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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.

 
Source Link (techcrunch.com)
 
 
 
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.

 
Source Link (www.wsj.com)
 
 
 
🤖 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.

 
Source Link (www.cnbc.com)
 
 
 
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.

 
Source Link (cloud.google.com)
 
 
 
Mamba-2

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.

 
Source Link (goombalab.github.io)
 
 
 
🚀 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.

 
Source Link (spectrum.ieee.org)
 
 
 
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.

 
Source Link (www.nbcnews.com)
 
 
 
💻 Programming & Data Science
 
 
Mesop

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.

 
Source Link (google.github.io)
 
 
 
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.

 
Source Link (megvii-research.github.io)
 
 
 
⚡ 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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