Technology News for Tuesday 21st November 2023

19 new stories

Nov 21st 2023

1. OpenAI saga shakes up the Big Tech AI battle

Domain: | Companies: Microsoft

By Therese Poletti. Microsoft may not necessarily be the big winner in the OpenAI soap opera. It might be easy to conclude from the past four days of Silicon Valley's ongoing soap opera at OpenAI that Microsoft Corp. is set to emerge as the victor in ...

2. X Sues Media Matters Over Research on Ads Next to Antisemitic Posts

Domain: | Companies: Apple, IBM, Discovery

A post last week from Elon Musk that endorsed an antisemitic conspiracy theory, which he wrote a day before the Media Matters research was published, kicked off an advertiser exodus, with major brands like IBM, Apple, Warner Bros. Discovery and Sony ...

3. Epic Games CEO testifies it would be 'awesome' to pay Google nothing

Domain: | Companies: Google

Google's lawyers spent the afternoon painting Epic Games CEO Tim Sweeney as wanting to have it both ways. Michael Gennaro / November 20, 2023. Link copied. The Google logo is displayed at their offices on Nov. 1, 2018, in Granary Square, in London.

4. Musk's X sues liberal advocacy group Media Matters over its report on ads next to hate groups' posts


Advertisers have been fleeing X over concerns about their ads showing up next to pro-Nazi content — and hate speech on the site in general — while billionaire owner Musk has inflamed tensions with his own posts endorsing an antisemitic conspiracy theory.

5. Material Simulation with Quantum Accuracy Wins 2023 ACM Gordon Bell Prize


Accurately calculating interactions among electrons has been a significant obstacle to reliable material exploration and design through computer modeling. Recently, a University of Michigan-led international team demonstrated code that brought quantum ...

6. Satya Nadella And Microsoft Are The Biggest Winners Of The OpenAI Meltdown — For Now

Domain: | Companies: Microsoft

M icrosoft CEO Satya Nadella's move to hire OpenAI cofounders Sam Altman and Greg Brockman after their sudden departure from the startup is being heralded as a genius business move for the tech giant, helping it consolidate its growing power over one of ...

7. OpenAI's future hangs in balance amid standoff between staff and board


The future of OpenAI remained uncertain on Tuesday after extraordinary efforts by employees and investors to oust the board had so far failed to persuade its directors to resign and reinstate co-founder Sam Altman. People with direct ...

8. Bournemouth University hosts video effects and gaming festival


The impact of AI on the animation and computer games industry is among the issues to be discussed at an industry festival in Bournemouth. The annual BFX Festival showcases the visual effects work of the National Centre for Computer Animation (NCCA) at ...

9. Elon Musk's X sues media watchdog Media Matters over report on pro-Nazi content on the social media site

Domain: | Companies: Tesla, Twitter

Elon Musk, Chief Executive Officer of SpaceX and Tesla and owner of Twitter, gestures as he attends the Viva Technology conference dedicated to innovation and startups at the Porte de Versailles exhibition centre in Paris, France, June 16, 2023.

10. How Microsoft's Satya Nadella Kept the 'Best Bromance in Tech' Alive


Mr. Nadella moved fast to hire Sam Altman, who was pushed out of OpenAI on Friday, and asserted his company's role in its partnership with the A.I. start-up.

11. OpenAI: Microsoft wants changes after Sam Altman debacle

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Microsoft boss Satya Nadella has called for changes to OpenAI's board after its shock firing of Sam Altman. He told CNBC "something has to change" at the firm, but did not specify what that was, or rule out the tech giant getting a seat on the board.

12. Google is 'crooked' and a bully, CEO of Fortnite-maker Epic Games testifies in Play Store trial

Domain: | Companies: Google

Epic Games CEO Tim Sweeney exits a courtroom at the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, Nov. 14, 2022, in San Francisco. Jeff Chiu—AP.

13. Google Maps rolls out new color scheme. No, you can't change it back

Domain: | Companies: Google

Google Maps also added new information for electric vehicle charging stations, better search features, as well as "Immersive View for Routes" in select cities. by Kevin Accettulla | Nov. 21, 2023.

14. Why OpenAI's board fired CEO Sam Altman


Semafor tech editor Reed Albergotti says the exodus of key personnel was sparked largely by the conflict between the company's for-profit goals and the AI safety mission of its nonprofit board. get the podcast.

15. OpenAI's turmoil is about more than Sam Altman

Domain: | Companies: Microsoft

Sam Altman, left, appears onstage with Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella at OpenAI's first developer conference, on Nov. 6, 2023, in San Francisco. Barbara Ortutay/AP/FILE.

16. OpenAI saga exposes why the company board matters


The OpenAI saga appears to be in a holding pattern, although the smart money remains on Sam Altman and Greg Brockman returning to the company instead of becoming official parts of the Bellevue borg. Why it matters: This episode is highlighting how ...

17. The Next Evolution in 4K: Immersive Entertainment

Domain: | Companies: Samsung

Samsung Canada showcases its 2023 98-inch QLED 4K Q80C TV that captures mesmerizing visuals for a showstopping experience. Everyone knows that the television in any home is a place to come together and enjoy the latest in movie and TV magic.

18. TikTok publishes impact report on music discovery and consumption

Domain: | Companies: Discovery

TikTok has published its Music Impact Report, a new study that was commissioned by the company and prepared by Luminate. The report sets out to consider the impact that TikTok and its users have on the music industry in terms of music discovery, ...

19. The OpenAI debacle shows Silicon Valley will never police itself


After the previous generation of technology startups moved fast and broke, well, everything, artificial-intelligence startups billed themselves as being more responsible while developing even stronger tech. OpenAI was launched as a nonprofit meant to ...