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US Supreme Court Takes on Social Media Content Moderation

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Ridgewood NJ, today, the US Supreme Court is set to deliberate on the contentious issue of whether states possess the authority to prohibit social media platforms from moderating political content on their platforms. This case is one of three social media-related disputes on the court’s docket for this term.

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Rift Widens Between Google Leadership and Staff

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Ridgewood NJ, Google staff morale is suffering badly and workers are increasingly vocal about the slump. The tech giant and its work culture are being described as overly corporate and generally aimless. There is a growing rift between leadership and employees. While executives seem excited about the company’s future, employees are much less enthusiastic as they feel they might get laid off at any time.

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BIDEN ADMINISTRATION TAKES ON SILICON VALLEY

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Ridgewood NJ, given the numerous regulatory enforcement cases being brought against or contemplated for technology giants, it appears  that the Biden administration has declared war on Silicon Valley. Now the long anticipated trial of the Justice Department’s antitrust lawsuit against Google, which began last Tuesday.

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AI Companies Commit to Safeguards at the White House’s Request

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Ridgewood NJ, file this under what could possibly go wrong with this , several companies, including Microsoft, Google, and OpenAI, have committed to certain safeguards for their technology until Congress passes legislation to regulate AI. Officials want to make sure that the technology is developed responsibly and in a way that benefits society without negatively impacting the safety, rights, and democratic values of the public. The tech firms have agreed to eight measures, including letting independent experts test models for bad behavior, investing in cybersecurity, flagging societal risks, and watermarking AI-generated audio and visual content.

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Ad Wars ,Gannett the Owner of the Bergen Record Sues Google

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Ridgewood NJ, Gannett the owner of Northjersey.com (the Bergen Record) and the largest newspaper publisher in the US, filed a federal lawsuit against Google and its parent company, Alphabet. Gannett claims the tech giant is violating antitrust laws by holding a monopoly over the digital advertising business and controlling how publishers buy and sell ads online, leading to less revenue for publishers and Google’s ad rivals.

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Google scrambles to counter ChatGPT but ends up embarrassing itself

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Ridgewood NJ, Google held a press conference from Paris on Wednesday where presenters ran through a collection of previously announced technologies. The demo included references to many products still unavailable. One of the presenters lost a device that was supposed to be for a live demo. Google’s stock declined sharply after the event.

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Microsoft and Google Battle for Control of the Mainstream Artificial Intelligence Space

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Ridgewood NJ, Google CEO Sundar Pichai has announced an experimental conversational AI service called Bard. The ChatGPT competitor can answer users’ queries and take part in conversations. It is now available to a group of trusted testers and will be released more widely in the coming weeks. Bard will draw on information from the web to provide high-quality responses.

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New Jersey Joins U.S. Department of Justice and Seven Other States in Lawsuit Against Google’s Noncompetitive Ad Tech

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Trenton NJ, Attorney General Matthew J. Platkin today joined seven other Attorneys General and the United States Department of Justice (“DOJ”) in filing suit against Google over its efforts to eliminate competition in the digital advertising marketplace and create a monopoly for the company over all advertising bought and sold on the internet.

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Microsoft Announces New Multibillion-dollar Investment in Artificial intelligence

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Ridgewood NJ, Microsoft announced yesterday it is expanding its partnership with OpenAI, the start-up behind the viral ChatGPT chatbot (see overview), with a multiyear, multibillion-dollar investment. Specific financial terms of the deal weren’t disclosed, but reports say Microsoft is expected to invest $10B, in addition to the $3B it has already invested since 2019.

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Google’s Top Secret New Project Teaching Artificial Intelligence to Write and Fix Code

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Ridgewood NJ, Google is working on a tool that uses machine learning to train code to write, fix, and update itself. The project started inside Alphabet’s X research unit. Codenamed Pitchfork, the project is now part of a new group at Google Labs named the AI Developer Assistance team. Its original goal was to build a tool that could update Google’s Python codebase to a newer version. What could possibly go wrong with that ?

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Google Settles Over Location Tracking Practices

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Trenton NJ, Attorney General Matthew J. Platkin announced today that New Jersey has entered into a settlement with Google resolving a multistate investigation into allegations that the online search engine platform violated consumers’ privacy by misleading consumers about its location data collection practices.

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Google Rolled Out Pixel 7, Pixel 7 Pro, and Pixel Watch and offered details on its Pixel Tablet

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Ridgewood NJ, Google showed off its Pixel 7, Pixel 7 Pro, and Pixel Watch and offered more details on its upcoming Pixel Tablet at its big fall event. Both Pixel 7 phones are now available for preorder for an October 13 release. The Pixel 7 starts at $599 and the Pixel 7 Pro will cost $899. The Pixel Watch will start at $349.99. The Pixel Tablet will be released in 2023. Many more details about the new devices are available in the article.

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Google : Android for Everyone , Everywhere

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Ridgewood NJ, Google is launching a cross-device software development kit that will allow apps to play across Android devices and eventually non-Android devices as well. It lets apps discover nearby devices, establish secure connections between devices, and host app experiences across multiple devices. The SDK uses Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and ultra-wideband for multi-device connectivity. It is in developer preview and only works with Android devices for now.

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