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May 21, 2024, 12:45 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 …
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 Surface Pro with optional OLED display and 5G, 90% faster than last gen, a Flex keyboard with haptic feedback, more, starting at $1,000  —  Microsoft just announced the new Surface Pro, the latest in its lineup of tablet / laptop hybrid devices and the first in a new generation …
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.
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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.
Bloomberg:
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.
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.
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 …
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”.
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
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 …
Paul Sawers / TechCrunch:
London-based Zen Educate, an online marketplace that connects schools with teachers, raised a $37M Series B led by Round2 Capital and acquires Aquinas Education  —  Zen Educate, an online marketplace that connects schools with teachers, has raised $37 million in a Series B round of funding.
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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