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Kyle Wiggers / TechCrunch:
OpenAI unveils GPT-4o, a new flagship generative AI model that is faster and natively multimodal, rolling out for free to all ChatGPT users in the coming weeks  —  OpenAI announced a new flagship generative AI model on Monday which they call GPT-4o — the “o” stands for “omni,” …
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Ina Fried / Axios:
GPT-4o text and image capabilities are rolling out now to ChatGPT Plus and Team users; GPT-4o's voice version is coming soon; mysterious gpt2-chatbot was GPT-4o  —  - She said the new GPT-4o — that's a letter “o”, for “Omni” — is a “huge step forward when it comes to the ease of use” as well as speed.
David Pierce / The Verge:
Apple iPad Pro (2024) review: gorgeous screen, blazing performance with M4, thin, front camera is in the right spot, but iPadOS can't keep up with the hardware  —  Apple's latest high-end tablet is a marvel of hardware design still in need of the software and accessories to really make it sing.
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Sony Interactive Entertainment announces two new CEOs: Hermen Hulst, who will lead studios, and Hideaki Nishino, who will lead platforms, effective June 1  —  Hulst will lead the Studios business, while Nishino takes charge of the platform side  —  News by Christopher Dring Head of Games B2B
Juli Clover / MacRumors:
Apple releases iOS 17.5 with cross-platform detection of unwanted tracking devices, EU app downloads from websites, Apple News+ features like offline mode, more  —  Apple today released iOS 17.5 and iPadOS 17.5, major updates to the iOS 17 and iPadOS 17 operating system updates that came out last September.
The US orders Chinese-linked crypto mining company MineOne to sell property it bought near an Air Force base in Wyoming, citing national security risk  —  The White House on Monday gave a Chinese-linked company and its partners 120 days to sell property they had bought near a U.S. Air Force base …
Washington Post:
Google's rollout of AI generated summaries in search will threaten web publishers; Gartner predicts traffic to the web from search engines will fall 25% by 2026  —  The tech giant is rolling out AI-generated answers that displace links to human-written websites, threatening millions of creators
Ben Schoon / 9to5Google:
Meta announces Travel Mode, in beta, for the Quest 2 and Quest 3 under “Experimental features”, as a way to optimize the headset for use on moving vehicles  —  Meta Quest 2 and Quest 3 headsets are picking up a useful new Travel Mode which makes the VR experience easier to use in moving vehicles including on an airplane.
Kenrick Cai / Forbes:
Kyle Vogt, who resigned as Cruise CEO six months ago, raised $150M for The Bot Company, a household robot startup, sources say at a $550M post-money valuation  —  Vogt, who resigned from the self-driving car company amid a crisis just six months ago, landed a $550 million valuation …
Anna Heim / TechCrunch:
Mexico-based BNPL startup Aplazo raised a $45M Series B led by QED Investors, bringing its total raised to $100M+ in equity and $75M in committed debt  —  Buy now, pay later services have become so ubiquitous that BNPL may as well just be another way to say “debt.”
Kyle Wiggers / TechCrunch:
Google partners with HP to ship 3D video conferencing service Project Starline in 2025 and is working to support Zoom and Meet; Google unveiled Starline in 2021  —  In 2021, Google kicked off work on Project Starline, a corporate-focused teleconferencing platform that uses 3D imaging …
Gené Teare / Crunchbase News:
AI startups in the Bay Area raised $27B+ in 2023, more than 50% of global AI funding, up from $14B in 2022 when the region accounted for 29% of all AI funding  —  There's been much talk of a resurgent San Francisco with the new technology wave of artificial intelligence washing over the software world.
Sabrina Willmer / Bloomberg:
Chinese lidar maker Hesai sues US DOD for adding it to a list of firms accused of aiding China's military, saying it only serves civilian and commercial market  —  - Hesai Group says it only serves civilian, commerical market  — Company says its plans to build US facility are now disrupted
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Paul Alcorn / Tom's Hardware:
Top500: the Intel-powered Aurora supercomputer, not yet fully operational, came second behind the AMD-powered Frontier, but did take first in an AI benchmark  —  Aurora faces stability issues from hardware failures, cooling malfunctions, and operational errors.
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Microsoft unveils Places, an AI-powered app to help employees on Outlook and Teams better coordinate in-office time, with Copilot integration coming this year  —  Microsoft is attempting to solve the hassle of coordinating with colleagues on when everyone will be in the office.

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