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May 31, 2024, 10:35 AM

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Abner Li / 9to5Google:
Devin Coldewey / TechCrunch:
Researchers claim that 2,107 US voters, mostly older, white Republican women, accounted for spreading 80% of the fake news on Twitter during the 2020 election  —  A pair of studies published Thursday in the journal Science offers evidence not only that misinformation on social media changes minds …
Reuters:
Sources: TikTok is working on a clone of its recommendation algorithm for its US users that may result in a version that operates independently of ByteDance  —  TikTok is working on a clone of its recommendation algorithm for its 170 million U.S. users that may result in a version …
Mark Gurman / Bloomberg:
Sources: Apple plans to overhaul Siri with more advanced AI, a move that will allow Siri to take command of all the features within apps for the first time  —  - The feature will be at the heart of renewed Apple push into AI  — Idea is to operate features within individual apps using voice
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Spotify has initiated a refund process for its discontinued Car Thing dashboard device, as consumers file a lawsuit claiming Spotify misled them  —  Spotify is facing continued backlash over its decision to discontinue support for Car Thing, its in-car streaming device …
Dan Fitzpatrick / Forbes:
OpenAI unveils ChatGPT Edu, an “affordable” version for universities, including GPT-4o access, custom GPT creation, and higher message limits than the free tier  —  OpenAI has announced ChatGPT Edu.  This will be a specialized version of its AI platform designed specifically for universities.
Gerrit De Vynck / Washington Post:
OpenAI disrupted five influence operations in the past three months that accessed its products to covertly manipulate public opinion or shape political outcomes  —  Covert propagandists have already begun using generative artificial intelligence to boost their influence operations.
Forbes:
OpenAI is hiring research engineers to rebuild its robotics team; sources: the company plans to develop tech that robot makers will integrate into their systems  —  After disbanding its efforts to build a general purpose robot in 2020, the AI juggernaut is embarking on a new attempt …
Kurt Wagner / Bloomberg:
How Meta revamped Facebook's feed to show more posts from outside a person's network of friends and family, in a move to fight TikTok and win back younger users  —  - Feed now features a broader array of posts based on interest  — More young adults are back on Facebook after years of declines
Eleanor Olcott / Financial Times:
Sources: Saudi Arabia's Prosperity7 participated in a ~$400M round in Zhipu AI at a $3B valuation, making it the only foreign investor in Chinese generative AI  —  Aramco's Prosperity7 takes part in investment round for start-up Zhipu AI  —  A Saudi Arabian fund has backed China's …
More: Bloomberg
Evgeny Obedkov / Game World Observer:
Sony says PS5 generated $106B in revenue in less than four years vs. PS4's $107B over seven years, PS5 in-game purchases spending up 176% over PS4, and more  —  Sony has published its annual business briefing.  Here are the key takeaways about the performance of the PlayStation business and updates to the company's gaming strategy.
Jaspreet Singh / Reuters:
Dell reports Q1 revenue up 6% YoY to $22.24B, vs. 21.64B est., and expects its adjusted gross margin rate to decline in FY 2025; DELL drops 17%+  —  Dell Technologies (DELL.N) said on Thursday it expects its adjusted gross margin rate to decline about 150 basis points in fiscal 2025 …
Natasha Lomas / TechCrunch:
Spain's data protection regulator AEPD bans Meta from launching election features on Facebook and Instagram in the country, citing GDPR concerns  —  Meta has been banned from launching features on Facebook and Instagram that would have collected data on voters in Spain using the social networks ahead of next month's European Elections.

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