as quoted by the Associated Press. “I’m much more interested in the very subtle societal misalignments where we just have these systems out in society and through no particular ill intention, things just go horribly wrong.” Global Body Echoing a growing sentiment in the tech sector, Altman …

OpenAI CEO Sam Altman raising  trillion to build a network of fabs for AI processors

OpenAI CEO Sam Altman raising $7 trillion to build a network of fabs for AI processors

Sam Altman, the visionary head of OpenAI,, is spearheading an ambitious initiative poised to revolutionize the technology landscape. His goal is to establish a global network of factories dedicated to producing the specialized silicon processors—the brains behind artificial intelligence. These processors are essential for powering advanced technologies from smarter phones to self-driving cars, marking a significant leap forward in AI capabilities. This project, with an estimated cost between $5 and $7 trillion, aims not only to advance OpenAI’s technological base but also to catalyze a global shift towards more sophisticated AI applications. Altman’s strategy involves partnering with industry giants, including the Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC), leveraging their expertise to operationalize these advanced manufacturing hubs. These factories are envisioned to be at the forefront of semiconductor technology, producing chips for a wide array of companies eager to harness AI’s full potential. The initiative emerges against the backdrop of a global chip shortage that has underscored the fragility of the current semiconductor supply chain, heavily reliant on a few key providers like TSMC. This shortage, exacerbated …