This Week in Google with Leo Laporte, Jeff Jarvis, and Paris Martineau

Nov 8th 2023

This Week in Google 741

The Whole Muffin

OpenAI GPTs, Article 45, iMessage regulation, Bored Ape dancing

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Category: News
  • OpenAI debuts GPTs allowing companies to further optimize GPT-4 for specific domains.
  • Article 45, an EU regulation, will roll back web security by 12 years by banning website fingerprinting used for fraud detection.
  • GM halts production on its Cruise driverless van over safety concerns after recent crashes.
  • The SAG strike continues as negotiations with AMPTP stall. AMPTP proposed using AI to replace actors.
  • AI academics voice concerns about AI CEOs like Sam Altman having too much unilateral control over powerful technologies like GPT-4.
  • Meta allegedly tried to buy the domain name from a company called Threads and kicked them off Facebook when they refused to sell.
  • Google petitions regulators to force Apple to open up iMessage to improve Android interoperability and reduce lock-in.
  • Mark Zuckerberg leans into WhatsApp's strengths like groups, communities, and encryption to differentiate it from iMessage and Signal.
  • Attendees at a Bored Ape NFT event suffer "severe eye burns" after lazers engraved NFT images directly onto their retinas.
  • TikTok announces it is shutting down its $2 billion creator fund amidst advertiser pullback and recession worries.
  • Camps teaching kids how to become YouTube and social media stars are proliferating.
  • YouTube is testing new generative AI features like video captioning, a comments summarizer, and conversational assistance to enhance the platform.
  • Google Keep will replace the functionality of Assistant Notes and the Assistant Shopping List as Google consolidates its services.
  • Waze adds a new feature to warn drivers about accident-prone roads and intersections to improve safety.
  • Google Chrome can now display how much memory each open tab is using, helping diagnose slowdowns.
  • Google brings its conversational AI-powered Search to over 120 more countries and territories, expanding access globally.
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