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🤖 Snapchat's AI chatbot creates unexpected chaos
🚫 X is slowing down links to rival websites
🔌 Intel cancels its $5.4 billion Tower Semiconductor deal
🤖 OpenAI says GPT-4 will revolutionize content moderation
🚗 GM invests for more affordable and efficient EV batteries

🤖 Snapchat's AI chatbot creates unexpected chaosLINK

  • Users were alarmed when Snapchat's AI chatbot seemingly posted a mysterious video on its Story, prompting some to delete the app.
  • Several users shared the video clip on social media, depicting a beige background with speculations about its meaning.
  • Snapchat's My AI chatbot faced a temporary outage, leaving users concerned about its behavior and prompting it to respond with technical issue messages.
  • 🚫 X is slowing down links to rival websitesLINK

  • Elon Musk's websites reportedly slow down links to websites he has criticized, causing noticeable delays in loading.
  • High-profile websites like The New York Times, Mastodon, and Substack are affected, with delays around 5 seconds, observed since August 4th.
  • Musk's personal grievances may be behind the delays, affecting websites he has attacked or competed with, leading to concerns about targeted pressure on news organizations.
  • 🔌 Intel cancels its $5.4 billion Tower Semiconductor dealLINK

  • Intel cancels $5.4 billion acquisition of Tower Semiconductor due to regulatory approval challenges, particularly in China.
  • Tower Semiconductor produces chips for various industries and focuses on reliable chip manufacturing for clients, including automakers and medical industries.
  • Intel aims to enhance its foundry business, compete with rivals like TSMC, and retain leadership in transistor performance and power by 2025.
  • 🤖 OpenAI says GPT-4 will revolutionize content moderationLINK

  • OpenAI proposes using GPT-4 integrated with a policy framework to revolutionize content moderation, aiming for consistent and efficient filtering.
  • This policy-oriented approach includes testing GPT-4's judgments against human decisions, refining policies, and addressing biases, while enhancing the system's capabilities.
  • Advantages include consistent labeling, faster response to policy changes, and alleviating the burden on human moderators, though challenges remain in bias management and refining the approach.
  • 🚗 GM invests for more affordable and efficient EV batteriesLINK

  • General Motors leads a $60 million Series B funding round into battery materials startup Mitra Chem to develop iron-based cathode active materials for more affordable and sustainable EV batteries.
  • This investment aligns with GM's commitment to establish a U.S.-focused battery supply chain and supports its Ultium electric platform, aiming to lower costs and promote EV adoption.
  • Mitra Chem employs AI to accelerate battery cell formulation and cathode synthesis, using simulations and machine learning models to enhance efficiency and sustainability in battery production.
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    X (formerly Twitter) has started charging users for access to TweetDeck (now X Pro) as part of the X Premium subscription, costing $84/year, offering features like customized feeds and a blue checkmark.LINK

    The founder of Centricity, a data analytics firm using AI, is indicted for defrauding investors by manipulating financial data.LINK

    Tesla's Model Y became the best-selling car in Europe, outperforming combustion engine cars, driven by aggressive price cuts and local production in Germany.LINK

    Neuroscientists from UC Berkeley decoded brain signals of patients listening to Pink Floyd's song 'Another Brick in the Wall,' reconstructing the song's rhythm and lyrics, marking a significant step in brain-computer interface technology.LINK


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