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April 10, 2024, 7:25 AM

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Tris Warkentin / Google for Developers Blog:
Google introduces two Gemma variants: CodeGemma to help with code completion, and RecurrentGemma to provide researchers faster inference at higher batch sizes  —  In February we announced Gemma, our family of lightweight, state-of-the-art open models built from the same research and technology used to create the Gemini models.
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
Josh Ye / Reuters:
NetEase says it is working with Microsoft to bring World of Warcraft and other Blizzard games back to China after a feud ended the partnership in January 2023  —  Chinese video games giant NetEase (9999.HK) said it is working with Microsoft (MSFT.O) to bring popular games including …
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.
Filipe Espósito / 9to5Mac:
Piper Sandler survey of 6,020 US teens: 33% now own a VR device, up from 31% in fall 2023, and weekly users of VR devices increased to ~13% from ~10%  —  The AR/VR device market has always been considered a niche.  Even with the launch of the Apple Vision Pro earlier this year …
Zack Whittaker / TechCrunch:
Researchers found an exposed Azure server with Microsoft staff credentials used to access internal systems; Microsoft was told February 6 and fixed on March 5  —  Microsoft has resolved a security lapse that exposed internal company files and credentials to the open internet.
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:
Jane Lanhee Lee / Bloomberg:
TSMC reports Q1 revenue up 16.5% YoY to $18.5B and expects revenue to grow at least 20% in 2024, reversing 2023's slight decline, and budgets capex of $28B-$32B  —  That outperformance lends weight to expectations that the world's most valuable chipmaker will return to solid growth this year …
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Vinod Khosla / Financial Times:
The US is right to target TikTok and prevent a foreign adversary from controlling a platform to deploy “persuasive AI” that can manipulate US citizens and more  —  Chinese control of a powerful ‘persuasive AI’ tool cannot be tolerated  —  The writer is the founder of Khosla Ventures
Sankalp Phartiyal / Bloomberg:
Sources: Apple assembled $14B of iPhones in India in the last fiscal year, doubling production YoY; Apple now makes as many as 14% of its iPhones in India  —  - It now assembles about 1 in 7 of its iPhones from India  — That ramp-up suggests an accelerating shift from China
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
Nicola Agius / Search Engine Land:
WPP announces a collaboration with Google, integrating Gemini AI tools with WPP data to create scripts, product images, and more for ad clients like Coca-Cola  —  The groundbreaking partnership implies Google's robots could begin creating ads for world-leading brands like Coca-Cola.  —  Chat with SearchBot

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