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May 26, 2023, 3:45 AM

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Akriti Sharma / Reuters:
Neuralink says it received US FDA approval to launch its first-in-human clinical study of brain implants  —  Elon Musk's brain-implant company Neuralink on Thursday said it had received U.S. Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) approval to launch first-in-human clinical study.
Abner Li / 9to5Google:
Google starts rolling out its LLM-powered Search Generative Experience, with features like a conversational mode and shopping aspects, to Search Labs members  —  Announced at I/O 2023, Google is now rolling out the AI/LLM-powered Search Generative Experience (SGE) to users that signed up for the Search Labs program.
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
YouTube plans to shut down Stories on June 26, 2023, as the company focuses on other key areas, like Shorts, Community posts, live videos, and its usual content  —  Stories are over — at least on YouTube, that is.  The Google-owned video site announced today that YouTube Stories will be shutting …
The Block:
Paradigm appears to have removed crypto and Web3 mentions from its website's home page, as sources say the VC is expanding its focus to “frontier” tech like AI  —  - VC firm Paradigm is taking its crypto-only focus to include “frontier” technologies such as AI, two sources with knowledge of the situation told The Block.
Kyle Wiggers / TechCrunch:
Hugh Son / CNBC:
Filing: JPMorgan Chase is working on a ChatGPT-like software service dubbed IndexGPT that uses AI to analyze and select investments tailored to customer needs  —  - JPMorgan Chase is developing a ChatGPT-like software service that leans on a disruptive form of artificial intelligence …
WABetaInfo:
A beta version of WhatsApp suggests the company is working on adding usernames, which may allow users to chat without sharing their phone numbers  —  WhatsApp is rolling out a new update through the Google Play Beta Program, bringing the version up to 2.23.11.15.  —  What's new in this update?
Chris Stokel-Walker / The i Paper:
Email: Twitter tells researchers to delete all Twitter data stored on their systems within 30 days after their agreement expires, or sign a new contract  —  EXCLUSIVEMove to hike price of academic access compared to ‘book burning’ amid fears it will harm fight against misinformation online
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Cat Zakrzewski / Washington Post:
A profile of Microsoft President Brad Smith, a DC veteran testing his well-worn playbook to shape AI regulation, such as by endorsing the creation of an agency  —  In 2017, Microsoft president Brad Smith made a bold prediction.  Speaking on a panel at the Davos World Economic Forum …
Emily A. Vogels / Pew Research Center:
A survey conducted in March 2023: 58% of US adults have heard of ChatGPT but only 14% have tried it themselves; roughly four in ten say it's somewhat useful  —  About six-in-ten U.S. adults (58%) are familiar with ChatGPT, though relatively few have tried it themselves, according to a Pew Research Center survey conducted in March.
Hannah Miller / Bloomberg:
Tools for Humanity, co-founded by Sam Altman to build Worldcoin, raised a $115M Series C led by Blockchain Capital, aiming to scan everyone's eyes to create IDs  —  A crypto startup co-founded by OpenAI Chief Executive Officer Sam Altman has raised new funding to further its mission of providing a digital ID for everyone on the planet.
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
TikTok is testing its chatbot, Tako, in select markets; from the right side of the app, the bot helps users discover new content and ask questions about a video  —  AI chatbots, like ChatGPT, are all the rage, so it's no surprise to learn that TikTok is now testing its own AI chatbot, as well.
Ivan Mehta / TechCrunch:
Twitter launches API Pro, a $5,000/month tier offering access to full archive search endpoints and the ability to fetch 1M tweets and post 300K tweets monthly  —  Twitter announced a new API tier today called Twitter API Pro for startups that costs $5,000 per month.
Emily Nicolle / Bloomberg:
Fahrenheit, bidders led by Arrington Capital, wins an auction for Celsius Network's assets, including loans, investments, and $500M in “liquid cryptocurrency”  —  Failed crypto lender Celsius Network LLC is poised to restart as a new company after Fahrenheit LLC …

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