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May 25, 2024, 2:40 AM

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Peter Kafka / Business Insider:
Google says the vast majority of AI Overviews provide high-quality information and many of the viral examples have been uncommon queries or have been doctored  —  An curved arrow pointing right.  — In February, when this happened before, Google shelved the faulty AI product behind the results.
Kylie Robison / The Verge:
Google says it is “taking swift action” to remove AI Overviews on certain queries “where appropriate under our content policies”  —  Social media is abuzz with examples of Google's new AI Overview product saying weird stuff, from telling users to put glue on their pizza to suggesting they eat rocks.
Washington Post:
Two lawsuits filed on behalf of the Uvalde shooting victims allege Activision, Meta, and the gunmaker, Daniel Defense, are responsible for “grooming” the gunman  —  The lawsuits allege the companies are responsible for pushing the Robb Elementary shooter to acquire an AR-15-style weapon.
Chance Miller / 9to5Mac:
Apple says that users' deleted photos that resurfaced after installing iOS 17.5 weren't synced to iCloud Photos and could have persisted after restoring backups  —  Earlier this week, Apple released iOS 17.5.1 to address a rare problem where deleted photos would reappear on a user's device after installing iOS 17.5.
Michael Kan / PCMag:
Instant messaging client ICQ will stop working from June 26, recommends users migrate to messaging platforms from parent company VK; ICQ had 100M users in 2001  —  ICQ will stop working on June 26.  It's encouraging users to migrate to a messaging app from Russia-based VK, its parent company.
Ben Cohen / Wall Street Journal:
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Atari buys the Intellivision brand and the rights to 200+ Intellivision Entertainment games, and says the deal “ends the longest running console war in history”  —  For fans of old-school games, it's kind of like Coke acquiring Pepsi: Atari, which produced one of the first hit home game consoles …
Pete Brown / Columbia Journalism Review:
An overview of existing deals between news publishers and AI companies and the questions they raise regarding long-term costs, the selection process, and more  —  In the past few weeks, News Corp, the Financial Times and Dotdash Meredith became the latest news organizations to strike licensing deals …
Annie Palmer / CNBC:
A look at the challenges facing AWS' new CEO Matt Garman as the cloud unit battles the perception that it's falling behind Microsoft and Google in AI rollouts  —  In May 2023, Amazon CEO Andy Jassy was asked by an attendee at the annual shareholder meeting how the company was innovating in generative artificial intelligence.
Mayank Parmar / BleepingComputer:
Microsoft's Bing, Copilot, and Copilot in Windows services are back online worldwide after an outage that began around 3 AM ET on May 23 and lasted 24+ hours  —  After over a 24-hour outage, Microsoft's Bing, Copilot, and Copilot in Windows services are back online worldwide, with no information released as to what caused the problem.

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