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Reddit IPO Filings Reveal the Company’s Hopes—and Fears

The amount of time Reddit reports that users spend with its service hasn’t significantly budged either. In September 2021, the company said that US users on average engaged for 28 minutes a day. It ticked up to 30 minutes that December. In December of 2023, the company specified a figure only for “logged-in” US users, though it clocked in at a similar 25 minutes to 30 minutes per day.Other data suggests that the stock of content on Reddit for users to peruse has been roughly constant recently, despite users’ continued…

Elon Musk v OpenAI: tech giants are inciting existential fears to evade scrutiny | Kenan Malik

In 1914, on the eve of the First World War, HG Wells published a novel about the possibilities of an even greater conflagration. The World Set Free imagines, 30 years before the Manhattan Project, the creation of atomic weapons that allow “a man carry about in a handbag an amount of latent energy sufficient to wreck half a city”. Global war breaks out, leading to an atomic apocalypse. It takes the “establishment of a world government” to bring about peace.What concerned Wells was not simply the perils of a new…

As Change Healthcare’s outage drags on, fears grow that patient data could be released

A cyberattack at U.S. health tech giant Change Healthcare has ground much of the U.S. healthcare system to a halt for the second week in a row. Hospitals have been unable to check insurance benefits of in-patient stays, handle the prior authorizations needed for patient procedures and surgeries, or process billing that pays for medical services. Pharmacies have struggled to determine how much to charge patients for prescriptions without access to their health insurance records, forcing some to pay for costly…

Tech Billionaire Tries to Ease Fears of Hawaii Takeover by Donating $150 Million to Hospitals

Photo: Stefan Wermuth/Bloomberg (Getty Images)Last week, it was revealed that Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff had been buying up lots of land in Hawaii at an accelerating clip. Benioff, who is worth billions and billions of dollars, has procured approximately $100 million in land parcels throughout the Big Island via a series of nondescript LLCs. He’s been quite cagey about what most of this land is for and was more than a little bit hostile with the NPR journalist who broke the story about it. Now, in what really seems like

Solar storm alert! Sunspot AR3590 sparks aurora anticipation amid geomagnetic storm fears

In a celestial dance that has both scientists and skywatchers excited, the colossal Sunspot AR3590, which recently unleashed the most potent solar flare in over half a decade towards Earth, is now beginning to wane as it rotates to the far side of the Sun. Despite its current retreat, experts warn of a potential resurgence in two weeks, reigniting concerns about a geomagnetic storm. Although a scheduled Coronal Mass Ejection (CME) predicted to interact with Earth's magnetic field on March 2nd has yet to materialize, NOAA…

Klarna deepens automation fears with claim AI assistant does work of 700 people

In a statement that’s likely to spark controversy, Klara announced that its AI assistant does the work of 700 full-time agents. The statement might raise skepticism for those who remember that the Swedish fintech unicorn laid off roughly the same number of people in 2022, citing inflation and economic uncertainty. Others might also recall that in December, the company freezed hiring on account of AI “productivity gains.” Klarna partnered with OpenAI last year, integrating ChatGPT technology…

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…

Google kills off Gmail’s Basic HTML View amid fears it could sunset its email service

Google users can breathe a sigh of relief as recent rumours of Gmail's demise turn out to be only partially accurate. While the email service is not going anywhere, a specific feature is bidding farewell. Google is killing off Gmail's Basic HTML view starting January 2024, as revealed by updates on the company's support page.Gmail's Basic HTML view endsContrary to widespread speculation, the alleged email circulating on X claiming the "journey of Gmail is coming to a close" is debunked. The concern was unnecessary for…

Global foldable phone market slows down due to durability fears and high costs

Last updated: February 23rd, 2024 at 12:11 UTC+01:00 The foldable phone market was dominated by Samsung in 2023, and market watchers expect a similar outcome in 2024. According to research firm TrendForce, global shipments of foldable phones topped 15.9 million units in 2023. This means foldable phones accounted for roughly 1.4% of the smartphone market last year. It also means that global shipments in the foldable device segment were 25% higher in 2023 compared to 2022. However, market watchers expect shipments in…

Are fears of saying ‘no’ overblown?

Credit: CC0 Public Domain Everyone has been there. You get invited to something that you absolutely do not want to attend—a holiday party, a family cookout, an expensive trip. But doubts and anxieties creep into your head as you weigh whether to decline. You might wonder if you'll upset the person who invited you. Maybe it'll harm the friendship, or