May 10, 2024, 7:45 AM

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Tim Nudd / Ad Age:
Apple apologizes for the “Crush” iPad Pro ad and scraps plans to run it on TV; Apple's VP of marketing communications Tor Myhren says “we missed the mark”  —  The company says its ‘Crush’ spot fell short of its goal of empowering and celebrating creatives
Anna Tong / Reuters:
Sources: OpenAI plans to announce its AI-powered search product on May 13  —  OpenAI plans to announce its artificial intelligence-powered search product on Monday, according to two sources familiar with the matter, raising the stakes in its competition with search king Google.
Microsoft plans to launch its mobile game store in July on the web, first with its own games including Candy Crush Saga, and later open it to other publishers  —  The browser-based store will debut with Microsoft's own games, offering discounts on in-game items associated with titles like Candy Crush Saga.
Mike Solana:
Q&A with Jack Dorsey on his exit from Bluesky to focus on Nostr, Bluesky “repeating all the mistakes we made” at Twitter, Musk's takeover, censorship, and more  —  jack dorsey on his exit from bluesky, how twitter lost its way, jack's strategy for ending censorship forever …
Mark Gurman / Bloomberg:
Sources: Apple's first server chips for its upcoming AI features will be the M2 Ultra; simpler AI tasks will be processed directly on iPhones, iPads, and Macs  —  - Company puts Mac-grade chips in data centers for fall launch  — Apple to offer features using on-device and cloud approaches
Amaka Nwaokocha / Cointelegraph:
Bankrupt crypto lender BlockFi announces plans to shut down its web platform by May and partners with Coinbase to allow clients to access and withdraw funds  —  The plan administrator will continue to use Coinbase for upcoming distribution rounds, potentially involving recovered funds from FTX.
Ken Yeung / VentureBeat:
ElevenLabs previews a music-generating AI model, showing samples of songs with lyrics generated from text prompts  —  Voice AI startup ElevenLabs is offering an early look at a new model that turns a prompt into song lyrics.  To raise awareness, it's following a similar playbook Sam Altman used …
Kevin Roose / New York Times:
An account of chatting with 18 AI companions for a month: AI friendship is hollow, but chatbots could enhance human socializing if developed responsibly  —  Our columnist spent the past month hanging out with 18 A.I. companions.  They critiqued his clothes, chatted among themselves and hinted at a very different future.
Wall Street Journal:
Sources: T-Mobile US is in talks to take over some operations and wireless spectrum licenses of US Cellular for $2B+; Verizon is also in talks with US Cellular  —  Regional wireless carrier has been seeking buyers for its operations, spectrum licenses  —  T-Mobile US and Verizon Communications …

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