The morning paper for busy techies


Tuesday 4th June 2024

📱 Big Tech & Startups
Instagram confirms test of 'unskippable' ads

Instagram is testing unskippable ads that pause the user's browsing until they view the ad, similar to YouTube's ad model. The move has sparked negative reactions from users, with some expressing concerns about the impact on user experience and engagement with ads.

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The Opaque Investment Empire Making OpenAI’s Sam Altman Rich

Sam Altman is the CEO of OpenAI but does not own shares in ChatGPT to avoid potential conflicts of interest. He does however manage an investment empire with holdings worth at least $2.8 billion as of early this year. This article takes readers through what's known about Altman's investments.

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🤖 Artificial Inteligence
AMD announces new AI chips amid intensifying competition with Nvidia

AMD announced new AI chips during the Computex tech conference, with CEO Lisa Su emphasizing AI as the company's top priority. It also detailed plans to compete with Nvidia by releasing new AI chips annually. The MI350 series, expected in 2025, promises a 35-fold performance increase in inference compared to the MI300 series.

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Anthropic’s Claude 3 Opus and tool use go GA on Vertex AI

Anthropic's latest model, Claude 3 Opus, is now generally available on Vertex AI, alongside the existing Sonnet and Haiku models. The addition of Claude 3 Opus offers advanced capabilities for navigating complex tasks, with tool use and provisioned throughput enhancing agentic workflows.

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Mambda is a powerful state space model. Its team has released a second version along with a long and detailed explanation of the model and the improvements.

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🚀 Science & Future Tech
Fusion Tech Finds Geothermal Energy Application

Quaise Energy, is developing gyrotron drills that utilize powerful microwaves to drill deeper into the Earth's crust to access geothermal energy reserves more cost-effectively. This technology could lead to a significant increase in utilizing geothermal energy as a sustainable power source.

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Male birth control gel is safe and effective, new trial findings show

A male birth control gel containing testosterone and Nestorone showed promising results in a phase 2 trial, with 86% of participants achieving effective sperm suppression after 12 weeks of use. On average, the time for effective contraception was eight weeks.

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💻 Programming & Data Science

Mesop is a Python-based UI framework used at Google for rapid internal app development, allowing you to quickly build web apps without writing Javascript/CSS/HTML. It offers features like hot reload, rich IDE support, and the ability to compose UIs into components through Python functions.

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Portrait Animation with Raw Driving Videos

MegActor is a new model that leverages raw driving videos for more realistic portrait animation. It achieves impressive results using a novel data generation framework and background encoding techniques.

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⚡ Quick Links

Palmer Luckey is now selling pixel-perfect ultrabright magnesium Game Boys for $199 LINK


Intel details new Lunar Lake CPUs to fight off AMD, Qualcomm, and Apple LINK


Spotify is hiking its prices again. LINK


Research shows that high-quality education data is key to AI performance. LINK


Billionaire who booked a SpaceX flight around the Moon cancels after delays. LINK


Computer maker Raspberry Pi is aiming to raise millions in a much-needed boost to London's stock markets. LINK


How Napster created a monster that became bigger than the music industry. LINK


Apple quietly downgrades M2 iPad Air GPU cores. LINK

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