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May 25, 2024, 2:15 PM

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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  —  Step 1: Google rolls out a new AI-powered product.  Step 2: Users quickly find the product's flaws and point them out with social-media posts, which become news stories.
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.
Sharon Adarlo / Futurism:
An analysis of GPT-3.5-based ChatGPT's answers to 517 programming questions on Stack Overflow: 52% of answers contain incorrect information, 77% are verbose  —  Not So Smart  —  In recent years, computer programmers have flocked to chatbots like OpenAI's ChatGPT to help them code …
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.
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.
Will Knight / Wired:
How SLMs like Microsoft's Phi-3, which can run locally on phones or PCs without big compromises, open up new AI use cases by being more responsive and private  —  Research at Microsoft shows it's possible to make AI models small enough to run on phones or laptops without major compromises to their smarts.
Christine Mui / Politico:
Congress has quietly diverted $3.5B from the US CHIPS Act to Secure Enclave, a classified project proposed by Intel to build chips for defense needs  —  The Commerce Department was expecting to hand out new federal money to high-tech research.  Congress sent it to a secretive natsec program instead.
Kevin Breuninger / CNBC:
Similarweb: Truth Social's average number of US monthly visits was just over 4M from May 2023 to April 2024, down 39%+ from the prior 12-month period  —  Nearly two-and-a-half years after its launch, Truth Social is struggling to hang onto its small U.S. user base, according to new data …
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 …

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