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Kenneth Chesebro’s burner account adds to his legal troubles

msnbc.com Happy Wednesday! Here’s your weekly Tech Drop, the top stories I've been following at the intersection of politics and technology. CNN reported on election-related tweets…

A comprehensive list of 2023 & 2024 tech layoffs

techcrunch.com A comprehensive list of 2023 & 2024 tech layoffs From major layoffs at Google, Amazon and Microsoft to small fintech startups and apps The tech-wide reckoning that began in…

Nvidia’s free-tier GeForce Now will soon show ads while you’re waiting to play

theverge.com Nvidia’s completely free, no-strings attached trial of its cloud gaming service GeForce Now is about to be very slightly less of a deal — on Wednesday February 28th, Nvidia…

The Ring car camera appears to be finished, doomed by an unclear target market

techcrunch.com Once upon a time, gadgets knew what they were truly for. Toaster? Brown thy bread. Smartphone? Connect thy user. But the Ring Car Camera? Ever since its launch it found…

Crunchyroll President Rahul Purini on how anime took over the world

dcs.megaphone.fm Today, I’m talking with Rahul Purini, the president of Crunchyroll, a streaming service focused entirely on anime — and really, the biggest anime service still going. Rahul…

Google suspends AI image feature from making pictures of people after inaccurate photos

aol.com Google halted its image generation feature within its Gemini artificial intelligence platform from making images of people Thursday after the program created inaccurate…

Mercedes Scraps Plan To Only Sell Electric Vehicles

dailywire.com Mercedes-Benz is scrapping its plans to only sell electric vehicles after 2030 as consumer demand for EVs remains lower than what automakers projected. The Verge said that…

How publishers should respond to declining Google traffic

simonowens.substack.com Image licensed from Getty Images Welcome! I'm Simon Owens and this is my media industry newsletter. You can subscribe by clicking on this handy little button: Subscribe now…

With Sam Altman’s return, a shift in AI from idealism to pragmatism

economist.com EVEN BY TECH’S fast-moving standards, the past week in the world of artificial intelligence (AI) was head-spinning. On November 17th the board of OpenAI booted out Sam…

Google pauses ‘absurdly woke’ Gemini AI chatbot’s image tool after backlash over historically inaccurate pictures

nypost.com Google said Thursday it would “pause” its Gemini chatbot’s image generation tool after it was widely panned for creating “diverse” images that were not historically or…

Ring stops selling the Ring Car Cam, its first car dashboard camera, blaming “ongoing delays”, after launching the product in January 2023

theverge.com Ring confirmed to The Verge that it has stopped selling its Ring Car Cam, a dashcam / security camera hybrid that records the road and the driver while in motion and acts as…

Google explains Gemini’s “embarrassing” AI pictures of diverse Nazis

theverge.com Google has issued an explanation for the “embarrassing and wrong” images generated by its Gemini AI tool. In a blog post on Friday, Google says its model produced…

Is Google's new AI bot 'woke'?

theweek.com Can artificial intelligence be too politically correct? Maybe so. Google took down its new AI-powered Gemini image generator after the system produced widely mocked images…

Engadget Lays Off 10 Staffers in Latest Media Contraction

thewrap.com Tech website Engadget became the latest digital media outlet to announce layoffs Friday. The nearly 20-year-old outlet, which is owned by Yahoo, is shedding 10 staffers,…

Google pauses Gemini’s ability to generate AI images of people after diversity errors

theverge.com Google says it’s pausing the ability for its Gemini AI to generate images of people, after the tool was found to be generating inaccurate historical images. Gemini has been…

Rivian says it is laying off 10 percent of its workforce as EV woes deepen

theverge.com Rivian said it was laying off 10 percent of its workforce as concerns about slower electric vehicle sales continue to reverberate across the industry. The company made the…

Self-driving taxis suspended in L.A., NorCal

ktla.com Editor’s note: This story was updated to clarify the scope of the suspension. Self-driving car company Waymo’s plans to expand its coverage area have been put in neutral by…

Microsoft's Xbox boss says jacking up video game prices can end up being 'manipulative'

businessinsider.com Phil Spencer, head of Microsoft's Xbox Division, shared his thoughts on raising the price of its games from $60 to $70. Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images Microsoft's Xbox boss…

Grounded and Pentiment are the first Xbox games to hit the Switch

polygon.com Grounded and Pentiment are coming to Nintendo Switch as the first of four games moving away from Xbox exclusivity. Nintendo announced the release dates during its February…

Microsoft's Xbox Game Pass Surges To 34 Million Subscribers: What's New In February, March 2024?

benzinga.com The latest update from Xbox Wire outlines the new additions to Xbox Game Pass for the end of February and the beginning of March 2024. Seven titles are joining the service,…

If You Own a Wyze Cam, Strangers Might Have Watched You on Friday

gizmodo.com Home surveillance company Wyze announced a glitch caused some 13,000 customers to see each other’s camera footage on Friday, according to a report in The Verge. The company…

Vitalik Buterin: Verkle Trees Implementation to Benefit Ethereum Stakers and Network Nodes

cryptonews.com Ethereum co-founder Vitalik Buterin has highlighted the advantages of implementing Verkle Trees within Ethereum’s staking protocol. In a recent post, the Ethereum mastermind…

A 'horror story': what is fertility fraud?

theweek.com An American woman has discovered a high school boyfriend she slept with and could easily have married is actually her half-brother. This "horror story" has reopened…

Who is MrBeast? Meet the 25-year-old YouTube star who's famous for giving away millions of dollars to strangers and says he's not rich

businessinsider.com MrBeast, aka Jimmy Donaldson, has grown his YouTube following to 240 million. Here's how he did it. Jeff Cheatham/HCK2 MrBeast is one of the most-viewed YouTubers thanks to…

Are driverless dreams going up in flames?

morningbrew.com In the 19th century, Luddites smashed up automatic looms to protest the new technology. Last weekend, people at a San Francisco Lunar New Year celebration seemed to have the…

Nike lays off more than 1,500 people as CEO says ‘I ultimately hold myself and my leadership team accountable’

fortune.com Nike’s CEO John Donahoe blamed himself on Friday while saying the company was laying off more than 1,500 people—cuts that Donahoe said would “reignite our growth.” In a…

Amazon — like SpaceX

theverge.com Amazon claims the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) is “unconstitutional” in a new legal document filed on Thursday, according to a report from The New York Times. The…

The Rundown: Why Xbox easing up on console exclusivity could lead rivals to do the same

digiday.com The Xbox brand is transforming — and the rest of the gaming industry is evolving alongside it. On Feb. 15, Microsoft executives Phil Spencer, Sarah Bond and Matt Booty…

Microsoft Will Bring Once-Exclusive Xbox Games to PlayStation and Nintendo

decrypt.co It's official: Validating recent press reports, Microsoft announced Thursday that it will bring some previously exclusive Xbox games to competing consoles, which would…

Microsoft will bring four Xbox games to other companies' consoles

cnbc.com Phil Spencer, CEO of gaming at Microsoft, speaks during the company's Xbox event ahead of the E3 Electronic Entertainment Expo in Los Angeles on June 10, 2018. Microsoft…

How AI copyright lawsuits could make the whole industry go extinct

theverge.com Our new Thursday episodes of Decoder are all about deep dives into big topics in the news, and for the next few weeks, we’re going to stay focused on one of the biggest…

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