Technology

Meta makes the Quest 3 more like Apple’s Vision Pro: It launches an experimental app with spatial computing features. The Quest’s relative affordability is Meta’s advantage.

Spotify uses AI prompts to generate playlists, Nvidia expands into Southeast Asia, and the CHIPS Act grants TSMC funds for a third Arizona chip fab. AI is transcending use cases and expanding regions.

Google mulls AI search paywall to fund costs, risking organic traffic and ad revenues in the name of growth. Can AI competitors beat it to market?

Apple will lay off 700 people in its first major cut since the pandemic. It’s consolidating resources as it shifts to AI development

Meta transforms AI energy into ad revenues: Its strategic AI investments are paying off, but it’s also getting a boost from competitors’ marketplace pain points.

Apple is developing robots for people’s homes: It’s pushing past setbacks by repurposing R&D for a frontier technology with an uncertain commercial future.

Cisco, Google, Microsoft, and IBM lead a consortium to tackle AI-related job loss. Meanwhile 200 artists call for an AI ban in music creation.

Technology problems are happening more often, with recent disruptions taking down myriad services and subscriptions. Adding genAI services will only stress existing infrastructures.

Tech titans spar over top AI talent: Google gains a key expert, and three at Meta walk away. Prized employees face a tough decision between the startup and Big Tech worlds.

The company lays off more workers across various units, refocusing on cloud, AI, and online retail to ensure continued market dominance.

The company reversed its discount strategy despite growing competition. It’s now struggling in a shifting global EV market as hybrid sales surge

Apple’s latest AI outperforms OpenAI’s GPT-4 in contextual understanding: Its ReALM AI model could redefine user experiences across its fast-growing Services segment. But antitrust pressure poses a barrier.

Its latest AI model clones voices from short clips for varied applications. OpenAI is taking a cautious approach and leaning on partners to ensure ethical use.

The company bolsters security and offers credit monitoring after hackers leak data on the dark web. Lawsuits and fines may be on the horizon.

Microsoft to spend over $100 billion on Stargate: It’s partnering with OpenAI on a data center that could provide enough power to build an AGI. But the project faces real-world barriers.

Microsoft uncouples Teams from Microsoft 365 globally in reaction to the EU’s antitrust probe—proving how regional rules can have a global impact.

Big Tech’s year of regulatory pressure: As the EU investigates Apple, Alphabet, and Meta under the DMA, it’s demanding compliance in 12 months. Companies scramble to avoid fines of up to 10% of global revenues.

Google might have solved generative AI’s biggest problem: Its “superhuman” AI fact-checker could make the technology more trustworthy and more appealing for enterprise use cases.

On today’s podcast episode, host Bill Fisher is joined by our analysts Paul Briggs, Evelyn Mitchell-Wolf, and Carina Perkins to discuss the implications of new digital legislations that recently came into force in the EU. Could they be a template for tighter digital laws elsewhere in the world?

China bans Intel, AMD in tech cold war: Beijing pushes domestic chips for government use, affecting US firms’ revenues and escalating tensions. Long-term embargoes could fuel a technology arms race.