May 21, 2024, 2:15 AM

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Kris Holt / Engadget:
Microsoft unveils Copilot+ PCs as a new class of AI-capable Windows PCs with 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 now that Microsoft was working on so-called “AI PCs.”
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 …
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.
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
David Pierce / The Verge:
Microsoft debuts the new $1,000+ Surface Pro with optional OLED display and 5G, up to 90% faster than last gen, a Flex keyboard with haptic feedback, and more  —  Microsoft just announced the new Surface Pro, the latest in its lineup of tablet / laptop hybrid devices and the first in a new generation …
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Kat Tenbarge / NBC News:
Scarlett Johansson says she declined an offer to voice ChatGPT and was “shocked, angered” that Sam Altman would pursue Sky, a voice “so 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.
OpenAI pulls ChatGPT's Sky voice after users said it sounded like Scarlett Johansson, saying it 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
Sergiu Gatlan / BleepingComputer:
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+ worth of 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.
Hannah Ellis-Petersen / The Guardian:
Meta approved 14 AI-manipulated Facebook ads during India's election with known slurs against Muslims; civil groups submitted and then pulled the ads as a test  —  Exclusive: Ads containing AI-manipulated images were submitted to Facebook by civil and corporate accountability groups
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 has arrested 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.
Juli Clover / MacRumors:
Apple releases iOS 17.5.1 and iPadOS 17.5.1 and says the bug allowing some deleted photos to 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.
David Heaney / UploadVR:
LG denies reports it canceled its partnership with Meta, three months after the companies agreed to develop XR devices, says it's “controlling its pace”  —  LG denied reports from Korean news outlets claiming it canceled its partnership with Meta, but said it is “controlling its pace”.
MacKenzie Sigalos / CNBC:
NY AG announces a $2B settlement with crypto lender Genesis, after claiming Genesis misled investors about its Gemini Earn program, leading to $1B+ in losses  —  WATCH NOW  —  New York Attorney General Letitia James is settling with crypto lender Genesis for $2 billion, in an effort to repay defrauded investors.
Cory Weinberg / The Information:
Sources: Anduril has had early discussions to raise ~$1.5B at a $12.5B+ valuation, and told investors it roughly doubled revenue to about $500M last year  —  Military defense startup Anduril has had early discussions to raise what would be one of the largest venture capital rounds of the year so far …
Toby Sterling / Reuters:
European research labs led by Belgium-based imec will receive €2.5B in funding under European Chips Act to set up a pilot line to develop and test sub-2nm chips  —  Leading European research labs will receive 2.5 billion euros ($2.72 billion) in funding under the European Chips Act …
Julia Love / Bloomberg:
A profile of Alphabet's moonshot X lab, as it carves out a path in which projects spin off as independent startups, after years of debate and experimentation  —  Alphabet is ending an era of unrestrained invention, spinning off many projects into independent startups.

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