It’s Friday (or Friday.) Done. Pat yourself on the back — and read the rest of his week-long review of the past seven days of tech in our TechCrunch newsletter (sign up here delivered directly to your inbox every Saturday). Until Greg returns from maternity leave, I will continue to host his WiR for the next few weeks. I know I lack his wit, but I will try to make up for it. Please be gentle with me.
First of all, I’m contractually obligated to showcase upcoming TechCrunch events this year (not really, but maybe).
TechCrunch Live will be making a special (virtual) trip to Boston on February 27th. City Spotlight: Boston, and it will be completely free. That’s right — it’s free! No excuse to skip this one. Beyond City Spotlight, TC says he’ll be returning to Boston in April. Early stagewill have expert-led sessions on early-stage company growth.Last but not least, mark your calendars TechCrunch Disrupt 2023, September 19-21 in San Francisco. It will be one of your memories.
With the PSA out of the way, let’s get down to the wrap-up.
Erase the mistake: one of google pixel The best photo editor, “Magic Eraser” is now compatible with other Android and iOS devices. But it’s not free. This week, Google announced that a popular tool that uses AI to remove unwanted content from images will be available to Google One subscribers and existing owners of his Pixel. Google One subscribers also get access to several other editing tools, including new HDR video effects and exclusive collage styles.
Facebook Jail: Sarah reports that Meta will reform its penalties system based on recommendations from its oversight committee, an independent body of experts, academics, civic leaders and lawyers who are complicit in Meta’s appeal decisions. . She says social networks will reform their systems to focus on explaining the reasons behind content removals rather than punishing users by limiting their ability to post. .
TikTok in the car: TikTok is on its way to cars, starting with the new Mercedes-Benz E-Class, which hits the market in the fall of 2023. The car’s newly updated MBUX infotainment system features a “super screen” that spans the entire dashboard, allowing drivers to click the TikTok app to watch videos while the vehicle is parked. What about TikTok overload?
AI at Spotify: Spotify this week launched a new AI feature called “DJ” to make your music listening experience more personalized. Similar to Radio DJs, Spotify’s DJ feature uses what Spotify calls “amazingly realistic voices” to deliver a curated selection of music, along with AI-powered audio commentary about your favorite tracks and artists. provide. Neat!
Price drop: Netflix has lowered subscription costs in more than 100 regions over the past week as customers continue to weigh which streaming services to keep amid price increases.The company has recently come under attack after deployment password sharing rules For Canada, New Zealand, Portugal and Spain, another potential reason for the price drop is to gain an advantage over competition such as: Paramount+, Apple TV+, Disney+ and Hulu.
Military secret: On Monday, the US Department of Defense secured a public server that has been leaking internal US military emails to the public internet over the past two weeks. The servers were hosted in Microsoft’s Azure Government cloud for Department of Defense customers. It uses servers that are physically separated from other commercial customers, so it can be used to share sensitive but unclassified government data.
Computed by OpenAI: OpenAI is quietly launching a new developer platform that will allow customers to run the company’s new machine learning models, such as GPT-3.5, in dedicated capacity. In a screenshot of the document posted to Twitter by a user with early access, OpenAI describes its upcoming product, called Foundry, as “designed for cutting-edge customers running larger workloads.” increase.
YouTube goes multilingual: YouTube announced this week that it is rolling out support for multilingual audio tracks. This allows creators to add dubbing to new and existing videos, helping them reach an international audience. The company says the technology to support multilingual audio tracks was built in-house at YouTube, but creators must work directly with third-party dubbing providers to create their audio tracks.
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