April 9, 2024, 12:15 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
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.
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
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
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 …
Paul Alcorn / Tom's Hardware:
Intel debuts its Gaudi 3 AI chips, set for Q3 mass production, saying they offer up to 1.7x the training performance and 40% better efficiency than Nvidia H100s  —  Intel announced its new Gaudi 3 AI processors at its Vision 2024 event, claiming they offer up to 1.7X the training performance …
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) …
Kate Knibbs / Wired:
The Internet Archive is hosting the new Aruba Collection, which contains 101,376 items from Aruba's National Library, National Archives, and other institutions  —  By becoming the official custodian of an entire nation's history for the first time, the Internet Archive is expanding …
Sylvia Varnham O'Regan / The Information:
Source: Meta plans to launch two small non-multimodal versions of Llama 3 next week; the biggest Llama 3 model will be multimodal and is set for summer 2024  —  Meta Platforms is planning to launch two small versions of its forthcoming Llama 3 large-language model next week, according to a Meta employee.

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