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April 9, 2024, 1:55 PM

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Wall Street Journal:
Google unveils ARM-based Axion chips for AI, claiming they have up to 30% better performance over the top ARM rivals, coming to Google Cloud customers in 2024  —  Tech giant develops new chips to cut reliance on outside vendors as the AI arms race intensifies
Bloomberg:
Google Cloud CEO Thomas Kurian unveils AI updates: corporate Gemini users can “ground” responses in reliable sources, Search as a Gemini answer source, and more  —  The company unveiled updates to its AI offerings at its annual cloud conference  —  Google unveiled a host …
David Pierce / The Verge:
Google announces Vids, an app to help companies and consumers make collaborative, shareable video, powered by Gemini, launching in public beta in summer 2024  —  For decades, work has revolved around documents, spreadsheets, and slide decks.  Word, Excel, PowerPoint; Pages, Numbers, Keynote; Docs, Sheets, Slides.
Abner Li / 9to5Google:
Google details Workspace updates: Gmail's “Help me write” voice input and “instant polish”, Docs tabs, Sheets tables, Gemini in Chat, Meet translation, and more  —  Besides Vids, Google Workspace is getting a slew of new features and Gemini capabilities at Cloud Next 2024.
Kyle Wiggers / TechCrunch:
Google releases Gemini 1.5 Pro in public preview on Vertex AI, offering support for up to 1M tokens, and says the model will power new features in Code Assist  —  Gemini 1.5 Pro, Google's most capable generative AI model, is now available in public preview on Vertex AI, Google's enterprise-focused AI development platform.
Mark Gurman / Bloomberg:
Automattic acquires Beeper, a source says for $125M, and absorbs its 27 employees; Beeper co-founder Eric Migicovsky will become Automattic's head of messaging  —  - Automattic purchases Beeper in $125 million deal; CEO to join  — Beeper briefly brought Apple's iMessage to Android devices
Paul Alcorn / Tom's Hardware:
Intel debuts Gaudi 3, set for Q3 mass production, claiming up to 1.7x the training performance, 50% more inference, and 40% better efficiency than Nvidia's H100  —  GPUs fall the wayside as Intel goes all-in on Gaudi for AI.  —  Intel made a slew of announcements during its Vision 2024 event today …
Wall Street Journal:
An investigation finds a shadowy supply chain for Starlink terminals to US foes in Russia and Sudan via Africa, Asia, and the UAE; SpaceX has not shut them off  —  The satellite-internet devices are helping Russian fighters in Ukraine and paramilitary forces in Sudan; SpaceX hasn't shut them off
Sylvia Varnham O'Regan / The Information:
Leo Schwartz / Fortune:
Monad Labs, which is building a Layer 1 blockchain to rival Ethereum and Solana, raised $225M led by Paradigm and plans to launch its mainnet by the end of 2024  —  With crypto markets roaring back, different blockchains are jockeying to become the solution that hoovers up demand in the next wave …
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
eBay adds an AI-powered “shop the look” feature to its iOS app, offering personalized recommendations to users who have viewed 10+ fashion items in six months  —  EBay on Tuesday launched a new generative AI-powered feature to appeal to fashion enthusiasts: a “shop the look” …
Alexandra Alper / Reuters:
Sources: the US plans to award Samsung $6B+ next week to build four chip facilities in Taylor, Texas, including a $17B plant, as part of the $52.7B CHIPS Act  —  The Biden administration plans to announce it is awarding more than $6 billion to South Korea's Samsung (005930.KS) …
Abner Li / 9to5Google:
Google debuts its Find My Device network in the US and Canada, initially for lost Android phones and tablets; third-party tracker tag support is coming in May  —  Google is launching its new Find My Device (FMD) network in the US and Canada starting today.  It will initially find lost Android phones …

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