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Light-Based Chips Could Help Slake AI’s Ever-Growing Thirst for Energy

Optical neural networks, which use photons instead of electrons, have advantages over traditional systems. They also face major obstacles.

As Google Targets AI Search Ads, It Could Learn a Lot From Bing

Microsoft and Google are bringing ads to their AI search experiences. But users don’t always find it helpful.

Apple Proved That AI Is a Feature, Not a Product

Other tech companies want to sell you chatbots. Apple’s demos show the value of seeing the AI as an integrated, holistic experience rather than a stand-alone app or device.

LinkedIn’s AI Career Coaches Will See You Now

LinkedIn’s new generative AI features include chatbots based on popular career coaches and tools to rewrite résumés and cover letters.

Apple’s Biggest AI Challenge? Making It Behave

Apple Intelligence will make apps and services smarter. But Apple’s most notable innovations focus on ensuring the technology doesn’t disappoint, annoy, or offend.

Marc Andreessen Once Called Online Safety Teams an Enemy. He Still Wants Walled Gardens for Kids

Investor Marc Andreessen called tech ethics and safety teams “the enemy” in his “Techno-Optimist Manifesto” last year. Today he clarified he’s in favor of online guardrails for his 9-year-old son.

Why the EU’s Vice President Isn’t Worried About Moon-Landing Conspiracies on YouTube

During a tour of Silicon Valley, EU vice president Věra Jourová said she expects tech giants to prioritize stamping out content that could distort democracy.

Most US TikTok Creators Don’t Think a Ban Will Happen

The Chinese-owned app is in serious trouble in Washington, but a survey of US creators suggests TikTok’s influencer economy is carrying on with business as usual.

Twitter Is Finally Dead

Twitter is fully now. Given its transformation since Elon Musk bought it, that may be a small mercy.

Sellers Call Amazon’s Buy Box ‘Abusive.’ Now They’re Suing

UK retailers have accused Amazon of using its Buy Box section to choke their businesses, reigniting a years-long debate over whether there was foul play.

Don’t Let Mistrust of Tech Companies Blind You to the Power of AI

It’s OK to be doubtful of tech leaders’ grandiose visions of our AI future—but that doesn’t mean the technology won’t have a huge impact.

The Lords of Silicon Valley Are Thrilled to Present a ‘Handheld Iron Dome’

ZeroMark wants to build a system that will let soldiers easily shoot a drone out of the sky with the weapons they’re already carrying—and venture capital firm a16z is betting the startup can pull it off.

The Daylight Tablet Returns Computing to Its Hippie Ideals

Anjan Katta thinks computers and the tech industry became too corporate and straitlaced—so he invented a tablet with a zippy monochrome screen that’s usable outdoors.

How Researchers Cracked an 11-Year-Old Password to a $3 Million Crypto Wallet

Thanks to a flaw in a decade-old version of the RoboForm password manager and a bit of luck, researchers were able to unearth the password to a crypto wallet containing a fortune.

The $2.3 Billion Tornado Cash Case Is a Pivotal Moment for Crypto Privacy

Tuesday’s verdict in the trial of Alexey Pertsev, a creator of crypto-privacy service Tornado Cash, is the first in a string of cases that could make it much harder to skirt financial surveillance.

A Vast New Data Set Could Supercharge the AI Hunt for Crypto Money Laundering

Blockchain analysis firm Elliptic, MIT, and IBM have released a new AI model—and the 200-million-transaction dataset it's trained on—that aims to spot the “shape” of bitcoin money laundering.

Crypto FOMO Is Back. So Are the Scams

After cryptocurrency prices spiked, scammers have flooded the market with fake tokens that promise investors great riches, but leave them penniless. It’s working.

The EU Is Taking on Big Tech. It May Be Outmatched

From the Digital Services Act to the AI Act, in five years Europe has created a lot of rules for the digital world. Implementing them, however, isn’t always easy.

Judge Hints at Plans to Rein In Google’s Illegal Play Store Monopoly

“Google as an illegal monopolist will have to pay some penalties,” US federal judge James Donato said Thursday, in a hearing discussing next steps after a jury found the company breached antitrust laws.

Would You Still Use Google if It Didn't Pay Apple $20 Billion to Get on Your iPhone?

A US judge who will decide Google’s fate in a historic antitrust trial suggested it was “odd” for the company to say it has the best search engine but also pay Apple billions to lock out rivals.

The Affordable Connectivity Program Kept Them Online. What Now?

Millions of people relied on the federal Affordable Connectivity Program to stay online and access work, health care, and school. Now that the program has expired, some fear being cut off.

Generative AI Is Totally Shameless. I Want to Be It

The best thing about brain-melting software like ChatGPT? It doesn’t feel remorse.

Inside the Cult of the Haskell Programmer

It’s spooky. It’s esoteric. It’s also the key to understanding the rise and relevance of functional programming.

Stack Overflow Users Are Revolting Against an OpenAI Deal

Members of the software developer community have reported deleting or altering their posts to prevent them from being used by OpenAI.

Why Apple’s iPhone Browser-Choice Option Sucks

European iPhone owners are being shown a new pop-up screen listing alternatives to the Safari browser. The developers of the browsers shown on that screen are torn about the user experience.

Tesla Shareholders Approve Elon Musk’s Big Payday

Elon Musk will pocket $50 billion after Tesla shareholders made a show of support for his leadership.

Teslas Can Still Be Stolen With a Cheap Radio Hack—Despite New Keyless Tech

Ultra-wideband radio has been heralded as the solution for “relay attacks” that are used to steal cars in seconds. But researchers found Teslas equipped with it are as vulnerable as ever.

Biden Is Trying to Buy EVs Time With New Tariffs on China. It Might Not Work

America now has 100 percent tariffs on Chinese electric vehicles, but with US automakers struggling to compete and its reliance on China’s materials, will this help? Mercedes, BMW and VW think not.

An Innovative EV Motor Used by Lamborghini, McLaren, and Ferrari Is Being Mass-Produced by Mercedes

Compared to the usual EV power plants, axial-flux motors are smaller and lighter, and have more torque. But they're hard to make at scale. Now Mercedes is bringing them to the masses.