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May 15, 2024, 1:15 PM

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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:
Cherlynn Low / Engadget:
Apple unveils accessibility features, like Eye Tracking, to let users with physical disabilities control iPads or iPhones with their eyes, and Music Haptics  —  The company is making it easier to use your gaze to navigate iOS and iPadOS.  —  Deputy Editor, Reviews
CNBC:
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 …
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 …
Washington Post:
Steven Sinofsky / @stevesi:
Apple letting iPads run macOS would require major trade-offs, and enabling touch on Macs 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....
Natalie Lung / Bloomberg:
Uber plans to work with local fleets to add US shuttle bus services to and from airports, concert venues, and sports stadiums, for a fraction of UberX's cost  —  - Uber Shuttle priced at a fraction of usual cost of rideshares  — Shares of rival Instacart slid on news of Uber's Costco deal
David Pierce / The Verge:
Anthropic hires Instagram and Artifact co-founder Mike Krieger as its chief product officer, after the startup released an iOS app for its Claude chatbot  —  As Anthropic tries to take on the AI giants, it has a new big-name executive on board: the company announced this morning that Mike Krieger is its new chief product officer.
Nelson Renteria / Reuters:
El Salvador has mined 473.5 bitcoin, worth ~$29M, since September 2021 thanks to a volcano-fueled geothermal power plant, bringing its portfolio to 5,750 BTC  —  El Salvador has mined nearly 474 bitcoins since 2021 thanks to a volcano-fueled geothermal power plant, official data showed on Tuesday …
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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Mark Hachman / PCWorld:
Intel details Thunderbolt Share, a new specification and app to connect two PCs, letting users transfer data at 40Gbps or more, control another PC, and more  —  Adios, shuffling around flash drives?  —  With Thunderbolt Share, Intel is turning the Thunderbolt cable into a way to connect …
New York Times:
Bipartisan US Senators release a long-awaited plan for AI, calling for spending $32B annually by 2026 on R&D, creating a federal data privacy law, and more  —  Their plan is the culmination of a yearlong listening tour on the dangers of the new technology.
VideoCardz.com:
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.
RT Watson / The Block:
Immutable Games launches Guild of Guardians, its flagship mobile fantasy RPG that let players win GOG tokens, NFTs, and more; Immutable raised $200M in 2022  —  “Guild of Guardians” is launching worldwide on both Apple and Android devices.  — Immutable Games is offering up to $1 million in prizes.
Ryan Weeks / Bloomberg:
USDC issuer Circle, which confidentially filed for a US IPO in January, plans to shift its legal base to the US from Ireland, and may face more onerous taxes  —  - Circle's holding company is currently located in Ireland  — With an IPO looming, the firm will re-domicile to the US
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
Alex Weprin / The Hollywood Reporter:
Netflix strikes a three-year deal with the NFL to stream two new Christmas Day games this season, and “at least one game” in 2025 and in 2026  —  The streaming giant lands the league's two new Christmas Day games, beginning this season.  —  Netflix will stream live NFL games, beginning this season.
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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