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OpenAI and Google Present Their Competing AI Visions | TechCrunch

Welcome back to TechCrunch’s weekly recap.

There were two big events this week from OpenAI and Google. At OpenAI’s Spring Update event, the new model GPT-4o was introduced, which has voice and vision capabilities that can transform ChatGPT into a virtual assistant that seemingly wants to be “you.” Hot on the heels of OpenAI, Google’s I/O conference showcased a few announcements and integrations for its flagship model, Gemini.

This week also saw some big shakeups at AWS and OpenAI. AWS CEO Adam Selipsky is stepping down and will be replaced by AWS sales chief Matt Garman. And OpenAI co-founder and long-time chief scientist Ilya Sutskever has left the company along with Jan Leike. Sutskever will be replaced by Jakub Pachocki, OpenAI’s research director.

There was also a clear change in meta. TechCrunch exclusively reported that the company is closing its enterprise communications business, Workplace. We wonder if Meta ever really took his entrepreneurial ambitions seriously.

News

120+ AI mentions: How much AI is too much AI? For Google: none. They mentioned it incessantly during their I/O keynote, and we have the tapes to prove it. Read more

Talk to me, ChatGPT: OpenAI’s latest “Omni” model GPT-4o can talk to you, change its tone to sarcastic, and even perform real-time language translation. It also sounds suspiciously like Scarlett Johansson. Read more

Microsoft’s Cobalt 100 chips: TechCrunch has learned that the company will unveil its custom Cobalt 100 chips to customers as a public preview at its Build conference next week. And we also discovered some other balls 👀 Read more

Sony Music is cracking down on AI: Sony Music Group has sent letters to more than 700 tech companies and music streaming services warning them against using their music to train AI without permission. Sony Music says it has “reason to believe” that these companies “may have already made unauthorized use of the content.” Read more

SIM swap attacks: Since mid-2023, a wiretap called Estate allowed hundreds of members to make thousands of automated phone calls to trick victims into entering one-time passwords that gave attackers access to their bank accounts. Read more

Project IDX is now in open beta: Announced at Google I/O, the company’s next-generation AI-centric browser-based development environment is now in open beta. According to Google, more than 100,000 developers have already tried the service. Read more

AI to save the birds: Wind is the largest source of renewable energy in the United States, but wind turbines can have devastating effects on bird populations. Spoor is a startup that uses AI to help wind farms mitigate this risk. Read more

Apple is expanding accessibility: Apple is bringing new accessibility features to iPads and iPhones – including the ability to control your device with eye tracking, create custom shortcuts using your voice, and experience music with a haptic engine. Read more

ThreadsDeck?: Instagram Threads is testing pinned columns on the web, which could be a good replacement for TweetDeck. In 2023, X transformed TweetDeck into X Pro and put it behind a paywall. Read more

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Has Meta given entrepreneurship a fair chance?: Meta pulled the plug on its enterprise product Workday on Tuesday, bringing down the curtain on the enterprise experiment nine years after its launch. Ron Miller writes that one can question whether Meta was ever serious. Read more

Mark Zuckerberg, style icon: Recent photos of the Meta CEO went viral as users noticed a sudden change in his personal style. Gone are the gray shirts and jeans, replaced by gold chains and graphic tees. Amanda Silberling examines whether his newfound makeover is a carefully crafted rebrand. Read more

Tesla’s Supercharger is in limbo: Despite being the undisputed king of electric vehicle fast charging and profitable, Tesla CEO Elon Musk has axed the entire Supercharger division. Tim De Chant examines how the network came to be and what comes next after it’s in limbo. Read more

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