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  1. Hanno Labuschagne

    Google paying hefty price to keep search engine default on Safari

    Google paying hefty price to keep search engine default on Safari Alphabet Inc. paid Apple Inc. $20 billion in 2022 (R327.48 billion at that year's average exchange rate) for Google to be the default search engine in the Safari browser, according to newly unsealed court documents in the Justice...
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    Adobe paying for videos to train AI generator — from around $3 per minute

    Adobe paying for videos to train AI generator — from around $3 per minute Adobe Inc. has begun to procure videos to build its artificial intelligence text-to-video generator, trying to catch up to competitors after OpenAI demonstrated a similar technology. The software company is offering its...
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    Google purging browsing data collected in Incognito Mode

    Google purging browsing data collected in Incognito Mode Google said it would delete millions of records of users’ browsing activities as part of a settlement of a class-action lawsuit that alleged it tracked people without their knowledge. The case, filed in 2020, alleged the Alphabet Inc...
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    Amazon splurging another R52 billion on AI startup Anthropic

    Amazon splurging another R52 billion on AI startup Anthropic Amazon.com Inc. says it’s investing an additional $2.75 billion (R52.01 billion) in Anthropic, completing a deal it made last year to back the artificial intelligence startup and expand a partnership between the companies. The...
  5. Tsepz_GP

    Apple in talks to let Google's Gemini power iPhone AI features

    This will be huge if true, Google AI with Apple A series chips will be truly something… https://www.reuters.com/technology/apple-talks-let-googles-gemini-power-iphone-ai-features-bloomberg-news-says-2024-03-18/
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    Former Google engineer charged with stealing trade secrets

    Former Google engineer charged with stealing trade secrets A Chinese software engineer working for Alphabet Inc.’s Google was charged by the US Justice Department with stealing trade secrets for developing artificial intelligence (AI) from the company’s supercomputing data centres. Linwei...
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    Sergey Brin sued over plane crash

    Sergey Brin sued over plane crash Google co-founder Sergey Brin is facing a wrongful-death suit in California from the widow of the pilot who was flying one of the billionaire’s planes from Santa Rosa to his private island in Fiji last year when it crashed into the Pacific Ocean. The suit...
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    OpenAI developing own search engine — The Information

    OpenAI developing own search engine — The Information Alphabet Inc. sank after a report that ChatGPT owner OpenAI is developing a web search product that would compete with Google. OpenAI’s service would be partly powered by Microsoft Corp.’s Bing search engine, the Information reported...
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    Nvidia jumps past Amazon and Alphabet in market value

    Nvidia jumps past Amazon and Alphabet in market value There seems to be no stopping Nvidia Corp.’s scorching rally. The day after surpassing the market value of Amazon.com Inc., the chip giant has now overtaken Alphabet Inc. as well. [Bloomberg]
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    Gemini Advanced is here. Get 2 months free.

    Google Bard has been rebranded to Gemini as of today. And the much anticipated Bard Advanced with Gemini Ultra has arrived, but as Gemini Advanced. https://gemini.google.com/ Unfortunately, it's only available on personal Google accounts and not Workspace accounts. You can get two months free...
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    Google laying off hundreds of staff

    Google laying off hundreds of staff Alphabet Inc.’s Google is laying off hundreds of staff working on its digital assistant, hardware and engineering teams, the company said as it continues its drive to cut costs. Among the affected workers are those working on the voice-based Google Assistant...
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    What R1,000 in biggest tech shares bought at start of 2023 would be worth now

    What R1,000 in biggest tech shares bought at start of 2023 would be worth now This year has been great for tech stock investors, with the share prices of companies like Nvidia, Meta Platforms, Tesla, and AMD all increasing by more than 100% between 3 January and 26 December 2023. MyBroadband...
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    Epic wins major case against Google Play Store

    Epic wins major case against Google Play Store Google lost an antitrust court fight to Fortnite maker Epic Games Inc. that threatens to upend the mobile app economy and could end up costing the technology giant billions of dollars in revenue. Google Play willfully wields monopoly power through...
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    Apple and Google sharing people's smartphone notification data with governments

    Apple and Google sharing people's smartphone notification data with governments Apple Inc. and Alphabet Inc.’s Google have been forced by foreign governments to provide users’ data from notifications they get on their devices, according to a US lawmaker, drawing attention to a new privacy...
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    McDonald's workers getting Google-powered AI chatbot for assistance with daily tasks

    McDonald's workers getting Google-powered AI chatbot for assistance with daily tasks McDonald’s Corp. is turning to Alphabet Inc.’s Google to build out a chatbot that will help its army of restaurant workers get quick answers on questions like how to clean an ice cream machine. Called “Ask...
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    36% of Google Search revenue on Safari goes to Apple

    36% of Google Search revenue on Safari goes to Apple Google pays Apple Inc. 36% of the revenue it earns from search advertising made through the Safari browser, the main economics expert for the Alphabet Inc. unit said Monday. Kevin Murphy, a University of Chicago professor, disclosed the...
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    Samsung got R150 billion to make Google Search and Play Store default on Galaxy devices

    Samsung got R150 billion to make Google Search and Play Store default on Galaxy devices Google agreed to pay $8 billion (R149.84 billion) over four years to Samsung Electronics Co. to make its search engine, voice assistant and Play Store the default on the company’s mobile devices, according...
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    Sundar Pichai denies deleting evidence in major antitrust case

    Sundar Pichai denies deleting evidence in major antitrust case Google chief executive officer Sundar Pichai sought to defend himself against US government accusations that he has encouraged internal communications to be hidden from enforcers scrutinising the company for antitrust violations...
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    Google Meet getting skin smoothing and eye whitening

    Google adding skin smoothing and eye whitening features to Meet Google is rolling out portrait touch-up modes for Google Meet users on mobile devices, including skin smoothing and eye whitening. According to the tech giant, portrait touch-up features have been highly requested by Google Meet...
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    Baidu says Ernie chatbot is on par with ChatGPT

    Baidu says Ernie chatbot is on par with ChatGPT Baidu Inc.’s founder Robin Li declared his company’s large language model has finally caught up with OpenAI’s advanced GPT-4, claiming the lead in his country’s race to develop AI that can rival the US. The billionaire took the stage in Beijing...
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