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🤖 ChatGPT gets a big upgrade
🇪🇺 Meta introduces ad-free plans for Instagram, Facebook in Europe
💸 X posts with misinformation are no longer eligible for ad revenue sharing
🎣 Email phishing attacks up 1,265% since ChatGPT launched
🐭 Scientists grow mouse embryos in space for the first time

🤖 ChatGPT gets a big upgradeLINK

  • OpenAI has introduced new beta features for ChatGPT Plus members, including the ability to upload files for analysis and support for multimodal inputs without manually selecting modes.
  • The update extends some office features of the ChatGPT Enterprise plan to individual subscribers, such as Advanced Data Analysis, which allows for summarizing data and creating visualizations.
  • Users have showcased the updated capabilities by uploading images and instructing ChatGPT to transform them, including creating a Pixar-style rendition of a capybara and whimsically adding a hat to a skateboard image.
  • 🇪🇺 Meta introduces ad-free plans for Instagram, Facebook in EuropeLINK

  • Meta Platforms announced a new subscription plan for European users that allows ad-free usage of Facebook and Instagram, a move towards complying with EU regulations.
  • The monthly subscription plans will cost 9.99 euros for web users, and 12.99 euros for iOS and Android users.
  • This approach is aimed at preserving Meta's ad business by offering a free ad-supported plan, alongside the ad-free subscription, rather than sending targeted ads without user consent.
  • 💸 X posts with misinformation are no longer eligible for ad revenue sharingLINK

  • Elon Musk announced that creators whose posts have been corrected under the Community Notes fact-checking program on X will not be able to receive ad revenue share.
  • The move aims to incentivize accuracy and discourage sensationalism, with Musk warning against any misuse of Community Notes to wrongfully demonetize users.
  • These changes come after recent criticism of X's handling of misinformation, particularly concerning the Israel-Hamas war, and amidst claims that the platform is being exploited by disseminators of false information.
  • 🎣 Email phishing attacks up 1,265% since ChatGPT launchedLINK

  • According to cybersecurity firm SlashNext, phishing emails have experienced a 1,265% increase since the launch of ChatGPT, with cyber criminals exploring novel ways to exploit AI technology.
  • SlashNext reports that 68% of all phishing attacks are now text-based business email compromises, with cybercriminals utilizing AI tools like ChatGPT to create more sophisticated, targeted attacks.
  • As AI is increasingly used for cybercrime, SlashNext CEO Patrick Harr suggests that cybersecurity professionals must also leverage AI technology to detect, block and prevent attacks.
  • 🐭 Scientists grow mouse embryos in space for the first timeLINK

  • Scientists successfully developed mouse embryos in space for the first time, illustrating potential for human reproduction off Earth.
  • The experiment, conducted aboard the International Space Station, revealed that microgravity does not significantly affect early stages of embryonic development.
  • Despite these promising results, more research must be conducted to understand the full impacts of space environments during the entire gestational process.
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