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Microsoft steps down from OpenAI board, Apple will not take observer seat


What just happened? Microsoft has given up its observer seat on the OpenAI board, eight months after it took the spot following the ousting and quick return of CEO Sam Altman. It's also been reported that Apple will not be taking a similar position. The news comes as regulators further scrutinize the relationship between tech giants and AI startups.

Microsoft, which has invested $13 billion into OpenAI, took a non-voting observer role on the company's board in November after Sam Altman, who had been fired by the directors days earlier, returned under a new board.

The Redmond firm said in a letter to OpenAI that its withdrawal from the board would be "effective immediately." It added that it has seen "significant progress" over the last eight months, is confident in the company's direction, and no longer sees the seat as necessary.


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