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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.
Bloomberg:
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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