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Tue. 05/21 – Now You’ve Pissed Off Scar-Jo

5/21/2024
There are only 2 stories today, but they’re big ones. First, at an event yesterday, Microsoft showed off what they want the PC to look like in the AI era. Plus, this Recall app is super interesting. Then, look, it’s the Scarlett Johansson/OpenAI thing. It’s gotten weird. And more importantly, it’s continuing to highlight how OpenAI itself is… weird. Sponsors: Miro.com for 3 free boards! Links: The new, faster Surface Pro is Microsoft’s all-purpose AI PCMicrosoft announces an Arm-powered Surface LaptopMicrosoft unveils Copilot+ PCs with generative AI capabilities baked inRecall is Microsoft’s key to unlocking the future of PCsScarlett Johansson says she was 'shocked, angered' when she heard OpenAI's voice that sounded like her Midler v. Ford Motor Co.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

Duration:00:17:26

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Mon. 05/20 – That GPT Voice Is NOT Scar-Jo

5/20/2024
No, that ChatGPT voice is not Scarlett Johansson, stop asking. In fact, that voice is going away. What does it mean if OpenAI’s entire superalignment team has gone away? Is Apple News+ the partner publishers have been waiting for? And if you want to be a digital nomad, you’ve got a lot of options these days. Sponsors: Pivotal PodcastTo access The Washington Post for just 50 cents per week, head to WashingtonPost.com/ride Links: OpenAI to Pull Johansson Soundalike Sky’s Voice From ChatGPTWhat We Lose When ChatGPT Sounds Like Scarlett JohanssonApple Needs to Evolve to Compete in the Artificial Intelligence EraOpenAI’s Long-Term AI Risk Team Has DisbandedAs clicks dry up for news sites, could Apple’s news app be a lifeline?Countries wooing corporate digital nomads hope to make them stay See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

Duration:00:15:49

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Fri. 05/17 – Reddit Embraces Its AI Role

5/17/2024
As telegraphed for the last year, Reddit is going all in on being an all you can eat buffet for AI companies. Will new batteries give iPhones longer battery life like I want, or will they just make the phones thinner? A subtle but important improvement to ChatGPT and in the Longreads, a deep dive into what happened at Cruise. Links: OpenAI strikes deal to bring Reddit content to ChatGPTOpenAI strikes Reddit deal to train its AI on your postsGrand Theft Auto VI is launching in fall 2025iPhone 16 Pro Max to get new battery that could last longerChatGPT now lets you import files directly from Google Drive, Microsoft OneDriveTwitter is officially X.com now Weekend Longreads Suggestions: In a single night, self-driving startup Cruise went from sizzling startup to cautionary tale. Here’s what really happened—and how GM is scrambling to save its $10B betHow cuddly robots could change dementia careWhere Did All The Stocks Go?See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

Duration:00:17:36

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Thu. 05/16 – Instagram Founder To Anthropic

5/16/2024
Some AI companies want to go after web search. But by hiring an Instagram founder, is Anthropic going in a social or app direction? Will AI kill the carbon neutral ambitions of the major tech players? Will tech companies now have to onshore EMPLOYEES from China? And Netflix with ads? Definitely working. Links: EU launches probe into Meta over social media addiction in childrenInstagram’s co-founder is Anthropic’s new chief product officerAndroid will be able to detect if your phone has been snatchedMicrosoft’s AI Push Imperils Climate Goal as Carbon Emissions Jump 30%Microsoft Asks Hundreds of China-Based AI Staff to Consider Relocating Amid U.S.-China TensionsStability AI, Facing Cash Crunch, Discusses SaleNetflix ad-supported tier has 40 million monthly users, nearly double previous count See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

Duration:00:15:28

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Wed. 05/15 – Google’s I/O Announces.

5/15/2024
All the announces from Google’s massive I/O event yesterday, including, yes, generative AI summaries are fully coming to Google Search. Plus, the camera-based AI system they teased that looks really cool. Ilya Sutskever officially leaves OpenAI. And is crypto the only place left where you can raise a billion-dollar seed round? Sponsors: Lumen.me code RIDE for $100 off Links: Google rolls out AI Overviews in US with more countries coming soonCan Google Give A.I. Answers Without Breaking the Web?Google's Project Astra uses your phone's camera and AI to find noise makers, misplaced items and more.OpenAI co-founder Ilya Sutskever says he will leave the startupTikTok creators sue U.S. government over potential banHumanity Protocol Becomes Crypto’s New Digital Identity UnicornSee Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

Duration:00:15:37

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Tue. 05/14 – GPT-4o

5/14/2024
OpenAI unveils GPT-4o which makes Siri look like the technical cul-de-sac it very much is. But what does it mean that this was NOT GPT-5? What does it mean for the gaming industry that the PS5 might be underperforming? More streaming bundles. And the 2024 iPad refresh reviews. Sponsors: YahooFinance.comConstantContact.com Links: OpenAI debuts GPT-4o ‘omni’ model now powering ChatGPTOpenAI debuts new model with enhanced real-time voice abilitiesTom Warren's PS5 sales TweetComcast to Launch Peacock, Netflix and Apple TV+ Bundle at a ‘Vastly Reduced Price’The new Apple iPad Air is great — but it’s not the one to getApple iPad Pro (2024) review: the best kind of overkillSee Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

Duration:00:16:43

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Mon. 05/13 – The Solar Storm Is Real (Ask Farmers)

5/13/2024
Well, looks like my worries about solar weather being a threat to technology wasn’t just in my head. Ask farmers. Squarespace to go private. Raspberry Pi to go public? Waymo is setting some impressive records. And the new type of deal Apple and the other streamers want to offer Hollywood. Sponsors: ArcticWolf.com/techmemeShopify.com/ride Links: Solar Storm Knocks Out Farmers' Tractor GPS Systems During Peak Planting SeasonWebsite-design firm Squarespace to go private in $6.9 billion deal with PermiraBritish tech firm Raspberry Pi lines up £500m floatMicrosoft set to face EU competition charges over Teams softwareGoogle’s Waymo Crosses 50,000 Paid Driverless Rides Per WeekApple Nears Deal With OpenAI to Put ChatGPT on iPhoneApple, Netflix Amazon Want to Change How They Pay Hollywood StarsSee Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

Duration:00:16:46

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Fri. 05/10 – Apple Apologizes For The “Crush” Ad

5/10/2024
Well that was fast. Apple apologized for the “Crush” Ad, saying they missed the mark on that one. Microsoft is launching a mobile game app store. Elevenlabs is getting into the music generating game. And of course, the Weekend Longreads Suggestions. Links: Apple apologizes for iPad ‘Crush’ ad that ‘missed the mark’Apple doesn’t understand why you use technologyMicrosoft Plans Mobile-Game Store, Vying With Apple, GoogleApple to Power AI Tools With In-House Server Chips This YearElevenLabs previews music-generating AI model Weekend Longreads Suggestions: Tim Cook Can’t Run Apple Forever. Who’s Next?World’s Biggest Construction Project Gets a Reality CheckSee Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

Duration:00:16:17

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Thu. 05/09 – The Weird Apple Ad Backlash

5/9/2024
AlphaFold 3 is a new AI model to predict interactions and structures of proteins, the better to cure diseases and create medicine with. More cuts in Microsoft gaming. The community backlash erupting over at Stack Overflow. And that really weirdly tone deaf Apple commercial that has everyone so upset. Links: Google DeepMind unveils AI model for living cellsMicrosoft’s Xbox Is Planning More Cuts After Studio ClosingsStack Overflow bans users en masse for rebelling against OpenAI partnership — users banned for deleting answers to prevent them being used to train ChatGPTAlphabet Progressing in Talks to Buy HubSpot, Sources SayThat Weird Apple Ad "Crush!"See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

Duration:00:16:22

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Wed. 05/08 – Bethesda Bloodbath

5/8/2024
Multiple Bethesda studios are being shut down by Xbox and gamers are worried. The new Pixel phone announcement yesterday that probably nobody heard about. What if OpenAI decides to go after web search? And the surprising fact that FTX investors could be made whole, and then some. With interest! Links: Microsoft Closes Redfall Developer Arkane Austin, Hi-Fi Rush Developer Tango Gameworks, and More in Devastating Cuts at BethesdaUS revokes licences for supply of chips to China’s HuaweiExclusive: In Tesla Autopilot probe, US prosecutors focus on securities, wire fraudGoogle’s New $500 Pixel 8A Smartphone Will Get 7 Years of Software UpdatesOpenAI Is Readying a Search Product to Rival Google, PerplexityTikTok Sues U.S. Government Over Law Forcing Sale or BanFTX Has Billions More Than Needed to Pay Bankruptcy VictimsSee Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

Duration:00:16:32

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Tue. 05/07 – The Spring Apple Event

5/7/2024
All the headlines from today’s Spring Apple event. New iPads? M4 chip? I don’t actually know cause I’m recording this bit beforehand. I can tell you Apple might make its own server chips tho. Nintendo has outlined plans to replace the Switch. And Microsoft is training its own high-end LLM, separate from OpenAI. Links: Apple Is Developing AI Chips for Data Centers, Seeking Edge in Arms RaceNintendo Teases Long-Awaited Switch Successor as Profit SlidesMeet MAI-1: Microsoft Readies New AI Model to Compete With Google, OpenAIAmazon’s Delivery Drones Won’t Fly in Arizona’s Summer HeatChina hacked Ministry of Defence, Sky News learnsSee Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

Duration:00:16:35

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Mon. 05/06 – AI Generated Books, Music Videos And… Fighter Pilots?

5/6/2024
Jack Dorsey abandoned Twitter and now he’s abandoned Bluesky as well. YouTube rolls out Jump Ahead. Threads launches post quote controls. More than 40 thousand books on Audible are now voiced by AI. The Air Force is planning more than a thousand AI fighter jets by the end of the decade. And if you’re listening to this on Apple Podcasts, please listen to the end for an important announcement. Sponsors: 1Password.com/rideMackWeldon.com promocode: ride Links: Jack Dorsey departs Bluesky boardYouTube's AI-powered 'Jump Ahead' feature rolling out widely to Premium usersFarewell, dunks? Threads launches quote controls for all usersAI-Voiced Audiobooks Top 40,000 Titles on AudibleAn AI-controlled fighter jet took the Air Force leader for a historic ride. What that means for warHugging Face launches LeRobot open source robotics code libraryWashed Out’s new music video was created with AI. Is it a watershed moment for Sora?See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

Duration:00:15:42

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Fri. 05/03 – Apple Earnings Underline Their Predicament

5/3/2024
Apple earnings are out and revenue was down almost everywhere. Boy, AI can’t come fast enough for them. Did you know you can send Bluetooth signals to satellites in space? The full Rabbit R1 reviews turned out exactly how we expected. And, of course, the Weekend Longreads suggestions. Links: Apple Sales Fall as iPhone, China Businesses Remain SluggishFDA Qualifies Apple’s AFib History feature as an MDDTHubble Network makes Bluetooth connection with a satellite for the first timeCoinbase’s First-Quarter Profit, Revenue Top ForecastsRabbit R1 review: nothing to see here Weekend Longreads Suggestions: The Revenge of the Home PageNick Bostrom Made the World Fear AI. Now He Asks: What if It Fixes Everything?See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

Duration:00:16:05

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Thu. 05/02 – TikTok Can Jam Again

5/2/2024
The music is back on TikTok with a new deal struck. Maybe a third of Americans were affected by that Change Healthcare hack. Why are companies suddenly cutting teams you’d think would be sacred cows? Airbnb wants you to stay in the house from the movie Up. And we finally know just how much Google pays Apple for the search default in iOS. Sponsors: Kolide.com/ride Links: TikTok and Universal Music Group Settle Royalty Dispute With New Licensing AgreementUnitedHealthcare CEO says ‘maybe a third’ of US citizens were affected by recent hackUnitedHealth CEO tells lawmakers the company paid hackers a $22 million ransomGoogle lays off hundreds of ‘Core’ employees, moves some positions to India and MexicoAmazon-backed Anthropic launches iPhone app and business tier to compete with OpenAI’s ChatGPT In Latest Stunt, Airbnb Lists the ‘Up’ House. It Floats.Google’s Payments to Apple Reached $20 Billion in 2022, Antitrust Court Documents ShowMicrosoft Concern Over Google’s Lead Drove OpenAI InvestmentSee Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

Duration:00:16:22

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Wed. 05/01 – An Elon Catchup

5/1/2024
Binance founder CZ looks like he’s heading to jail too, but for way less time than SBF. Is the Rabbit R1 just a fancy device for a glorified Android app? Has OpenAI floated a secret pre-release of GPT5? And finally, so much has happened, I decided we had to do an omnibus catch up with what’s going on in the world of Elon. Links: Binance founder Changpeng Zhao sentenced to four months in prisonRabbit R1, a thing that should just be an app, actually is just an Android app (Updated)Powerful New Chatbot Disappears as Mysteriously as It ArrivedTesla conducting more layoffs, including entire Supercharger teamSee Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

Duration:00:16:20

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Tue. 04/30 – Underbaked Hardware Releases

4/30/2024
The FCC has fined all the major telecom companies. You’ll never guess why. Why the DMA actions from the EU might be a constant thing. Devs, how about an AI-powered IDE? You’ll never guess why Peacock thinks it can raise prices again. And is Marquess Brownlee right about underbaked hardware releases? Sponsors: ZocDoc.com/techmemeConstantContact.com Links: FCC fines AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, and Verizon nearly $200 million for illegally sharing location dataMeta Risks EU Fines Over Kremlin Lies on Facebook, InstagramHow an empty S3 bucket can make your AWS bill explodeCopilot Workspace is GitHub’s take on AI-powered software engineeringPeacock Hikes Subscription Prices Ahead of 2024 Paris OlympicsRabbit R1 ReviewMarques Brownlee slams another AI product as “barely reviewable” after Humane AI Pin controversy See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

Duration:00:16:59

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Mon. 04/29 – AI Strategies

4/29/2024
Apple continues discussions with folks to partner for AI product. Will the upcoming iPad event kick off Apple’s AI strategy? Why does spending on AI seem to work for Google and Microsoft but not for Meta? Why were a bunch of Apple users signed out of their accounts this weekend? And has AI already ruined Meta’s family of apps? Sponsors: CutsClothing.com/RIDE, promocode RIDE for 20% offYahooFinance.com Links: Apple Intensifies Talks With OpenAI for iPhone Generative AI FeaturesApple Rivals Retool to Challenge the iPhone and Vision ProInvestors Cheer AI Spending Boom in Big Tech—Just Not at MetaThe Financial Times and OpenAI strike content licensing dealApple users are being locked out of their Apple IDs with no explanationAI is making Meta's apps basically unusableSee Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

Duration:00:16:34

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Fri. 04/26 – Net Neutrality Is Back

4/26/2024
Net Neutrality has been voted back into existence. Earnings from Microsoft and Google, but it’s the YouTube numbers that continue to impress me. ByteDance claims it would rather be banned than sell US TikTok. The Onion finds a benevolent billionaire. And, of course, the Weekend Longreads Suggestions. Links: F.C.C. Votes to Restore Net Neutrality RulesGoogle parent announces first-ever dividend; beats on sales, profit; shares soarOpenAI’s Sam Altman and Other Tech Leaders to Serve on AI Safety BoardExclusive: ByteDance prefers TikTok shutdown in US if legal options fail, sources sayThe Onion Is Sold by G/O Media Weekend Longreads Suggestions: The Chips Act has been surprisingly successful so farWhy You Can’t Get a Restaurant ReservationSee Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

Duration:00:16:08

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Thu. 04/25 – Zuck Is Disappointing Wall Street Again

4/25/2024
Meta’s earnings were fine, but it’s what Zuck warned about spending that has Wall Street nervous. Sub 2nm chips are on their way. An AI startup has a big new raise after its big raise just a month ago. Google Meet lets you jump devices. And the first reviews of the Rabbit R1 are out. Links: Zuckerberg Asks for Patience as Meta’s AI Push Spooks MarketZuckerberg says it will take Meta years to make money from generative AITSMC aims to produce ultra-advanced 1.6-nm chips by 2026Six-Month-Old AI Coding Startup Valued at $2 Billion by Founders FundGoogle Meet will let you transfer calls between web and phone with ‘Switch here’A morning with the Rabbit R1: a fun, funky, unfinished AI gadgetRabbit R1 hands-on: Already more fun and accessible than the Humane AI PinRabbit’s R1 is a little AI gadget that grows on you First Ones videos on YouTube See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

Duration:00:16:01

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Wed. 04/24 – What Now For TikTok?

4/24/2024
The TikTok divestment bill has probably already been signed into law. What happens now? What are the legal arguments that this thing can stick? What about things like, you know, the First Amendment? Also, ads in Windows? Time to take Meta’s RayBan smartglasses seriously? And what it’s like to use AI inside of Instagram. Links: Senate passes TikTok ban bill, sending it to President Biden’s deskTikTok Ban Looms With Biden Poised to Start 270-Day CountdownHow the TikTok ban could survive a court challengeWindows 11 Start menu ads are now rolling out to everyoneThe Ray-Ban Meta Smart Glasses get video calling, Apple Music, and a new styleMeta’s A.I. Assistant Is Fun to Use, but It Can’t Be Trusted "First Ones" YouTube Videos See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

Duration:00:15:25