Tech platforms put shareholder returns center stage: Dividend debuts from Google and Meta and buybacks signal confidence as ad market improves.

On today's podcast episode, we discuss how Meta could take the GenAI space by storm, the likelihood that rapid AI development and deployment backfires, and how advertisers are viewing Threads as it approaches its first birthday. Tune in to the discussion with our analyst Jasmine Enberg.

OpenAI introduces a deepfake detector to aid disinformation researchers during a record election year, targeting potential voter manipulation.

Microsoft moves to reduce dependence on OpenAI with a newwith new model: Microsoft is seeking technological independence, but it also needs cost control to maintain its frontrunner status.

Microsoft and Sanctuary AI team up on humanoid robots: Advanced AI is invigorating the robotics sector. But industry adoption doesn’t indicate consumer demand.

Increased vulnerabilities and ransomware attacks are driving up costs for businesses. AI adoption could make them even more vulnerable.

Retailers like Dollar General, Walmart, and Target are rethinking the self-checkout experience, scaling back on kiosks or removing self-checkout from their locations altogether. But considering 55% of US adults prefer to get through their in-store grocery shopping as fast as possible (according to a November 2023 survey from Kearney) it’s unlikely self-checkout will be leaving stores anytime soon. Here are five stats on self-checkout, including how and why consumers like to use it, the reason some retailers are pulling back, and what the future holds for the technology.

Targeting 20% of the world’s high-end chip production by 2030, the CHIPS Act is accelerating investments into digital twin technologies to attract startups.

Google faces a new challenge as OpenAI prepares to unveil search: The startup could launch a search engine prior to Google’s I/O AI updates. But its revenue model remains unclear.

V makers are expanding production into more affordable models and acquiring autonomous driving technologies while hybrid sales help traditional carmakers through the transition.

On today's podcast episode, we discuss what to make of Google delaying the deprecation of third-party cookies (again), what was behind its most recent ad revenue growth, if it can defend its search business from a wave of AI, and what stands out about YouTube's recent performance. Tune in to the discussion with our analyst Evelyn Mitchell-Wolf.

Google laid off 200 from Core group and will fill gaps by expanding into India and Mexico. Local tech talent is now faced with new challenges.

Anthropic debuts Team plan and mobile app: Its latest offerings could help it gain ground on rivals. But it could face similar scrutiny despite ethics focus.

Peloton struggles to find its footing: The company lays off 15% of its workforce and reduces its brick-and-mortar footprint as demand for connected fitness wanes.

OpenAI and Microsoft are sued again for using newspaper content without permission. Conflicts between creators and Big Tech intensify as AI adoption grows.

A new lawsuit alleges OpenAI and Microsoft use newspaper content without permission. Conflicts between creators and Big Tech intensify as AI adoption grows.

Google and Microsoft show stronger cloud revenue growth than Amazon: Generative AI is changing the cloud playing field, giving Microsoft and Google an advantage

On today's podcast episode, we discuss how retail media is meeting the demand for full funnel campaigns, what folks are building to help with measurement, and how in-store audio can upgrade the experience. "In Other News," we talk about whether there is enough money to go around in retail media and why performance marketers are shifting their priorities to brand building. Tune in to the discussion with our analyst Sarah Marzano and Ryan Mayward, SVP of retail sales at Walmart Connect.

FCC fines four mobile carriers $200 million for illegal sharing of customer location data, risking privacy, regulations, and backlash. It’s the latest setback to rock a struggling sector.

Advertisers accuse Meta’s AI of wasting their entire ad budgets: The Advantage+ Shopping Campaign isn’t living up to promises and points to a dubious future for AI agents.