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Using memes, social media users have become red teams for half-baked AI features

2024-05-24 08:21:39

“Running with scissors is a cardio exercise that can increase your heart rate and require concentration and focus,” says Google’s new AI search feature. “Some say it can also improve your pores and give you strength.” Google’s AI feature pulled this response from a website called Little Old Lady Comedy, which, as its name makes […]

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ESA prepares for the post-ISS era, selects The Exploration Company, Thales Alenia to develop cargo spacecraft

2024-05-24 06:03:42

The European Space Agency selected two companies on Wednesday to advance designs of a cargo spacecraft that could establish the continent’s first sovereign access to space.  The two awardees, major aerospace prime Thales Alenia Space and French startup The Exploration Company, will receive €25 million ($27 million) each to advance concepts for vehicles that can […]

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Expressable brings speech therapy into the home

2024-05-24 05:49:33

Expressable is a platform that offers one-on-one virtual sessions with speech language pathologists.

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The biggest French startups in 2024 according to the French government

2024-05-24 03:41:07

The French Secretary of State for the Digital Economy as of this year, Marina Ferrari, revealed this year’s laureates during VivaTech week in Paris. According to its promoters, this fifth class was the most selective since the inception of the program.

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Spotify to shut off Car Thing for good, leading users to demand refunds

2024-05-24 03:35:07

Spotify is notifying customers who purchased its Car Thing product that the devices will stop working after December 9, 2024. The company discontinued the device back in July 2022, but had said at the time that it would still support the units that had already been sold. The company’s plans for the device have changed, […]

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X should bring back stars, not hide ‘likes’

2024-05-24 02:44:48

Elon Musk’s X is preparing to make “likes” private on the social network, in a change that could potentially confuse users over the difference between something they’ve favorited and something they’ve bookmarked. According to new posts by company employees, the decision to hide likes is meant to incentivize engagement, by allowing people to favorite content […]

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$6M fine for robocaller who used AI to clone Biden’s voice

2024-05-24 02:09:13

The FCC has proposed a $6 million fine for the scammer who used voice-cloning tech to impersonate President Biden in a series of illegal robocalls during a New Hampshire primary election. It’s more about robocalls than AI, but the agency is clearly positioning this as a warning to other would-be high-tech scammers. As you may […]

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Tesla lobbies for Elon and Kia taps into the GenAI hype

2024-05-24 01:05:00

Welcome back to TechCrunch Mobility — your central hub for news and insights on the future of transportation. Sign up here for free — just click TechCrunch Mobility! Is it me, or is the Tesla board being a bit extra these days as it tries to convince shareholders to vote in favor of relocating the […]

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App developer Crowdaa raises €1.2M and plans a US expansion

2024-05-24 00:34:10

Crowdaa is an app that allows non-developers to easily create and release apps on the mobile store. 

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Canva launches a proper enterprise product — and they mean it this time

2024-05-24 00:30:00

Back in 2019, Canva, the wildly successful design tool, introduced what the company was calling an enterprise product, but in reality it was more geared toward teams than fulfilling true enterprise requirements. On Thursday, the company changed that, announcing a new enterprise version that is truly geared toward the needs of larger organizations. That includes […]

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2 days left to vote for Disrupt Audience Choice

2024-05-24 00:00:00

TechCrunch Disrupt 2024 isn’t just an event for innovation; it’s a platform where your voice matters. With the Disrupt 2024 Audience Choice Program, you have the power to shape the future of tech by voting for your favorite thought leaders and sessions. But with just 48 hours left until the May 24 deadline, now is […]

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Ticketmaster antitrust lawsuit could give new hope to ticketing startups

2024-05-23 23:58:01

The United States Department of Justice and 30 state attorneys general filed a lawsuit against Live Nation Entertainment, the parent company of Ticketmaster, for alleged monopolistic practices. Live Nation and Ticketmaster merged in 2010, creating a dominant entertainment machine that controls the majority of ticket sales and venue bookings in the country. But Taylor Swift […]

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‘Pro-competition’ rules for Big Tech make it through UK’s pre-election wash-up

2024-05-23 23:32:07

The U.K. will shortly get its own rulebook for Big Tech, after peers in the House of Lords agreed Thursday afternoon to pass the Digital Markets, Competition and Consumer bill (DMCC) — removing the last obstacle to the bill becoming law in the limited parliamentary time remaining for the government. The pro-competition reform, which has […]

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Spotify experiments with an AI DJ that speaks Spanish

2024-05-23 23:11:16

Spotify’s addition of its AI DJ feature, which introduces personalized song selections to users, was the company’s first step into an AI future. Now, Spotify is developing an alternative version of that DJ that will speak Spanish. References to the new AI DJ were spotted in the app’s code by tech veteran and reverse engineer […]

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Arc Search’s new Call Arc feature lets you ask questions by ‘making a phone call’

2024-05-23 22:00:00

Call Arc can help answer immediate and small questions, according to the company. 

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Paris transit passes now available in iPhone’s Wallet app

2024-05-23 21:50:47

After multiple delays, Apple and the Paris area transportation authority rolled out support for Paris transit passes in Apple Wallet. It means that people can now use their iPhone or Apple Watch as a Navigo pass to ride the metro, train, tram or bus. This is important news for Île-de-France Mobilités (IDFM) — the transportation […]

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Redwood Materials is partnering with Ultium Cells to recycle GM’s EV battery scrap

2024-05-23 21:02:26

Redwood Materials, the battery recycling startup founded by former Tesla co-founder JB Straubel, will be recycling production scrap for batteries going into General Motors electric vehicles.  The company announced Thursday that it’s working with Ultium Cells, the joint battery manufacturing venture between GM and LG Energy Solution, to recycle cathode, anode and cell scrap from […]

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Auggie’s new app helps parents find community and shop

2024-05-23 21:00:00

A new startup called Auggie is aiming to give parents a single platform where they can shop for products and connect with each other. The company’s new app, which launched this week, offers parents a platform where they can share product recommendations, shop vetted products and find community amongst each other to get real-time advice […]

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Lumos helps companies manage their employees’ identities — and access

2024-05-23 21:00:00

Andrej Safundzic, Alan Flores Lopez and Leo Mehr met in a class at Stanford focusing on ethics, public policy and technological change. Safundzic — speaking to TechCrunch — says that the class drove home the point that few people, particularly in the corporate sector, have control over their online identities. “The future of software is […]

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Remark puts thousands of human product experts into AI form

2024-05-23 20:45:00

Remark trains AI models on human product experts to create personas that can answer questions with the same style of their human counterparts.

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