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🤔 Vladimir Putin called Elon Musk 'outstanding' and 'talented'
📱 Comprehensive roundup of Apple's iPhone 15 event
🎵 Stability AI launches an AI-powered music generator
🐦 Bluesky officially hits 1 million users
💸 DOJ claims Google pays over $10B yearly to keep search monopoly
🚪 Binance US CEO quits as embattled crypto platform slashes one-third of staff

🤔 Vladimir Putin called Elon Musk 'outstanding' and 'talented'LINK

  • Vladimir Putin praised Elon Musk for being an "outstanding" and "talented" businessman during the Eastern Economic Forum.
  • Elon Musk confirmed that he denied a Ukrainian request to use Starlink satellites for a drone attack on Russia, as revealed in his new biography by Walter Isaacson.
  • Musk's rejection of Ukraine's request for aid helped prevent a potential act of war and escalation of conflict between Ukraine and Russia.
  • 📱 Comprehensive roundup of Apple's iPhone 15 eventLINK

  • Apple introduces iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Plus with new contour edge, advanced camera system, and the powerful A17 Pro chip.
  • The Apple Watch Series 9 and updated Apple Watch Ultra are revealed, featuring the fast S9 chip, improved dictation, and new features such as Double Tap and Name Drop.
  • Apple adopts USB-C connectors for iPhone and AirPods, enhancing compatibility, and announces iOS 17 as a free software update.
  • 🎵 Stability AI launches an AI-powered music generatorLINK

  • Stability AI has announced the launch of Stable Audio, a technology that enables users to generate short audio clips using simple text prompts, an expansion of their previous capabilities in image and code generation.
  • Based on similar AI techniques to their Stable Diffusion image-creating technology, Stable Audio was trained on over 800,000 pieces of licensed music and can generate music beyond repetitive midi and symbolic generation, instead working directly with raw audio samples for higher quality output.
  • Stable Audio will be available for free, allowing up to 20 generations per month of 20 second tracks, and also in a $12/month Pro plan that accommodates 500 generations and 90 second tracks.
  • 🐦 Bluesky officially hits 1 million usersLINK

  • Bluesky, a decentralized social network funded by Twitter, has reached 1 million users, most of whom downloaded its app in July.
  • Users need invite codes to join Bluesky, and the platform allows users to customize their timelines and offers a paid domain service for identity verification.
  • Although still not open to the public, Bluesky's growth is notably slower compared to Meta's Threads, which gained 100 million users a week after its release.
  • 💸 DOJ claims Google pays over $10B yearly to keep search monopolyLINK

  • The U.S. government and Google have begun a 10-week trial to determine if Google used illegal agreements to maintain a monopoly in online search.
  • The Justice Department alleges that Google paid $10 billion annually to companies like Apple to ensure it was the default search provider, cutting out competition.
  • If found guilty, Google could face major changes to its business practices, while a win could embolden Silicon Valley against regulators.
  • 🚪 Binance US CEO quits as embattled crypto platform slashes one-third of staffLINK

  • Binance.US CEO Brian Shroder has resigned amidst differing legal and operational challenges, replaced temporarily by Chief Legal Officer Norman Reed.
  • The crypto trading platform, controlled by entrepreneur Changpeng Zhao, is reducing its workforce by one third due to regulatory issues affecting its business.
  • Binance.US's market share has plummeted as customers face difficulties in depositing or withdrawing dollars, leading to a drop in trading volume.
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