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  • Regurgitated ‘American Pie’ adds sour taste to GenAI copyright claims

    Feb 27, 2024 | 18:56 pm

    Regurgitated ‘American Pie’ adds sour taste to GenAI copyright claims Don McClean has always had to share “American Pie.” Since since its release in 1971, the hit song has re-emerged in covers by Madonna, parodies by Weird Al Yankovic, serenades by South Korean presidents, subplots in Marvel movies, and even CIA torture techniques. But these days, McClean’s leading imitators aren’t even human. You can interrogate the culprits for yourself. Just load OpenAI’s ChatGPT and prompt the text generator to “write the lyrics to a song about the day the music died.” Invariably, the tool’s output will spit out lyrics or themes from “American Pie” — and sometimes the same chorus.…This[…]

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  • Google unveils major Search Partner Network update as it removes opt-out option

    Feb 27, 2024 | 18:34 pm

    Google is offering advertisers increased insights and control over ad placement within the SPN, In light of a critical Adalytics report.

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  • ESA releases final images of satellite as it re-enters Earth’s atmosphere

    Feb 27, 2024 | 15:33 pm

    ESA releases final images of satellite as it re-enters Earth’s atmosphere Following almost 30 years of service, the European Space Agency’s ERS-2 satellite re-entered Earth’s atmosphere at approximately 18:17 CET on February 21. Launched in 1995 and with an original mission life of just three years,  ERS-2 set new standards for Earth observation, collecting valuable data on the ozone layer, ocean temperature, and mankind’s overall impact on the planet. In 2011, ESA decided to initiate the satellite’s deorbiting process amid concerns over the increasing amount of space junk. That process came to an end last week. ERS-2 arrived back to Earth about six hours later than ESA had predicted. In fact,…This[…]

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  • Reminder – Google is enforcing stricter rules for consumer finance ad targeting

    Feb 27, 2024 | 15:13 pm

    Take action now to ensure your personalized ads don't violate Google's updated policy.

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  • 3 reasons not to block GPTBot from crawling your site

    Feb 27, 2024 | 15:00 pm

    There’s much more to gain than lose by embracing GPTBot. Explore three primary benefits of adopting OpenAI’s bot technology.

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  • 7 reasons why your AI content sucks (and how to fix it)

    Feb 27, 2024 | 14:00 pm

    Lazy AI articles full of plagiarized text and generic writing can't compete with insightful, specific articles by real experts. Here’s why.

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  • 37 key questions to ask when evaluating digital marketing agencies

    Feb 27, 2024 | 13:00 pm

    Essential questions to evaluate digital agencies on auditing, performance, team structure and capabilities during selection.

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  • Russia-linked LockBit hackers re-emerge, pledge to vote for Trump

    Feb 27, 2024 | 11:01 am

    Russia-linked LockBit hackers re-emerge, pledge to vote for Trump Cybercrime cops still celebrating the takedown of LockBit should put the champagne back on ice because the Russia-linked hackers have re-emerged — and declared support for Donald Trump. Often described as the “world’s most active ransomware group,” LockBit was disrupted last Tuesday by an international coalition of law enforcement agencies. According to Europol, the task force infiltrated the gang’s “primary platform and critical infrastructure.” Members of LockBit were also arrested and charged. Britain’s National Crime Agency said the sting had compromised “their entire criminal enterprise.” But less than a week later, LockBit has reemerged on the Dark Web. On a new site,…This[…]

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  • Google removes option to see more local results in the search results

    Feb 27, 2024 | 10:58 am

    It is unclear if this was intentionally removed or if this is a bug that Google will fix soon.

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  • Why PHP continues to be a popular but divisive programming language

    Feb 27, 2024 | 08:53 am

    Why PHP continues to be a popular but divisive programming language One thing you can say for PHP is that it’s persistent. Like many long-standing programming languages, it’s often maligned by developers who would like to see a shift to newer candidates, yet it also maintains many supporters and practitioners, serving as a reminder of C++ inventor Bjarne Stroustrup’s wise words: There are only two kinds of languages: the ones people complain about and the ones nobody uses. First created in 1993 to enhance the webpage of programmer Rasmus Lerdorf, PHP didn’t originate as a new programming language and as such it developed organically. It has continued to adapt across its…This[…]

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  • [This week] Actionable search marketing training & live Q&A at SMX

    Feb 26, 2024 | 16:52 pm

    Actionable training, live Q&A, free on-demand access, a personalized certificate of completion... it's all yours at the SMX Master Classes.

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  • Google: Apple rejected Microsoft Bing deal over quality and advertising worries

    Feb 26, 2024 | 16:08 pm

    Microsoft claims Google, which pays Apple up to $19 billion a year to be the default search engine on its products, blocked the sale.

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  • Mistral releases new ‘top-tier’ AI model, partners with Microsoft

    Feb 26, 2024 | 15:37 pm

    Mistral releases new ‘top-tier’ AI model, partners with Microsoft Less than a year since its founding, Paris-based Mistral is launching a new AI flagship model for developers, Mistral Large — just a few months after the release of its first model, Mistral 7B.  Much like its predecessor, Mistral Large is an open-source generative AI model. According to the startup, it boasts “top-tier” reasoning capabilities and is proficient in code and mathematics. It’s also multilingual and fluent in five languages (English, French, German, Spanish, and Italian).  “This is a significant milestone for us, as the unparalleled performance of this multilingual model will continue to push the boundaries of what is…This[…]

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  • How SMBs are approaching digital marketing in 2024

    Feb 26, 2024 | 15:00 pm

    A new report reveals key digital marketing trends, goals and pain points for SMBs in 2024.

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  • This solar module could power and heat your home at the same time

    Feb 26, 2024 | 14:44 pm

    This solar module could power and heat your home at the same time European scientists have developed a solar module that can produce electricity and heat at the same time — in a potential breakthrough for low-cost clean energy generation.  The device is made up of a concave mirror and a thin, glass tube filled with photovoltaic cells. When the sun’s rays strike the module, the mirror reflects them at the tube, generating electricity.   The heat produced in the tube then warms up a transfer fluid that flows along the back of the solar cells in a system of pipes. This warm liquid can be used for heating and cooling buildings or for…This[…]

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  • How to make your AI-generated content sound more human

    Feb 26, 2024 | 14:00 pm

    Leverage AI like ChatGPT to generate more human-sounding long-form content. Refine prompts with details to produce engaging articles.

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  • Meta taskforce to fight EU election disinformation as deepfake fears grow

    Feb 26, 2024 | 12:39 pm

    Meta taskforce to fight EU election disinformation as deepfake fears grow Meta is launching a special task force dedicated to tackling disinformation and abusive AI-generated content in the lead-up to the EU elections in June.  The power of social media to influence voting is well documented. But the rapid rise of AI — which can generate “deepfake” images, text, and videos at the push of a button — has triggered new fears that the technology will be used to disrupt major elections across the world this year.   Led by a team of intelligence experts from within the company, Meta’s new “operations centre” has been set up to “swiftly identify potential threats”…This[…]

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  • Google DeepMind taps the power of its AI to accelerate quantum computers

    Feb 26, 2024 | 12:24 pm

    Google DeepMind taps the power of its AI to accelerate quantum computers In new research, Google DeepMind has demonstrated that its AI can help accelerate the development of quantum computers — taking one step further in combining two of the most disruptive technologies. DeepMind worked together with UK-based Quantinuum to solve a key challenge in fault-tolerant quantum computers: reducing the number of T gates. T gates are essential in implementing a quantum circuit — a network of gates that manipulates qubits to generate algorithms. However, T gates are also the most expensive and most resource-intensive gates of the network. To address this, the team developed AlphaTensor-Quantum, an extension of DeepMind’s AlphaTensor, the…This[…]

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  • This startup is bioengineering tissue into human vein implants

    Feb 23, 2024 | 17:43 pm

    This startup is bioengineering tissue into human vein implants Norwegian startup ClexBio is bioengineering human veins to implant inside a patient’s body. Together with CSEM, a Swiss R&D centre, the company has built a prototype bioreactor to grow the veins. Pre-clinical tests in animal models are already underway. Based on the early results, the team is confident that the implants don’t trigger an immune response in patients. Instead, they turn into functional tissue that integrates with the body. If further tests prove successful, the implants could treat severe chronic venous insufficiency, a painful condition caused when veins have problems moving blood to the heart. But veins are just the start…This[…]

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  • 7 fast-growing scaleups with unicorn potential — meet them at TNW 2024

    Feb 23, 2024 | 12:56 pm

    7 fast-growing scaleups with unicorn potential — meet them at TNW 2024 While there are many innovative companies heading to TNW Conference 2024 this year, we’ve created a short list of 7 of the hottest scaleups to check out. Though they cover a range of different industries, they all have one thing in common: unicorn potential. Through our Shining Stars competition, expert judges analysed and assessed each nominee to see which of the bunch is on track to becoming the next revolutionary unicorn, achieving rapid growth, and making a sustainable impact in their sector. From growth monster to disruptive innovator, here are our picks: A ‘vision’ for the future Three companies stood…This[…]

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