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May 15, 2024, 7:30 AM

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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 …
Casey Newton / Platformer:
AI search's arrival bodes ill for everyone who relied 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 rolls out a search filter, named “Web”, to show only text-based links in results  —  Google is rolling out a new search filter to show only text-based links in the search results.  The filter is named “Web”.  Clicking it removes images, videos, or other forms of search results …
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Emma Roth / The Verge:
Google announces AI-powered scam call detection on Android, a chatty new voice mode with its Gemini Live feature, and voice and video search with Google Lens  —  Google I/O just ended — and it was packed with AI announcements.  As expected, the event focused heavily on Google's Gemini AI models …
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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Kyle Wiggers / TechCrunch:
Google announces a private preview of a new Gemini 1.5 Pro version that can take in up to 2M tokens, twice its predecessor and rivals like Anthropic's Claude 3  —  Gemini, Google's family of generative AI models, can now analyze longer documents, codebases, videos and audio recordings than before.
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Ty Pendlebury / CNET:
Google unveils Music AI Sandbox, a suite of music tools that include the ability to create loops via text, without disclosing a public launch date  —  Producers say the AI-generated loops can make music sound ‘more human.’  —  Google has unveiled a new music-making tool it calls Music AI Sandbox …
Devindra Hardawar / Engadget:
Google debuts Veo, a text-to-video model that outputs at 1080p resolution, and Imagen 3, its highest quality image generation model with improved text rendering  —  It's also targeting recording artists with Music AI Sandbox.  —  It's all AI all the time at Google I/O!
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 …
Natasha Lomas / TechCrunch:
Apple says it prevented $7B+ in “potentially fraudulent transactions” on the App Store from 2020 through 2023, including $1.8B+ in 2023, down from $2B+ in 2022  —  Apple released new data about anti-fraud measures related to its operation of the iOS App Store on Tuesday morning …
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.
Mary Ann Azevedo / TechCrunch:
Kentucky-based PayHOA, a bootstrapped startup that offers software for self-managed homeowner associations, raised a $27.5M Series A and reports 652K+ users  —  PayHOA, a previously bootstrapped Kentucky-based startup that offers software for self-managed homeowner associations (HOAs) …
Reuters:
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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James Reddick / The Record:
Research: Southeast Asian scam syndicates, which typically use forced labor to run online scams like pig butchering, are stealing an estimated $64B annually  —  Online fraud operations in Southeast Asia continue to grow, with organized scamming syndicates netting an estimated $64 billion each year worldwide, according to new research.

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