Activision shares jump as British competition regulator drops key concern on Microsoft takeover

An Activision Blizzard’s Call of Duty: Modern Warfare video game is inserted into the Microsoft’s Xbox One video game console arranged in Denver, Colorado, on Wednesday, Jan. 19, 2022. Michael Ciaglo | Bloomberg | Getty Images Shares of activision blizzard surged Friday, after the UK’s Competition and Markets Authority narrowed the scope of its investigation … Read more

These tech giants are still making money, but layoffs are coming hard and fast

Google and Facebook parent Meta are some of the companies that have laid off workers in recent months. Beata Zawrzel | Nurphoto | Getty Images From the US to Europe and Asia, global tech giants from Microsoft and Google, to Amazon, SAP and more have laid off thousands of employees since the start of the … Read more

Ex-Google employees’ AI chatbot startup valued at $1 billion after Andreessen Horowitz funding

Character.AI, an artificial intelligence start-up founded by two former Google employees, is capitalizing on venture capitalists’ unquenchable thirst for deals in technology’s hottest space. The two-year-old company said on Thursday that it raised $150 million at a $1 billion valuation in a funding round led by Andreessen Horowitz. Noam Shazeer and Daniel De Freitas, who … Read more

Google opens Bard AI for testing by users in US and UK

Jonathan Raa | Nurphoto | Getty Images After months of public chatter about emerging chatbots powered by artificial intelligence, Google is opening its Bard AI platform to a limited number of users. The company is officially allowing people in the US and UK to sign up for its generative AI product at, Google said … Read more

In San Francisco, some people wonder when AI will kill us all.

Misalignment Museum curator Audrey Kim discusses a work at the exhibit titled “Spambots.” Kif Leswing/CNBC Audrey Kim is pretty sure a powerful robot isn’t going to harvest resources from her body to fulfill its goals. But she’s taking the opportunity seriously. “On the record: I think it’s highly unlikely that AI will extract my atoms … Read more

Microsoft tries to justify AI’s tendency to give wrong answers by saying they’re ‘usefully wrong’

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella speaks at the company’s Ignite Spotlight event in Seoul on Nov. 15, 2022. SeongJoon Cho | Bloomberg | Getty Images Thanks to recent advances in artificial intelligence, new tools like ChatGPT are wowing consumers with their ability to create compelling writing based on people’s queries and prompts. While these AI-powered tools … Read more

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