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May 23, 2023, 8:50 PM

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Frank X. Shaw / The Official Microsoft Blog:
Microsoft plans to adopt the same plugin standard that OpenAI introduced for ChatGPT, enabling interoperability across ChatGPT and Microsoft's Copilot offerings  —  You only need two simple letters to accurately convey the major shift in the technology space this year: A and I. Beyond those letters …
Nilay Patel / The Verge:
An interview with Microsoft CTO Kevin Scott, who manages the OpenAI partnership, as Microsoft adds Copilots to everything from Office to Terminal to Edge  —  Microsoft is putting AI Copilots in everything.  Will it change the way we use computers? … Microsoft CTO Kevin Scott …
NBC News:
Sources: Florida Governor Ron DeSantis plans to launch his presidential bid on Twitter Spaces on May 24, in a discussion with Elon Musk moderated by David Sacks  —  The Florida governor will announce he is running for president on Twitter Wednesday evening in a conversation with Musk.
Aisha Malik / TechCrunch:
Google plans to use generative AI to boost the relevance of Search ads based on query context and debuts a conversational experience for creating ad campaigns  —  Google is going to start using generative AI to boost Search ads relevance based on the context of a query, the company announced at its Google Marketing Live event today.
Jess Weatherbed / The Verge:
Google launches Product Studio, a tool that lets merchants edit product images using generative AI for free, rolling out to US sellers in “the next few months”  —  Google is launching Product Studio, a new tool that allows Google Shopping merchants to quickly edit and customize …
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Chance Miller / 9to5Mac:
Apple announces a “multiyear, multibillion-dollar” deal with Broadcom to develop and manufacture 5G and wireless components, including FBAR filters, in the US  —  Apple has announced a major new partnership with Broadcom, one of its long-time supplier partners.
Vjeran Pavic / The Verge:
Final Cut Pro for iPad review: touch-friendly design and accessible pricing but limited Mac interoperability and lacks the blade tool, stabilization, and more  —  The long-awaited iPad version of Final Cut Pro is here and, with it, a touch-friendly design and accessible pricing.
Andrew Marino / The Verge:
Reuters:
Sources: in 2020 and 2021, Binance commingled customer funds with its revenue; a source says the sums ran into billions of dollars in Silvergate-held accounts  —  The world's largest cryptocurrency exchange, Binance, commingled customer funds with company revenue in 2020 and 2021 …
Jess Weatherbed / The Verge:
Adobe launches Generative Fill in beta for Photoshop, one of the first Creative Cloud apps to use its generative AI Firefly tool, rolling out fully in H2 2023  —  / Generative Fill will arrive in Photoshop in ‘the second half of 2023.’  —  Adobe Photoshop is getting a new generative AI tool …
Yuvraj Malik / Reuters:
Shutterstock plans to acquire Giphy from Meta for $53M in cash, after the UK CMA ordered Meta to divest the deal in 2022; Meta reportedly paid $400M for Giphy  —  Stock photos repository Shutterstock Inc (SSTK.N) said on Tuesday it would buy animated-images platform Giphy Inc from Meta Platforms Inc (META.O) for $53 million in cash.
Jay Peters / The Verge:
Netflix cracks down on password sharing in the US and offers paid sharing, which lets some accounts add an extra member outside their household for $7.99/month  —  Netflix is about to kick your best friend off your account — unless you pay for them to share your account, that is.
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:
Microsoft launches Fabric, an end-to-end data and analytics platform that centers on the company's OneLake data lake, but also works with Amazon S3 and soon GCP  —  Microsoft today launched Microsoft Fabric, a new end-to-end data and analytics platform (not to be confused with Azure Service Fabric).
New York Times:
US Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy releases a 19-page report warning that social media can have a “profound risk of harm” for kids and teens and urges action  —  Dr. Vivek H. Murthy urged immediate action from policymakers, tech companies and parents to safeguard against potential harms.
Will Gendron / Insider:
Spotify is building AI tools trained on its hosts' voices to create targeted ads, per Bill Simmons, the founder of the Spotify-owned podcast network The Ringer  —  - Bill Simmons, founder of The Ringer, hinted at Spotify's future AI plans.  — He said that the streaming service is working on technology for AI-generated ads.
Andy Greenberg / Wired:
Elliptic: some Chinese chemical suppliers accept cryptocurrency for fentanyl ingredients and the majority use “three specific exchanges” based outside of China  —  And it's happening in plain sight.  —  Fentanyl has long been one of the most dangerous wares …
Kyle Wiggers / TechCrunch:
Anthropic, a generative AI startup co-founded by OpenAI veterans, raised a $450M Series C led by Spark Capital; Google, Salesforce, and Zoom also invested  —  Anthropic, the prominent generative AI startup co-founded by OpenAI veterans, has raised $450 million in a Series C funding round led by Spark Capital.
Andrew J. Hawkins / The Verge:
Uber and Waymo sign a multiyear partnership to “make the Waymo Driver available to more people” via Uber, starting in Phoenix with a “set number” of Waymo cars  —  Waymo's robotaxis will be available to hail for rides and food delivery on Uber's app in Phoenix later this year …
Chris Welch / The Verge:
WBD launches Max, offering substantially more 4K content than HBO Max via a $19.99/month Ultimate plan, but for more than the outgoing $15.99/month ad-free plan  —  When Max goes live on May 23rd, the new Warner Bros. Discovery streaming service will offer substantially more 4K entertainment than HBO Max ever did.

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