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Apple, Nvidia, Anthropic Used Thousands of Swiped YouTube Videos to Train AI

Tech companies are turning to controversial tactics to feed their data-hungry artificial intelligence models, vacuuming up books, websites, photos, and social media posts, often unbeknownst to the creators.AI companies are generally secretive...

A Tiny Texas Village Is About to Annex a Gigantic Bitcoin Mine

In Oak Valley, a sleepy village in rural Navarro County, Texas, there is very little of anything. A potholed road runs through its two square miles of sun-beaten grassland, past a modest...

The Architect of Russia’s Google Is Back

The billionaire Arkady Volozh, known as the architect of “Russia’s Google,” valued at $30 billion at its peak, has long had an apolitical public persona. “I don’t have friction with the state,”...

The Hidden Ties Between Google and Amazon’s Project Nimbus and Israel’s Military

On April 16, police entered Google offices in New York and California to detain several employees protesting a $1.2 billion cloud contract with Israel’s government called Project Nimbus. The deal, shared with...

The Metaverse Was Supposed to Be Your New Office. You’re Still on Zoom

When Mark Zuckerberg rebranded Facebook as Meta in 2021, he estimated the metaverse could reach a billion people over a decade. Not long after, Bill Gates predicted that within two or three...

The EU Is Coming for X’s Paid Blue Checks

Paid-for blue checks on social media network X deceive users and are abused by malicious actors, the European Union said today, threatening the Elon Musk–owned platform with millions of dollars in fines...

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