May 15, 2024, 10:45 AM

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Casey Newton / Platformer:
The arrival of AI search bodes ill for everyone who relies on web search to have their business discovered, their blog post read, or their journalism funded  —  With AI search results coming to the masses, the human-powered web recedes further into the background
Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Land:
Google plans to roll out AI Overviews in Search to all US users by next week, and to more countries soon; they will be available to 1B+ users by the end of 2024  —  AI Overviews is rolling out to all US based searchers in Google Search, making AI Overviews available to hundreds of millions …
Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Land:
Google rolls out a search filter, named “Web”, to show only text-based links in results, available globally alongside other filters, like for images and videos  —  Google is rolling out a new search filter to show only text-based links in the search results.  The filter is named “Web”.
The Verge:
Jan Leike, who was co-leading OpenAI's Superalignment team with Ilya Sutskever to “steer and control” more powerful AI, has also resigned from the company  —  Ilya Sutskever, OpenAI's co-founder and chief scientist who helped lead the infamous failed coup against Sam Altman …
Cherlynn Low / Engadget:
Apple unveils accessibility features, including Eye Tracking, to let users with physical disabilities control iPad or iPhone with their eyes, and Music Haptics  —  The company is making it easier to use your gaze to navigate iOS and iPadOS.  —  Deputy Editor, Reviews
A leaked Dell XPS roadmap details Qualcomm's “Oryon V2” series, possibly named Snapdragon X Gen2 and launching in H2 2025, and “QC Oryon V3”, set for late 2027  —  Dell XPS Qualcomm leak: next-gen Snapdragon X series in mid-2025  —  Qualcomm Snapdragon X Gen2 and Gen3 already in the planing.
Nelson Renteria / Reuters:
El Salvador has mined 473.5 bitcoin, worth ~$29M, since 2021 thanks to a volcano-fueled geothermal power plant, bringing its total bitcoin portfolio to ~$354M  —  El Salvador has mined nearly 474 bitcoins since 2021 thanks to a volcano-fueled geothermal power plant, official data showed on Tuesday …
Steven Sinofsky / @stevesi:
Apple letting the new iPad Pro run macOS would require major tradeoffs and adding touch to Mac would lead to “a lot of flakey software that doesn't really work”  —  It is not unusual for customers to want the best of all worlds. It is why Detroit invented convertibles and el caminos. But the idea of a “dual boot” device is just nuts. It is guaranteed the only reality is it is running the wrong OS all the time for whatever you want to do....
University of Oxford:
A study of 2,414,294 people in 168 countries between 2006 and 2021 finds 84.9% of associations between internet connectivity and wellbeing were positive  —  Links between internet adoption and wellbeing are likely to be positive, despite popular concerns to the contrary …
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Srishti Jaswal / Rest of World:
As India's elections run from April 19 to June 1, a look at the BJP's vast WhatsApp operations, including using the app to campaign free from public scrutiny  —  An analysis of thousands of messages reveals how India's ruling party uses the app to campaign free from public scrutiny.  —  • MANDI, INDIA
Washington Post:
Eight TikTok creators sue the US government over the law forcing a sale or ban of TikTok, arguing the move violates their First Amendment rights  —  The lawsuit is the second legal challenge to the new law, which creators say violates their First Amendment rights.
Alex Weprin / The Hollywood Reporter:
Netflix strikes a deal with the NFL to stream two new Christmas Day games for at least three years, beginning this season  —  The streaming giant lands the league's two new Christmas Day games, beginning this season.  —  Netflix will stream live NFL games, beginning this season.
Stephanie Stacey / Financial Times:
London-based PolyAI, which makes AI voice assistants for call centres, raised $50M led by Hedosophia, with money from Nvidia and others, at a $500M+ valuation  —  London-based start-up behind artificial intelligence call centre assistants secures funding  —  London-based PolyAI has secured …
A US federal court orders Elon Musk to testify again in an SEC investigation into his $44B Twitter takeover; the SEC sued Musk in October 2023 to testify  —  A federal court ordered on Tuesday that Elon Musk must testify again in the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission's investigation into his $44 billion takeover of Twitter.
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Ben Smith / Semafor:
Billionaire tech critic Frank McCourt says he is preparing a “people's bid” to buy and rebuild TikTok so users “own and control their identity and their data”  —  The Scoop  —  A billionaire tech critic says he is mounting a bid to buy TikTok, the massive Chinese …
Hannah Miller / Bloomberg:
Humanity Protocol, a blockchain-based identity system that uses scans of people's palms, raised a $30M seed led by Kingsway Capital at a $1B valuation  —  The startup raised $30 million at a $1 billion valuation as it looks to challenge projects like Worldcoin.
Cherlynn Low / Engadget:
Google teases Project Astra, a camera-based AI app to process visual data in real time, and showed a person wearing a pair of smart glasses using the feature  —  It'll even remember things it saw that are no longer in the frame.  —  Deputy Editor, Reviews

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