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fake drake: The song “Heart on My Sleeve,” featuring the voices of Drake and The Weeknd, has been streamed over 250,000 times on Spotify and 10 million plays on TikTok. However, the two musicians had nothing to do with the song. An artist named “Ghostwriter” used his AI to generate songs. Amanda have a story
Apple goes into savings: As of this week, US Apple Card customers can open a savings account with Apple and receive up to 4.15% interest. Apple has partnered with Goldman Sachs on banking features. The Savings Account is technically managed by Goldman Sachs. That means it’s covered by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation. romance report.
Apple is considering opening up: Apple has so far kept its iPhone app distribution system relatively closed, allowing users to download apps only from the App Store. However, the company may soon add some gates to the walled garden. Ivan reports that Apple is considering allowing people to sideload apps on their iPhones, and may make some announcements related to it at the Worldwide Developer Conference in June. .
Big Apple Watch update: Apple Watch software is set to receive its biggest update since its release. Saraquoting Bloomberg report, wrote that the updated watchOS 10 “brings bigger enhancements” than the planned release for iPhone, iPad, Mac or Apple TV. 2023.
Love is blind, but sometimes canceled: Netflix had a serious problem with the livestream of the “Love Is Blind” reunion episode. Amanda I am writing. After a 75-minute delay, the streaming service pulled the plug on the live show due to seemingly unsolvable technical issues.
Microsoft removes Twitter. Microsoft announced this week that it would be removing Twitter from its advertising platform, about two months after Twitter announced it would start charging API users a minimum of $42,000 per month. With a market capitalization of $2.15 trillion and about $100 billion in cash on hand at the end of last year, the move is a bit of a stretch as Microsoft clearly has the cash to pay for what Twitter wants. looks like a statement. I will elaborate further on that decision.
Meta lays off more workers: Meta announced another mass layoff this week. Rebecca report.they are part of 10,000 laid off CEO Mark Zuckerberg made the announcement in March, many of which relate to “low-priority projects.” Massive layoffs were part of what Zuckerberg called a “year of efficiency” in his extensive restructuring of Meta, 11,000 laid off Announced in November.
No more check-in kiosks: Alaska Airlines recently launched a three-year, $2.5 billion project to improve the airport experience in hub and focus cities such as Seattle, Portland, San Francisco and Los Angeles. As part of the project, the airline is looking to modernize the lobby experience. As the company announced today, the most visible change here is the removal of his good old check-in kiosk. Frederick I am writing.
Snapchat’s AI is for everyone. Snapchat’s AI chatbot is open to a global audience, the company announced at this week’s Snap Partner Summit. The feature, which first launched in February, was originally available to Snapchat paying subscribers. Chat with an AI chatbot powered by OpenAI’s GPT technology directly in that app. Now available for free, features like adding chatbots to group chats, getting location recommendations with Snapmaps and Lenses, and the ability to share snaps with chatbots and receive chat replies will be upgraded with Sara There are more.
Tesla cuts prices: Tesla has cut prices on its Model 3 and Model Y electric vehicles twice this month. Tesla’s most popular models start at under $40,000 before incentives apply.
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TC+ subscribers have access to detailed commentary, analysis, and research. You will know this if you are already a subscriber. If not, Consider signing upHere are this week’s highlights:
Photonics and AI: Increased computing power needed to train advanced AI models such as OpenAI Chat GPT We may eventually hit the wall of mainstream chip technology. Could light-based chips, also known as photonics chips, be the answer? Maybe, but it’s not yet clear.
There is always money in the coffee stand. Blank Street claims to have cracked the code on how to make a chain of over 65 physical coffee shops have the right metrics to attract venture capitalists. They recently closed in a year of plummeting funding with a $20 million Series B round. Rebecca have a story
Should You Launch an AI Startup?: It seems like a great time for founders looking to launch an AI startup, especially now that OpenAI has released ChatGPT to the masses. But it may also be the other way around, depending on the investor you ask. Ron Try to get to the bottom of it.
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