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May 21, 2024, 8:15 AM

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Kris Holt / Engadget:
Microsoft unveils Copilot+ PCs as a new class of AI-capable Windows PCs that have at least 40 TOPs of NPU performance, with several OEMs and chipmakers on board  —  The aim is to handle more AI processing locally rather than in the cloud.  —  We've been hearing rumblings for months …
Umar Shakir / The Verge:
Microsoft unveils Recall for Windows 11, an AI-powered search tool for Copilot+ PCs that keeps track of users' actions and gives them an explorable timeline  —  Microsoft's launching Recall for Windows 11, a new tool that keeps track of everything you see and do on your computer and …
Joanna Stern / Wall Street Journal:
Impressions of Windows 11 AI features Recall, Live Captions, and Cocreator, and a chat with Satya Nadella on how the Copilot+ PC push will outperform MacBooks  —  Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella told our columnist new efficient, powerful chips equip Windows Copilot+ laptops to compete with Apple's MacBooks
Lawrence Bonk / Engadget:
Acer, Asus, Dell, HP, Samsung, and Lenovo joined Microsoft in debuting laptops featuring Qualcomm's Snapdragon X Elite or Plus chips and a dedicated Copilot key  —  They all have similar processors, but there are plenty of differences in design and functionality.
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Kat Tenbarge / NBC News:
Scarlett Johansson says she declined OpenAI's ChatGPT voice offer and was “shocked, angered” that Sam Altman would pursue Sky, a voice “eerily similar” to hers  —  The “Her” actor released a statement following OpenAI pulling its “Sky” voice from ChatGPT, which many people said sounded like her.
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Bloomberg:
OpenAI pulls ChatGPT's Sky voice after users compared the sound to Scarlett Johansson, saying Sky is an actress' voice and wasn't chosen to be an “imitation”  —  - Selecting the Sky profile redirects ChatGPT users to Juniper  — Company said it was not trying to imitate Johansson's voice
Wired:
How Indian politicians are using deepfakes for voter outreach; an estimated 50M+ AI voice calls were made in the two months before the elections in April 2024  —  India's elections are a glimpse of the AI-driven future of democracy.  Politicians are using audio and video deepfakes of themselves …
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Mike Scarcella / Reuters:
US v. Google: Google has preemptively paid damages to the US government, an unusual move aimed at avoiding a jury trial in the DOJ's antitrust lawsuit  —  Alphabet's (GOOGL.O) Google has preemptively paid damages to the U.S. government, an unusual move aimed at avoiding a jury trial …
Samantha Cole / 404 Media:
The FBI arrests a man on criminal charges for allegedly producing and distributing AI-generated images of minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct  —  He allegedly used Stable Diffusion, a text-to-image generative AI model, to create “thousands of realistic images of prepubescent minors,” prosecutors said.
David Heaney / UploadVR:
LG denies reports over canceling its partnership with Meta, three months after the companies agreed to develop XR devices, says it is “controlling its pace”  —  LG denied reports from Korean news outlets claiming it canceled its partnership with Meta, but said it is “controlling its pace”.
Juli Clover / MacRumors:
Apple releases iOS 17.5.1 and iPadOS 17.5.1, saying the bug that let some deleted photos reappear has now been fixed  —  Apple today released iOS 17.5.1 and iPadOS 17.5.1, minor updates to the iOS 17 and iPadOS 17 operating system updates that came out last September.
Sergiu Gatlan / BleepingComputer:
The DOJ announces the arrest of a Taiwanese national at JFK Airport who allegedly owned Incognito Market, a dark web site used by 200K+ to buy $100M+ in drugs  —  The owner and operator of Incognito Market, a dark web marketplace for selling illegal narcotics online, was arrested at the John F. Kennedy Airport in New York on May 18.
Bailey Lipschultz / Bloomberg:
SEC filing: Chicago-based Tempus, which uses AI to process medical data, files for an IPO, reporting a $266M net loss on $532M revenue in 2023 and 2,300 staff  —  The company said in its filing Monday with the US Securities and Exchange Commission that it's creating “intelligent diagnostics” for precision medicine.

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