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May 15, 2024, 12:30 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 …
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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:
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.
Steven Sinofsky / @stevesi:
Apple letting the new iPad Pro run macOS would require major tradeoffs and touch on a 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....
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 …
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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  — Uber also announces Costco partnership in product update
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.
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.
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
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 …

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