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May 15, 2024, 10:05 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”.
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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.
Ben Smith / Semafor:
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 …
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:
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 …
More: Cybernews.com and TechSpot
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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
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
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.
More: Axios
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.

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