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TikTok Says US Ban Inevitable Without a Court Order Blocking Law (1 hour 14 minutes old)

TikTok and Chinese parent ByteDance on Thursday urged a U.S. court to strike down a law they say will ban the popular short app in the United States on Jan. 19, saying the U.S. government refused to engage in any serious settlement talks after 2022. From a report: Legislation signed in April by President Joe Biden gives ByteDance until Jan. 19 of next year to divest TikTok's U.S. assets or face a ban on the app used by 170 million Americans. ByteDance says a divestiture is "not possible technologically, commercially, or legally." The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia will ho[...]

Meta's Customer Service is So Bad, Users Are Suing in Small Claims Court To Resolve Issues (1 hour 54 minutes old)

Facebook and Instagram users are increasingly turning to small claims courts to regain access to their accounts or seek damages from Meta, amid frustrations with the company's customer support. In several cases across multiple states, Engadget reports, plaintiffs have successfully restored account access or won financial compensation. Meta often responds by contacting litigants before court dates, attempting to resolve issues out of court. The trend, popularized on social media forums, highlights ongoing customer service issues at the tech giant. Some users report significant financial losse[...]

London Premiere of Movie With AI-Generated Script Cancelled After Backlash (2 hours old)

A cinema in London has cancelled the world premiere of a film with a script generated by AI after a backlash. From a report: The Prince Charles cinema, located in London's West End and which traditionally screens cult and art films, was due to host a showing of a new production called The Last Screenwriter on Sunday. However the cinema announced on social media that the screening would not go ahead. In its statement the Prince Charles said: "The feedback we received over the last 24hrs once we advertised the film has highlighted the strong concern held by many of our audience on the use of AI [...]

World's Largest Music Company Is Helping Musicians Make Their Own AI Voice Clones (3 hours old)

Universal Music Group has partnered with AI startup SoundLabs to offer voice modeling technology to its artists. The MicDrop feature, launching this summer, will allow UMG artists to create and control their own AI voice models. The tool includes voice-to-instrument functionality and language transposition capabilities. RollingStone adds: AI voice clones have become perhaps the most well-known -- and often the most controversial -- use of artificial intelligence in the music business. Viral tracks with AI vocals have spurred legislation to protect artists' virtual likenesses and rights of publ[...]

EU Delays Decision Over Scanning Encrypted Messages For CSAM (3 hours old)

European Union officials have delayed talks over proposed legislation that could lead to messaging services having to scan photos and links to detect possible child sexual abuse material (CSAM). From a report: Were the proposal to become law, it may require the likes of WhatsApp, Messenger and Signal to scan all images that users upload -- which would essentially force them to break encryption. For the measure to pass, it would need to have the backing of at least 15 of the member states representing at least 65 percent of the bloc's entire population. However, countries including Germany, Aus[...]

Anthropic Launches Claude 3.5 Sonnet, Says New Model Outperforms GPT-4 Omni (4 hours old)

Anthropic launched Claude 3.5 Sonnet on Thursday, claiming it outperforms previous models and OpenAI's GPT-4 Omni. The AI startup also introduced Artifacts, a workspace for users to edit AI-generated projects. This release, part of the Claude 3.5 family, follows three months after Claude 3. Claude 3.5 Sonnet is available for free on Claude.ai and the Claude iOS app, while Claude Pro and Team plan subscribers can access it with significantly higher rate limits. Anthropic plans to launch 3.5 versions of Haiku and Opus later this year, exploring features like web search and memory for future re[...]

YouTube Is Cracking Down on Cheap Premium Plans Bought With a VPN (5 hours old)

An anonymous reader shares a report: YouTube Premium subscribers who use VPNs are reporting that their plans are being automatically canceled by the Google-owned company, according to multiple subscribers who have posted screenshots and descriptions of the issue on Reddit. A Google support representative confirmed to PCMag that YouTube has started a crackdown. "YouTube has initiated the cancellation of premium memberships for accounts identified as having falsified signup country information," the Google support agent said via chat message. "Due to violating YouTube's Paid Terms of Service, [...]

Biden To Ban US Sales of Kaspersky Software Over Ties To Russia (6 hours old)

The Biden administration on Thursday will announce plans to bar the sale of Kaspersky Lab's antivirus software in the United States, citing the firm's large U.S. customers including critical infrastructure providers and state and local governments, according to Reuters. From the report: The company's close ties to the Russian government were found to pose a critical risk, the person said, adding that the software's privileged access to a computer's systems could allow it to steal sensitive information from American computers, install malware or withhold critical updates. The sweeping new rule,[...]

Perplexity AI Faces Scrutiny Over Web Scraping and Chatbot Accuracy (6 hours old)

Perplexity AI, a billion-dollar "AI" search startup, has come under scrutiny for its data collection practices and accuracy of its chatbot responses. Despite claiming to respect website operators' wishes, Perplexity appears to scrape content from sites that have blocked its crawler, using an undisclosed IP address, a Wired investigation found. The chatbot also generates summaries that closely paraphrase original reporting with minimal attribution. Furthermore, its AI often "hallucinates," inventing false information when unable to access articles directly. Perplexity's CEO, Aravind Srinivas, m[...]

Heat Waves Grip 3 Continents as Climate Change Warms Earth (11 hours old)

An anonymous reader shares a report: Punishing heat waves gripped three continents on Tuesday, breaking records in cities around the Northern Hemisphere less than two weeks after the Earth recorded what scientists said were likely its hottest days in modern history. Firefighters in Greece scrambled to put out wildfires, as parched conditions raised the risk of more blazes throughout Europe. Beijing logged another day of 95-degree heat, and people in Hangzhou, another Chinese city, compared the choking conditions to a sauna. From the Middle East to the American Southwest, delivery drivers, airp[...]

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Booking.com warns of up to 900% increase in travel scams (9 hours old)

The online travel firm says generative AI tools, such as ChatGPT, are driving the explosive rise.

Don't blame us for people suffering - London hospital hackers (1 day old)

They claim the cyber attack - which has disrupted more than 1,000 procedures - was politically motivated.

AI frenzy makes Nvidia the world's most valuable company (1 day old)

The Californian firm's meteoric rise has been fuelled by its dominance of the "new gold" - AI chips.

TikTok faces fresh US pressure over child privacy (1 day old)

The allegation from US regulators adds to the growing pressure faced by the social media firm.

Bacon ice cream and nugget overload sees misfiring McDonald's AI withdrawn (2 days old [18/06/24])

The voice recognition system seems not to have recognised what customers were really ordering.

Building a $2bn online game by breaking the rules (2 days old [18/06/24])

How the Elder Scrolls Online survived a difficult launch to become a quiet gaming success story.

Software giant Adobe accused of 'trapping customers' (3 days old [17/06/24])

Regulators allege Adobe failed to properly disclose subscription terms and made it too onerous to cancel.

Apple scraps its Pay Later loan scheme (2 days old [18/06/24])

It marks a retreat for the technology giant from plans to offer traditional financial services.

US surgeon general wants social media warning labels (3 days old [17/06/24])

Vivek Murthy says social media increases the risk that children will experience anxiety and depression.

'Hackers leaked intimate photos after my laptop was stolen' (3 days old [16/06/24])

A Spanish filmmaker turned the cameras on herself and made a "sextortion diary" after being blackmailed.

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