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    (Bonus) Building An AI Product With Uptech

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 30, 2023 33:15

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    Fri. 09/29 – Could Apple Have Bought Bing?

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 29, 2023 15:45

    What if Apple had bought Bing and turned it into its own search engine? Why did France's competition authority raid, we believe, Nvidia's offices? Big layoffs and peel offs from Epic shows that the gaming industry is still hurting. And of course, the Weekend Longreads Suggestions.Sponsors:EarnIn App, enter Techmeme under enter code ridehomeLinks:Microsoft Discussed Selling Bing to Apple as Google Replacement (Bloomberg)Google adds a switch for publishers to opt out of becoming AI training data (The Verge)Nvidia's French Offices Raided in Cloud-Computing Antitrust Inquiry (WSJ)Epic Games cuts around 830 jobs (The Verge)Weekend Longreads SuggestionsThe new phone call etiquette: Text first and never leave a voice mail (Washington Post)Can FTX Be Revived—Without Sam Bankman-Fried? (Wired)Could ‘The Terminator' really happen? Experts assess Hollywood's visions of AI. (Washington Post)‘Nerfball' introduces Nerf's smartest foam yet — it detects dart impacts (The Verge)Netflix Prepares to Send Its Final Red Envelope (NYTimes)See Privacy Policy at and California Privacy Notice at

    Thu. 09/28 – Meta Connect

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 28, 2023 15:18

    The Meta Connect keynote was yesterday and they announced a bunch of stuff including AI chatbots, a new Quest 3, and the continuation of those Ray-Ban smart glasses that are actually getting kind of interesting. Looks like OpenAI is serious about working with Jony Ive. A big new open-source LLM available to download now. And the new Raspberry Pi and code RIDE for up to 40% and use code ride for 10% offLinks:Facebook and Instagram will soon get a slew of AI-powered creator tools (The Verge)Meta is putting AI chatbots everywhere (The Verge)Meta Rolls Out Higher-Priced Quest 3 Headset, Just Ahead of Apple's Vision Pro (Bloomberg)Meta's smart glasses can take calls, play music, and livestream from your face (The Verge)OpenAI and Jony Ive in talks to raise $1bn from SoftBank for AI device venture (FT)Mistral AI makes its first large language model free for everyone (TechCrunch)Elon Musk Wins US Space Force Contract for Starshield (Bloomberg)The Raspberry Pi 5 is finally here (The Verge)See Privacy Policy at and California Privacy Notice at

    Wed. 09/27 – The Big Amazon Lawsuit

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 27, 2023 16:40

    The big FTC-led lawsuit against Amazon is live. Is Jony Ive working with OpenAI to create an AI hardware product? OpenAI might soon be 3x-ing its private valuation. What the writers won from Hollywood. And what it's actually like to ride in the only street-legal Level 3 autonomous and promocode techmemeCrucibleMoments.comLinks:FTC and 17 states sue Amazon on antitrust charges (CNBC)Designer Jony Ive and OpenAI's Sam Altman Discuss AI Hardware Project (The Information)OpenAI Seeks New Valuation of Up to $90 Billion in Sale of Existing Shares (WSJ)The iPhone 15 Pro series overheating issues are unrelated to TSMC's advanced 3nm node / iPhone 15 Pro (Ming-Chi Kuo)The new WGA contract will change how Hollywood works (The Verge)Hollywood Studios Can Train AI Models on Writers' Work Under Tentative Deal (WSJ)We put our blind faith in Mercedes-Benz's first-of-its-kind autonomous Drive Pilot feature (The Verge)See Privacy Policy at and California Privacy Notice at

    Tue. 09/26 – Spotify Pumps Up The Jam

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 26, 2023 16:20

    Spotify's new Jam product is kind of the coolest new feature I've heard in a while. Looks like the FCC is bringing net neutrality back. Google discontinues some products. New drone reviews and a new drone that either will eliminate police chases… or bring on the panopticon.Sponsors:Skip the waitlist and invest in blue-chip art for the very first time by signing up for Masterworks: .Purchase shares in great masterpieces from artists like Pablo Picasso, Banksy, Andy Warhol, and more. See important Masterworks disclosures: launches Jam, a real-time collaborative playlist controlled by up to 32 people (TechCrunch)Coinbase Role in Crypto Firm Celsius's Bankruptcy Plan Questioned by SEC (Bloomberg)FCC Aims to Reinstate Net Neutrality Rules After US Democrats Gain Control of Panel (Bloomberg)Google killing Basic HTML version of Gmail In January 2024 (The Register)Not just a Pixel thing: iPhone 15 series users are also reporting heating issues (Android Authority)DJI Mini 4 Pro review: The best lightweight drone gains more power and smarts (Engadget)This New Autonomous Drone for Cops Can Track You in the Dark (Wired)See Privacy Policy at and California Privacy Notice at

    Mon. 09/25 – Amazon Makes A Big Bet On Anthropic

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 25, 2023 18:01

    Amazon makes a big bet on Anthropic. A big DeFi hack. The US government is weighing a sort of “know your customer” rule for big cloud providers. OpenAI has rolled out some cool new ways to interact with their AI. And why the number of smartphone brands around the world has basically collapsed.Sponsored:NPR Planet and code: rideLinks:Amazon to invest up to $4bn in AI start-up Anthropic (Financial Times)Defi Project Mixin Network Suspends Services After $200 Million Crypto Hack (Bloomberg)Booking to appeal after EU vetoes $1.7 bln ETraveli deal (Reuters)White House could force cloud companies to disclose AI customers (Semafor)You can now prompt ChatGPT with pictures and voice commands (The Verge)WGA and the studios reach tentative deal to end writers' strike (Los Angeles Times)Nearly 500 Brands Exited Smartphone Market During 2017-2023 (Counterpoint)See Privacy Policy at and California Privacy Notice at

    (Portfolio Profile) Play

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 23, 2023 29:04

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    Fri. 09/22 – Microsoft… Wins?

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 22, 2023 16:13

    The UK CMA looks like it's folding, so the Microsoft/Activision acquisition can go through now? YouTube unveils some cool AI tools. Amazon is adding ads to Prime Video and raising the price. And, of course, the weekend longreads and code rideLinks:Microsoft's Activision Deal Set to Clear Final UK Hurdle (Bloomberg)Apple emergency updates fix 3 new zero-days exploited in attacks (BleepingComputer)YouTube to add AI creator tools to find music for videos, add dubs (TechCrunch)YouTube Shorts to gain a generative AI feature called Dream Screen (TechCrunch)Amazon to Run Ads on Prime Video in Key Markets Starting in 2024 (Bloomberg)Weekend Longreads Suggestions:Amazon's rumored home projector can turn anything into a screen (The Verge)The Physical Process That Powers a New Type of Generative AI (Quanta)Unraveling The AI-Generated Spiral Art Phenomenon (NFTNow)The Early Days of American English (Lapham's Quarterly)See Privacy Policy at and California Privacy Notice at

    Thu. 09/21 – The Microsoft And Amazon Fall Events

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 21, 2023 16:13

    All the headlines from the Microsoft Fall event. The Amazon Fall event. OpenAI teasing DALL-E 3. And one more review of a recent Apple product, and for the first time in a long time, the consensus seems to be it's hot unveils unified Copilot that extends across Bing, Edge, and Windows (Windows Central)The Surface Laptop Go 3 starts at $799 and arrives on October 3 (Engadget)Microsoft announces the Surface Laptop Studio 2 with upgraded chips and ports (The Verge)The Surface Go 4 comes with a much-needed performance boost (The Verge)All the biggest announcements from Amazon's September 2023 product launch event (The Verge)Amazon brings generative AI to Alexa (TechCrunch)OpenAI releases third version of DALL-E (The Verge)The new FineWoven iPhone cases are very bad (The Verge)See Privacy Policy at and California Privacy Notice at

    Wed. 09/20 – Even AI Could Benefit From An Encouraging Word

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 20, 2023 15:27

    The UK looks like it's going to make that Online Safety Bill into law. Instacart closed up, but Arm has been trending down on the markets. Could Apple really have considered getting into the stock trading game? Is the iPad finally getting a WhatsApp app? And what if you could get AI to perform better simply by giving it gentle words of opens new chapter in digital regulation as parliament passes Online Safety Bill (TechCrunch)Instacart closes up 12% in Nasdaq debut, after first-day rally sputters (CNBC)Apple and Goldman were planning stock-trading feature for iPhones until markets turned last year (CNBC)WhatsApp appears to be about to launch its long-overdue iPad app (The Verge)Musk's Neuralink to start human trial of brain implant for paralysis patients (Reuters)Telling AI model to “take a deep breath” causes math scores to soar in study (ArsTechnica)See Privacy Policy at and California Privacy Notice at

    Tue. 09/19 – Bunch Of Microsoft Roadmaps Leak

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 19, 2023 14:54

    Bunch of internal Microsoft documents have leaked, so now we know the new Xbox that is coming next year, and their full gaming roadmap which includes “convergence” by 2028. Microsoft's Chief Product Officer looks like he might take over Alexa. Google sets Bard loose on your Gmail. And what's new in those new OS releases from's Xbox plans revealed in emails tied to FTC case (NBCNews)Microsoft's next Xbox, coming 2028, envisions hybrid computing (The Verge)Amazon Is Poised to Hire Departing Microsoft Product Chief (Bloomberg)Google's Bard chatbot can now find answers in your Gmail, Docs, Drive (The Verge)iOS 17 is a lot of little updates that make a big impact (The Verge)watchOS 10 preview: widgets all the way down (The Verge)See Privacy Policy at and California Privacy Notice at

    Mon. 09/18 – Streaming Has Changed How Music Sounds

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 18, 2023 16:46

    Google won't support screen repairs on your watch but will extend support of Chromebooks. How Spotify and other streamers have changed the way music sounds. And the software update coming to AirPods that might change the way you won't repair cracked Pixel Watch screens (The Verge)Google Extends Lifespan of Chromebooks With 10-Year Update Policy (WSJ)How the Lazarus Group is stepping up crypto hacks and changing its tactics (Elliptic)AI Startup Writer Raises $100 Million to Pen Corporate Content (Bloomberg)Streaming Is Changing the Sound of Music (WSJ)Apple's AirPods Pro just got much better — no matter what port is on the case (The Verge)See Privacy Policy at and California Privacy Notice at

    Fri. 09/15 – Maybe Don't Have AI Write Obituaries

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 15, 2023 16:57

    Big fine in Europe of TikTok. Apple thinks it can fix that iPhone radiation issue with a software update. The whole Unity controversy has gotten crazy. Maybe it's a bad idea to have AI write obituaries. And, of course, the Weekend Longreads Suggestions.Links:TikTok fined $379M in EU for failing to keep kids' data safe (TechCrunch)Apple moves to defuse French iPhone 12 dispute as EU scrutiny steps up (Reuters)MGM hack followed failed bid to rig slot machines, ‘Scattered Spider' group claims (Financial Times)Video-Game Company Unity Closes Offices Following Death Threat (Bloomberg)Microsoft Publishes Garbled AI Article Calling Tragically Deceased NBA Player "Useless" (Futurism)Weekend Longreads Suggestions:Startup That Lets You Instantly Talk in Foreign Language Targets a Nasdaq IPO at $1 Billion Value (Bloomberg)From $1 Billion to Almost Worthless: FaZe Clan Runs Out of Hype (Bloomberg)The Pumpkin Spice Latte just turned 20. This is how we got here. (Washington Post)See Privacy Policy at and California Privacy Notice at

    Thu. 09/14 – Ocean's Eleven-Style Hacks

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 14, 2023 16:43

    Arm's IPO is happening as I record these words. Vegas and the casino industry in general seem to be the target of some widescale cyberattacks. Unity acknowledges people's ire about their proposed pricing change. And the wildest new laptop design you can buy, but you're gonna need a bigger wallet.Links:Chip giant Arm raises nearly $5 billion in year's largest IPO (Axios)Inside The Ransomware Attack That Shut Down MGM Resorts (Forbes)Caesars Entertainment Paid Millions to Hackers in Attack (Bloomberg)Judge Allows Bankrupt FTX to Sell Its Crypto Holdings, Including BTC and SOL (CoinDesk)Unity Acknowledges 'Confusion and Frustration' Among Developers But Won't Walk Back Install Fee Plan (IGN)The HP Spectre Fold is the world's thinnest 17-inch foldable PC (The Verge)HP's $5,000 Spectre Fold might be the best flexible-screen laptop yet (Engadget)See Privacy Policy at and California Privacy Notice at

    Wed. 09/13 – Unity Plays A Dangerous Game (Get It?)

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 13, 2023 16:52

    Unity has upset game developers across the world with new pricing changes. France has ordered Apple to stop selling the iPhone 12 over radiation concerns. Lots of extra drips and drabs from yesterday's iPhone event. And Stability AI gets into the generative music generation has introduced new fees that could have dire effects on the entire game industry, from indies to Xbox Game Pass (UPDATE) (Windows Central)Sony has launched a major PlayStation 5 system update (VGC)Apple disputes French findings, says iPhone 12 meets radiation rules (Reuters)Apple's iPhone 15 Pro Max Pushes Up the Price (WSJ)iPhone 15 Pro and Pro Max hands-on (The Verge)Adobe's Firefly generative AI models are now generally available, get pricing plans (TechCrunch)See Privacy Policy at and California Privacy Notice at

    Tue. 09/12 – The iPhone 15 Apple Event

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 12, 2023 16:08

    All the headlines from the iPhone event today at Apple HQ. Why is Meta blocking some basic terms on their new Threads search feature? TikTok Shop is rolling out broadly. And the US Copyright Office keeps knocking down copyright claims for AI generated Watch Series 9 Unveiled With S9 Chip, 'Double Tap' Gesture, and More (MacRumors)Apple announces new Apple Watch Ultra 2 (9to5Mac)Apple announces iPhone 15 with USB-C, a camera upgrade, and the Dynamic Island (The Verge)Apple iPhone 15 Pro and Pro Max announced with titanium bodies and an Action Button (The Verge)Thunderbolt 5 offers up to 3x the speed over Thunderbolt 4 (VideoCardz)Threads blocks searches related to covid and vaccines as cases rise (Washington Post)TikTok Popularizes Products. Can It Sell Them, Too? (NYTimes)US Copyright Office denies protection for another AI-created image (Reuters)See Privacy Policy at and California Privacy Notice at

    Mon. 09/11 – ChatGPT Is Thirsty

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 11, 2023 16:11

    The Instacart IPO is coming with a helluva haircut. Meta is planning a big new LLM trained on its own stuff. Some eye-watering details on how much water ChatGPT uses. If you don't do that AI tech, that doesn't mean someone else won't. And what tomorrow's iPhone event says as about Apple's high-end Sportsbook with code TECHMEME for $200 in bonus betsLinks:Instacart targets up to $9.3 bln valuation for much-awaited US IPO (Reuters)Meta Is Developing a New, More Powerful AI System as Technology Race Escalates (WSJ)Roblox's new AI chatbot will help you build virtual worlds (The Verge)Artificial intelligence technology behind ChatGPT was built in Iowa — with a lot of water (AP)The Technology Facebook and Google Didn't Dare Release (NYTimes)Apple Renews Qualcomm Deal in Sign Its Own Modem Chip Isn't Ready (Bloomberg)Apple Bets on Titanium and Cameras to Nudge Buyers Toward Pricier iPhones (Bloomberg)See Privacy Policy at and California Privacy Notice at

    Fri. 09/08 – An AI To Talk To The Animals?

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 8, 2023 16:46

    You really need to update your Apple devices. Today. Here come the AI generated misinformation campaigns. Microsoft will defend you from lawsuits if you use their AI. And in the Weekend Longreads Suggestions, might AI finally give us a real life Doctor Dolittle? promocode: ridehomeLinks:Apple discloses zero-days linked to NSO Group spyware (The Record)Ex-FTX Executive Ryan Salame Could Forfeit $1.5B as Part of Guilty Plea (CoinDesk)China turns to AI in hopes of creating viral online propaganda, Microsoft researchers say (Cyberscoop)Microsoft Says It Will Protect Customers from AI Copyright Lawsuits (Bloomberg)Exclusive: ChatGPT traffic slips again for third month in a row (Reuters)Weekend Longreads Suggestions:The Decomposition of Rotten Tomatoes (Vulture)What OpenAI Really Wants (Wired)How artificial intelligence could help us talk to animals (ScienceNewsExplores)See Privacy Policy at and California Privacy Notice at

    Thu. 09/07 – And Now A Drone Breakthrough?

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 7, 2023 15:18

    Chrome is getting a new coat of paint. China is increasingly banning iPhones. Are drones about to have a breakthrough moment just like self-driving cars? Apple is increasingly serious about AI. And in a way, are we seeing the first major musical artist of the AI era emerging? is about to look a bit different (The Verge)China Seeks to Broaden iPhone Ban to State Firms, Agencies (Bloomberg)FAA Clears Drones for Longer Flights, Opening Door to Deliveries (Bloomberg)Apple Boosts Spending to Develop Conversational AI (The Information)Vitalik Buterin co-authors paper on regulation-friendly Tornado Cash alternative (The Block)OpenAI to Host First Developer Conference in San Francisco (Bloomberg)Ghostwriter Returns With an A.I. Travis Scott Song, and Industry Allies (NYTimes)See Privacy Policy at and California Privacy Notice at

    Wed. 09/06 – The Modern Antitrust Era Begins Now

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 6, 2023 15:57

    The EU has listed 22 services falling under its Digital Markets Act. Britain pulls back from an encryption law. And if that's not enough, the Google antitrust trial begins next week so the modern antitrust era is officially here. Which cars are spying on us? Maybe all of them. Who has all the money in crypto? And the new law here in NYC that could change Airbnb Challenges Apple, Microsoft in New Push to Rein in Big Tech Dominance (Bloomberg)UK pulls back from clash with Big Tech over private messaging (Financial Times)In Its First Monopoly Trial of Modern Internet Era, U.S. Sets Sights on Google (NYTimes)There are just six bitcoin billionaires in the world, new crypto super-rich report says (CNBC)If You've Got a New Car, It's a Data Privacy Nightmare (Gizmodo)The End of Airbnb in New York (Wired)See Privacy Policy at and California Privacy Notice at

    Tue. 09/05 – China's Chip End Run

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 5, 2023 16:28

    Some more controversies surrounding Elon Musk and X. China looks like it is managing its chip situation better than the US might have hoped. Is Spotify's podcasting bet officially a failure? Is Apple's Lionel Messi bet already a winner? And will getting rid of Books 3 only help the AI incumbents? code Musk to sue ADL for accusing him, X of antisemitism (TechCrunch)Huawei Teardown Shows Chip Breakthrough in Blow to US Sanctions (Bloomberg)Meta Reportedly Partnering With LG For 2025 Quest Pro Successor (UploadVR)Exclusive: Arm signs up big tech firms for IPO at $50 billion-$55 billion valuation (Reuters)Spotify's $1 Billion Podcast Bet Turns Into a Serial Drama (WSJ)Messi Drives Jump in Apple TV+ and MLS Subscriptions (WSJ)The Battle Over Books3 Could Change AI Forever (Wired)See Privacy Policy at and California Privacy Notice at

    Thu. 08/31 – In A Sense, Bundling Is Always Consumer Friendly

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 31, 2023 16:50

    Microsoft unbundles Teams to stay ahead of EU antitrust action. But is that actually good for European consumers? Elon wants to collect your biometric data. Can AI police online smack talking in games? Lessons from the grocery delivery bubble. And, surprise, the Weekend Longreads Suggestions.Links:Microsoft Fends Off EU Antitrust Probe With Teams Deal (Bloomberg)Microsoft is unbundling Teams from Office in Europe to address regulator concerns (The Verge)X Plans to Collect Biometric Data, Job and School History (Bloomberg)Call of Duty enlists AI to eavesdrop on voice chat and help ban toxic players starting today (PCGamer)Bonfire of the groceries (FT)Weekend Longreads Suggestions:Despite Cheating Fears, Schools Repeal ChatGPT Bans (NYTimes)A Startup in the New Jersey Suburbs Is Battling the Giants of Silicon Valley (WSJ)Where do fonts come from? This one business, mostly (The Hustle)See Privacy Policy at and California Privacy Notice at

    Wed. 08/30 – OpenAI Making Bank

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 30, 2023 16:44

    The FBI took down a huge botnet. OpenAI is apparently ahead of schedule in terms of making a ton of revenue. Why Samsung wants to apply AI to your refrigerator. Why OnStar is doubling down on AI. And we officially have the deets on the iPhone event scheduled for next month.Links:Qakbot botnet dismantled after infecting over 700,000 computers (BleepingComputer)UAE launches Arabic large language model in Gulf push into generative AI (FT)OpenAI Passes $1 Billion Revenue Pace as Big Companies Boost AI Spending (The Information)Samsung debuts its own 'AI-powered' smart recipe app (Engadget)GM is using Google's AI chatbot to handle simple OnStar calls (The Verge)Apple Announces 'Wonderlust' Event Expected to Feature iPhone 15, Apple Watch Series 9 and More (MacRumors)See Privacy Policy at and California Privacy Notice at

    Tue. 08/29 – The Crypto Regulators Come For NFTs

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 29, 2023 17:41

    Google's Cloud Next conference drops a ton of AI announces. OpenAI releases a business-oriented version of ChatGPT. The regulators have come for NFTs and now the question is, are all NFTs securities, or just the ones they just fined? And let me introduce you to Twitch's big new competitor. But are they really eating their lunch or just a front for gambling related streaming? to Add AI Models from Meta, Anthropic to Its Cloud Platform (Bloomberg)The new Google Chat borrows from Slack, Teams, Discord, and even ChatGPT (The Verge)Google Meet's new AI will be able to go to meetings for you (The Verge)OpenAI launches a ChatGPT plan for enterprise customers (TechCrunch)Musk, tech CEOs to attend Schumer's AI Senate forum (The Hill)SEC takes first action against an NFT project as an unregistered security (The Verge)Twitch competitor Kick is dividing the internet's top streamers (NBCNews)Robotaxis hit the accelerator in growing list of cities nationwide (Axios)See Privacy Policy at and California Privacy Notice at

    Mon. 08/28 – The Tech IPO Is Back?

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 28, 2023 18:07

    Apple looks to refresh the iPad to reinvigorate sales. Huge network crash is grounding planes in the UK. Some tentative sign that the Tech IPO window might be creaking open. Do you need a 100 year domain renewal? And the Silicon Valley bigwigs who are investing big money to build a new Bay Area city from scratch.Links:Apple Bets on Revamped iPad Pro to Reignite Sluggish Tablet Sales (Bloomberg)China's BYD to Pay $2.2B to Expand Business With Apple (The Information)UK air traffic control hit by network-wide failure (The Guardian)Klaviyo files to go public in latest sign of life for IPO market (CNBC)WordPress Announces 100-Year Domain Name Registrations (Search Engine Journal)The Silicon Valley Elite Who Want to Build a City From Scratch (NYTimes)See Privacy Policy at and California Privacy Notice at

    Fri. 08/25 - ESPN To Amazon?

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 25, 2023 16:00

    Amazon has apparently held talks with Disney about maybe teaming up for a streaming ESPN partnership. Dropbox ends its unlimited storage option. Shein takes over Forever21. A product release so star-crossed, it's being recalled after just 3 months. And, of course, The Weekend Longreads Suggestions.Links:Amazon in Talks With Disney About ESPN Streaming Partnership (The Information)Dropbox Ends Unlimited Cloud Storage Following Google Change (Bloomberg)Shein Strikes Deal With Forever 21 (WSJ)Citizen Is Suspending Sales of Its New Wear OS Smartwatch (Wired)Threads on the web widely rolling out (9to5Google)Weekend Longreads Suggestions:What Happened to Wirecutter? (The Atlantic)Michael Mann Fulfills a 30-Year Journey Directing the Operatic, Thrilling ‘Ferrari' — And Teases ‘Heat 2': ‘I Don't Think About Mortality. I'm Busy' (Variety)See Privacy Policy at and California Privacy Notice at

    Thu. 08/24 – Nvidia Blows The Roof Off The Place

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 24, 2023 16:35

    Nvidia gives new meaning to the words “earnings beat.” Meta announces Code Llama. TikTok might start banning links to Amazon. SpaceX wants Starlink to be viable in cities too. And turning thoughts into speech via an AI interface becomes real.Links:Nvidia tops estimates and says sales will jump 170% this quarter, driven by demand for AI chips (CNBC)Meta launches own AI code-writing tool: Code Llama (The Verge)TikTok Shop on Track to Lose More Than $500 Million in U.S. This Year (The Information)Epic offers devs 100 percent of net revenue for six months of EGS exclusivity (Engadget)SpaceX Working with Cloudflare to Speed Up Starlink Service (The Information)Brain implants give a voice to people who cannot speak (FT)See Privacy Policy at and California Privacy Notice at

    Wed. 08/23 – The Playstation Portal

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 23, 2023 16:59

    Sony announces the PlayStation Portal handheld device. IBM announces an AI model to translate code from one type to another. OpenAI lets anyone fine tune. Is LinkedIn the big winner in social media right now? And what happens when you 3d printer comes alive like a zombie in the middle of the night.Sponsors:Skip the waitlist and invest in blue-chip art for the very first time by signing up for Masterworks: Purchase shares in great masterpieces from artists like Pablo Picasso, Banksy, Andy Warhol, and more. See important Masterworks disclosures:'s portable PlayStation Portal launches later this year for $199.99 (The Verge)PlayStation Portal: Hands On With Sony's New Remote Play Handheld (IGN)IBM taps AI to translate COBOL code to Java (TechCrunch)OpenAI brings fine-tuning to GPT-3.5 Turbo (TechCrunch)Sorry, But LinkedIn Is Cool Now (Bloomberg)Salesforce Leads Financing of AI Startup at More Than $4 Billion Valuation (The Information)Tiger Global Nears Deal to Sell Slice of Cohere Stake at $3 Billion Valuation (The Information)3D printers printing without consent is a cautionary tale on cloud reliance (ArsTechnica)See Privacy Policy at and California Privacy Notice at

    Tue. 08/22 – Is Elon Tanking Things On Purpose?

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 22, 2023 15:46

    Microsoft tries to appease His Majesty's Regulators. The Arm IPO is a go. Why Nvidia continues to be huge even in China. A new AI translation model from Meta. I continue to wonder if Elon is tanking things on purpose. And a new social media platform built on top of X?Links:Microsoft to sell off Activision cloud gaming rights to Ubisoft in bid for UK approval (The Verge)Arm files for Nasdaq listing, as SoftBank aims to sell shares in chip designer it bought for $32 billion (CNBC)Why China remains hungry for AI chips despite US restrictions (FT)Meta releases an AI model that can transcribe and translate close to 100 languages (TechCrunch)X is planning to hide headlines from news links for ‘improved aesthetics' (TechCrunch)Social Platform Gains 100K Users in Days Even in Depths of a Bear Market (CoinDesk)See Privacy Policy at and California Privacy Notice at

    Mon. 08/21 – Twit Pics Disappear

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 21, 2023 16:00

    More X shenanigans over the weekend. Some solid evidence that some major LLMs have in fact been trained on copyrighted material. A ton of it, in fact. As Arm prepares to IPO, who might join them, depending on how things go? Bad news for Adyen is probably bad news for Stripe. And the rise of high tech sailing Deletes All User Photos And Links From 2011-2014 (Forbes)REVEALED: THE AUTHORS WHOSE PIRATED BOOKS ARE POWERING GENERATIVE AI (The Atlantic)Silicon Valley start-ups revive listing plans as Arm reignites IPO market (Financial Times)Europe's Stripe rival Adyen saw $20 billion wiped off its value in a single day. Here's what's going on (CNBC)UK to spend £100m in global race to produce AI chips (The Guardian)A cargo ship that harnesses wind power has set sail on its maiden journey (Quartz)See Privacy Policy at and California Privacy Notice at

    Fri. 08/18 – Werner Herzog Is The AI Voice We Deserve

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 18, 2023 16:41

    More drips and drabs Threads feature releases. Meta is readying a “Code Llama.” Throwback Friday with Uber and Lyft threatening to leave a major municipality. Our first fall hardware event is on the calendar. And, of course, the Weekend Longreads code ridehomeLinks:Threads gets retweets — sorry, reposts — in the reverse-chronological feed (The Verge)Meta's Next AI Attack on OpenAI: Free Code-Generating Software (The Information)Lyft and Uber say they will leave Minneapolis if the mayor signs a minimum wage bill for drivers (CNN)Microsoft to hold ‘special event' in New York City on September 21st (The Verge)Spotify Looked to Ban White Noise Podcasts to Become More Profitable (Bloomberg)Weekend Longreads Suggestions:A Rare Look Into the Finances of Elon Musk's Secretive SpaceX (WSJ)How the iMac saved Apple (The Verge)A Living History of The Humble Paper Airplane (Popular Mechanics)A New Role for Werner Herzog: The Voice of A.I. Poetry (NYTimes)See Privacy Policy at and California Privacy Notice at

    Thu. 08/17 – Sometimes Startup Acquires You

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 17, 2023 14:33

    OpenAI makes its first acquisition. Has AI really done anything for Bing marketshare? A really cool looking new gaming handheld. The most recent tally of tech industry layoff numbers. And Eric Schmidt says he wants to pull a Sam code rideLinks:OpenAI acquires AI design studio Global Illumination (TechCrunch)Microsoft Struggles to Gain on Google Despite Its Head Start in AI Search (WSJ)Exclusive Images: This is the Lenovo Legion Go Gaming Handheld (WindowsReport)Cyber security researchers become target of criminal hackers (FT)Tech Firms Are Slowing Layoffs But Still Not Yet Resuming Hiring (Bloomberg)Ex-Google CEO Eric Schmidt to launch AI-science moonshot (Semafor)See Privacy Policy at and California Privacy Notice at

    Wed. 08/16 – And Now I'm A Blue Subscriber

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 16, 2023 15:19

    By the time you hear these words, I guess I'll be a blue subscriber cause I'm locked out of Tweetdeck otherwise. Coinbase gets regulatory approval from one agency, while another is suing them. Generative AI in Google search, while Google DeepMind is contemplating doing it for everything. And I guess we've entered the true first self-driving car test phase. Hold on to your code techmemeLinks:TweetDeck is officially becoming a paid service (The Verge)Elon Musk's X is throttling traffic to websites he dislikes (The Washington Post)Coinbase obtains regulatory approval to offer crypto futures trading to eligible clients (The Block)Google's AI search experience adds AI-powered summaries, definitions and coding improvements (TechCrunch)Google Tests an A.I. Assistant That Offers Life Advice (NYTimes)Robotaxis are driving on thin ice (The Verge)See Privacy Policy at and California Privacy Notice at

    Tue. 08/15 – iPhone “Maximum Capacity” Concerns

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 15, 2023 17:23

    Very interesting executive departure at Amazon. A popular Mac service is gonna launch an alternative iOS app store. Now nation states are trying to stockpile Nvidia chips, not just tech companies. And what is the maximum capacity of your iPhone's battery, and should you check on it?Links:Amazon's Leader on Alexa, Echo and Other Devices Plans to Leave (WSJ)Scoop: X shuts down $100M promoted accounts ad business (Axios)Setapp plans to launch EU-only alternative iOS App Store (Apple Insider)Saudi Arabia and UAE race to buy Nvidia chips to power AI ambitions (FT)Linear TV Falls Below 50 Percent of Viewing for First Time (The Hollywood Reporter)iPhone 14 Pro users complain of major drops in battery health and capacity after less than a year (9to5Mac)See Privacy Policy at and California Privacy Notice at

    Mon. 08/14 – An Apple Watch X?

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 14, 2023 16:35

    Apple is planning a huge revamp for the Apple Watch in honor of it's 10th birthday. Amazon is using generative AI to summarize product reviews. It's finally official. Paying for all the big streaming services is now more expensive than just paying for cable. And if that self driving car is rocking, maybe don't go Plans Major ‘Watch X' Overhaul for Device's 10-Year Anniversary (Bloomberg)Amazon taps generative AI to enhance product reviews (TechCrunch)Google-backed Anthropic raises $100 mln from South Korea's SK Telecom (Reuters)Hollywood calls time on golden era of cheap streaming (FT)Could a True Streaming Bundle Be Upon Us? (Vulture)San Franciscans Are Having Sex in Robotaxis, and Nobody Is Talking About It (The San Francisco Standard)See Privacy Policy at and California Privacy Notice at

    Fri. 08/11 – Unleash The Robotaxis!

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 11, 2023 18:39

    A major regulatory breakthrough is going to open the floodgates for self-driving taxis in California. Two different stories about dealing with the China restrictions, including one US company that is directly benefiting, and Meta's AR ambitions, which are not. And, of course, the Weekend Longreads Suggestions.Links:Robotaxis score a huge victory in California with approval to operate 24/7 (The Verge)Skydio closing consumer drone business (TechCrunch)Behind Meta's ‘Made in USA' AR Glasses: a Military-Grade Material (The Information)Weekend Longreads Suggestions:Where have all the fitness bands gone? (The Verge)4 Actual Use Cases for Blockchain and AI That Are More Than Just Hype (CoinDesk)The Looming Catalog Crisis (Vulture)Paul F. Tompkins Is Getting Back Into It (Vulture)See Privacy Policy at and California Privacy Notice at

    Thu. 08/10 – Streaming $$$+

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 10, 2023 14:53

    Oh why not? Disney+ is raising prices too. A new executive order targeting Chinese tech. New features in Threads, but not the ones they need. Are the robot card shufflers in Vegas easily hackable? And we did the Flip. Now the Galaxy Z Fold 5 review.Links:Prices of Disney+, Hulu Premium Plans to Get Jacked Up but New Duo Bundle Will Offer Deep Discount (Variety)Biden Restricts U.S. Investment in China (WSJ)You can now verify your Threads profile on Mastodon (The Verge)Apple Can Keep App Store Rules for Now as Top Court Spurns Epic (Bloomberg)Hackers Rig Casino Card-Shuffling Machines for ‘Full Control' Cheating (Wired)Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 5 review: a little better is just good enough (The Verge)Messina joins Ride Home Fund's new $15M AI vehicle, backed by Andreessen, Dixon, Crowley (TechCrunch)See Privacy Policy at and California Privacy Notice at

    Wed. 08/09 – CAPTCHA Supremacy

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 9, 2023 15:45

    Slack announces its biggest ever redesign. Sony signals that the smartphone recession is real and is not getting better anytime soon. Is WeWork circling the drain? Why a Gizmodo editor is suing Apple over Tetris. And guess what? The bots are better at solving CAPTCHAs than you are. Something something, Turing and code ride for 15% offLinks:Slack's biggest redesign ever tries to tame the chaos of your workday (The Verge)Netflix launches a game controller app for playing games on your TV (TechCrunch)Sony Expects Smartphone Rebound Only in 2024 After China Fizzles (Bloomberg)WeWork Tumbles After Raising ‘Substantial Doubt' About Future (Bloomberg)Apple's 'Tetris' movie ripped off tech writer's book, lawsuit says (Reuters)New ‘Downfall' Flaw Exposes Valuable Data in Generations of Intel Chips (Wired)Bots are better than humans at cracking ‘Are you a robot?' Captcha tests, study finds (The Independent)Podcast fantasy league: Privacy Policy at and California Privacy Notice at

    Tue. 08/08 – UK Election Hack?

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 8, 2023 14:50

    Hackers accessed the UK Electoral Commission, so how worried should we be? Apple, Samsung and others can't wait to buy Arm stock. OpenAI explains how its bot is crawling the web. More details on the new M3 chips Apple is testing. And Apple Music finally edges closer to the one thing Spotify still does so much of UK voters' data accessible in cyber-attack, says Electoral Commission (The Guardian)Apple, Samsung to invest in Arm as it eyes September IPO (NikkeiAsia)OpenAI Launches GPTBot With Details On How To Restrict Access (SearchEngineJournal)Zoom can now train its A.I. using some customer data, according to updated terms (CNBC)Even Zoom Is Making People Return to the Office (NYTimes)Apple Tests M3 Max Chip, Setting Stage for Most Powerful MacBook Pro Yet (Bloomberg)Apple Music debuts new algorithmic Discovery Station radio (AppleInsider)See Privacy Policy at and California Privacy Notice at

    Mon. 08/07 – Is Apple Facing An iPhone Recession?

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 7, 2023 17:08

    In earnings last week, Apple was forced to admit softness in iPhone sales. But the big question is, will the iPhone 15 be enough to turn things around? A stablecoin from PayPal. What the world being flooded with cheap AI-produced content already means in the real world. And a review of the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip Admits There Is a Smartphone Slowdown Ahead of iPhone 15 Debut (Bloomberg)PayPal Launches a Stablecoin in Latest Crypto Payments Push (Bloomberg)New acoustic attack steals data from keystrokes with 95% accuracy (BleepingComputer)A New Frontier for Travel Scammers: A.I.-Generated Guidebooks (NyTimes)Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 5 review: the flip phone we've been waiting for (The Verge)See Privacy Policy at and California Privacy Notice at

    Ride Home AI Fund With Big Technology Podcast

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 5, 2023 56:10

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    Fri. 08/04 – HUGE Show News

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 4, 2023 21:56

    Apple and Amazon earnings make me wonder if the law of large numbers is dead. Coinbase is willing to argue over what the definition of is is. Threads continues its precipitous decline. The Weekend Longreads Suggestions. And be sure to listen to the end of the show for some big, big show news. Biggest news in a while. Among other things, why haven't there been bonus episodes for a while? Where has Chris been? Listen to the end! All will be revealed.Links:Apple reports third quarter results (BusinessWire) Announces Second Quarter Results (BusinessWire)Coinbase argues it doesn't trade securities, so the SEC's lawsuit should be dismissed (The Verge)Bitcoin launderer pleads guilty, admits to massive Bitfinex hack (CNBC)Threads user count falls to new lows, highlighting retention challenges (CNN)Weekend Longreads Suggestions:The Chip Titan Whose Life's Work Is at the Center of a Tech Cold War (NYTimes)When AI Is Trained on AI-Generated Data, Strange Things Start to Happen (Futurism)How “windfall profits” from AI companies could fund a universal basic income (Vox)How Modelo became America's new favorite beer (Vox)See Privacy Policy at and California Privacy Notice at

    Thu. 08/03 – Pandemic High Fliers Crash To Earth

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 3, 2023 17:42

    Two stories today of startups who flew high during the pandemic, but have crashed down to earth in meaningful ways. NFT trading volumes might be sinking, but developers continue to flood into the space. And does Goldman Sachs want out of the whole Apple Card partnership?Links:Johnny Boufarhat steps down as CEO of Hopin (Sifted)‘A Nice Bike, When It Works': Riders Fret After E-Bike Maker Goes Bust (NYTimes)IRS expects faster refunds in 2024 for people who stop using paper (Washington Post)NFT Trading Volume Is Sinking, But It's Not Stopping Developers From Entering Web3 (Coindesk)Kenya suspends Worldcoin's crypto project over safety concerns (Reuters)Why are people lining up for Worldcoin eyeball scans? “Easy $50” (Rest of World)How the Partnership Between Apple and Goldman Sachs Soured (The Information)See Privacy Policy at and California Privacy Notice at

    Wed. 08/02 – Elon's Gonna Get Me To Pay For Blue

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 2, 2023 17:12

    Seems like I'll have to be paying up for an X Blue subscription any day now. Meta releases a new AI music generator. We might actually be getting a big tech IPO in a matter of weeks. Amazon is readying an aggressive new push into groceries. And what happens when an online creator replaces themselves with an AI bot?Links:X, formerly Twitter, now lets paid users hide their checkmarks (TechCrunch)TweetDeck is now called ‘XPro' (9to5Google)Meta's AI music generator could be the new synthesizer — or just muzak (The Verge)SoftBank's Arm Targets $60 Billion Value in September IPO (Bloomberg)Microsoft Teams adds spatial audio for more immersive conference calls (The Verge)Amazon Unveils Biggest Grocery Overhaul Since Buying Whole Foods (Bloomberg)One of Gaming's Biggest YouTubers Wants to Replace Himself With AI (Wired)See Privacy Policy at and California Privacy Notice at

    Tue. 10/01 – Uber Profitable

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 1, 2023 17:21

    Uber reports meaningful, not gimmicky profitability for the first time ever. Meta's gonna give you AI chatbots with personality. Google is overhauling Assistant with AI stuff. Even Pierson is getting ahead of the whole, let AI tutor you on stuff, stuff. Nintendo is probably giving us a new console next year. And the prisoner's dilemma that is fueling quantum computing development, but heck, let's be honest, fueling AI development as well.Links:Uber Delivers First-Ever Operating Profit in Drive to Curb Losses (WSJ)Meta prepares chatbots with personas to try to retain users (FT)Scoop: Google Assistant to get an AI makeover (Axios)Amazon wants Alexa to bring AI into the home (Axios)Pearson Offers New AI Study Tools in Time for Back-to-School (Bloomberg)Sources: Nintendo targets 2024 with next-gen console (VCG)Quantum Tech Will Transform National Security. It's Testing U.S. Alliances Now. (NYTimes)See Privacy Policy at and California Privacy Notice at

    Mon. 07/31 – Will Only Bitcoin Survive?

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 31, 2023 16:41

    Brian Armstrong strongly hints that US regulators believe only Bitcoin is legal. A deep dive into what we can expect from this year's iPhones. Is the US crackdown on tech to China having a real impact? And the artist that tried to take his art out of Stable Diffusion, only to have the community pull him back code ride for 20% offLinks:SEC asked Coinbase to halt trading in everything except bitcoin, CEO says (FT)The iPhone 15 Pro Will Have Thinner Bezels in Step Toward Apple's Dream (Bloomberg)U.S. Hunts Chinese Malware That Could Disrupt American Military Operations (NYTimes)China's Tech Distress Grows as U.S. Chip Sanctions Bite (WSJ)An Internet Veteran's Guide to Not Being Scared of Technology (NYTimes)Greg Rutkowski Was Removed From Stable Diffusion, But AI Artists Brought Him Back (Decrypt)See Privacy Policy at and California Privacy Notice at

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