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April 9, 2024, 8:40 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 …
Abner Li / 9to5Google:
Google details Workspace updates: Gmail's “instant polish” to turn rough notes into emails, tabs in Docs, Gemini in Chat, “Translate for me” in Meet, and more  —  Besides Vids, Google Workspace is getting a slew of new features and Gemini capabilities at Cloud Next 2024.
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.
Kyle Wiggers / TechCrunch:
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 …
Paul Alcorn / Tom's Hardware:
Malcolm Owen / AppleInsider:
Apple researchers publish a paper on Ferret-UI, a multimodal LLM tailored for enhanced understanding of mobile UI screens  —  Apple's Ferret LLM could help allow Siri to understand the layout of apps in an iPhone display, potentially increasing the capabilities of Apple's digital assistant.
Zack Whittaker / TechCrunch:
Researchers found an exposed Azure server with credentials used by Microsoft staff to access internal systems; Microsoft was told Feb. 6 and secured it March 5  —  Microsoft has resolved a security lapse that exposed internal company files and credentials to the open internet.
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Rebecca Bellan / TechCrunch:
Cruise resumes manually driving its vehicles without autonomous systems engaged to create maps and gather road information in select cities, starting in Phoenix  —  General Motors' Cruise is redeploying robotaxis in Phoenix after nearly five months of paused operations, the company said in a blog post.
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:
Quora-owned AI chatbot platform Poe now allows bot creators to set a per-message price for their bots and rolls out enhanced analytics dashboard for creators  —  Bot creators now have a new way to make money with Poe, the Quora-owned AI chatbot platform.  On Monday, the company introduced …
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

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