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May 23, 2024, 10:50 AM

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Mayank Parmar / BleepingComputer:
Microsoft users report a massive outage impacting Bing.com, Copilot for the web and mobile, Copilot in Windows, ChatGPT's internet search, DuckDuckGo, and more  —  A massive Microsoft outage affects Bing.com, Copilot for web and mobile, Copilot in Windows, ChatGPT internet search and DuckDuckGo.
Nitasha Tiku / Washington Post:
Docs and sources: OpenAI didn't use Scarlett Johansson's voice for ChatGPT's Sky and hired another actress in June, months before Sam Altman contacted Johansson  —  A different actress was hired to provide the voice for ChatGPT's ‘Sky,’ according to documents and recordings shared with the Washington Post.
Kif Leswing / CNBC:
Nvidia reports Q1 revenue up 262% YoY to $26.04B, vs. $24.65B est., forecasts Q2 revenue above est., and plans a 10:1 stock split on June 7; NVDA jumps 5%+  —  Nvidia shares topped $1,000 for the first time in extended trading on Wednesday after the chipmaker reported fiscal first-quarter results that topped analyst estimates.
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Emilia David / The Verge:
Truecaller partners with Microsoft's Azure AI Speech to let its AI Assistant users create an AI version of their voice based on a recorded clip to answer calls  —  Caller ID company Truecaller will let users create an AI version of their voice to answer calls.
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Google Pay now lets users see their card benefits and perks before selecting a card, use BNPL on more sites, and fill in card details through biometrics or PIN  —  Google Pay is rolling out a number of updates that capitalize on its integrations with other Google products, like Android and the Chrome browser.
Wall Street Journal:
News Corp and OpenAI announce a multiyear agreement to bring News Corp's news content to OpenAI; sources say the deal could be worth $250M+ over five years  —  Agreement could generate over $250 million over five years for News Corp in cash and credits  —  Wall Street Journal owner News Corp struck …
Maxwell Zeff / Gizmodo:
X Director of Engineering Haofei Wang says “we are making likes private” in an update happening “soon”, as “public likes are incentivizing the wrong behavior”  —  Musk could soon make likes on X private, changing a feature that historically placed several celebrities, including him, into scandals.
CNBC:
US DOJ and state AGs sue to break up Ticketmaster parent Live Nation over alleged antitrust violations, following a DOJ probe and Taylor Swift fan complaints  —  The U.S. Department of Justice is suing to break up Live Nation, the parent company of Ticketmaster, over alleged antitrust violations.
André Beganski / Decrypt:
The US House passes the Financial Innovation and Technology for the 21st Century Act, or FIT21, which would create a regulatory framework for digital assets  —  Dubbed the Financial Innovation and Technology for the 21st Century Act, or FIT21, the measure was approved by the House of Representatives with a 279-136 vote.
Kelsey Piper / Vox:
Leaked OpenAI documents show aggressive tactics toward ex-staff, and contradict leadership's comments on being unaware of provisions about equity cancellation  —  On Friday, Vox reported that employees at tech giant OpenAI who wanted to leave the company were confronted with expansive and highly restrictive exit documents.
Reuters:
South Korea announces a ~$19B support package for its domestic chip industry and asks the Industry Ministry to strengthen the country's non-memory chip sector  —  South Korea announced on Thursday revised plans for a support package for the country's vital semiconductor industry worth 26 trillion won …
Aisha Malik / TechCrunch:
TikTok launches its Symphony AI suite for brands, using generative AI to let marketers write scripts, produce videos, and enhance current assets  —  TikTok is the latest tech company to incorporate generative AI into its ads business, as the company announced on Tuesday that it's launching a new “TikTok Symphony” AI suite for brands.
Kyle Wiggers / TechCrunch:
Lumos, which helps companies manage employees' identities and access to apps and systems, raised a $35M Series B led by Scale, taking its total funding to $65M+  —  Andrej Safundzic, Alan Flores Lopez and Leo Mehr met in a class at Stanford focusing on ethics, public policy and technological change.
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Greg Bensinger / Reuters:
Amazon investors vote to reject all 14 resolutions that asked to disclose more on its carbon emissions and directors' donations, form an AI committee, and more  —  Amazon.com (AMZN.O) investors voted against all 14 resolutions that asked the retailer to disclose more about its carbon emissions …
Ben Thompson / Stratechery:
Q&A with Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella and CTO Kevin Scott on Copilot+ PCs, delivering a consistent experience, OpenAI, integration vs. modularization, and more  —  This week we have two Stratechery Interviews: the first is with Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, and the second is with Microsoft CTO Kevin Scott.

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