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  • Match Group inks deal with OpenAI, says press release written by ChatGPT
    by Sarah Perez on February 21, 2024 at 4:08 pm

    In a press release written with help from ChatGPT, Match Group announced an enterprise agreement with the AI chatbot’s maker, OpenAI. The new agreement includes over 1,000 enterprise licenses for the dating app giant and home to Tinder, Match, OKCupid, Hinge, and others. The AI tech will be used to help Match Group employees with […] © 2024 TechCrunch. All rights reserved. For personal use only. […]

  • Reddit’s upcoming IPO could reward its power users
    by Theresa Loconsolo on February 21, 2024 at 3:30 pm

    On today's episode, we're talking about Reddit's upcoming IPO (again), along with some impressive raises for edtech startup Loora, Bioptimus and Dili. © 2024 TechCrunch. All rights reserved. For personal use only. […]

  • This YC alum just raised $31M to build the ‘TurboTax for construction permitting’
    by Mary Ann Azevedo on February 21, 2024 at 3:30 pm

    Anyone who has ever tried to build or renovate a house knows the pain of obtaining construction permits. Challenges in receiving permits not only add frustration, but also time and expense to any project. It’s no surprise then that the startup world has seen a flurry of startups focused on streamlining the permitting process. The […] © 2024 TechCrunch. All rights reserved. For personal use only. […]

  • Faddom raises $12M to help companies map IT infrastructure wherever it lives
    by Ron Miller on February 21, 2024 at 3:00 pm

    When IT was responsible for servers onsite, understanding what you owned and where it lived was not a big problem. For most, it was physical machines in a closet or server room, but as infrastructure became virtualized and moved to the cloud, figuring out the lay of your infrastructure land became more difficult. Faddom, an […] © 2024 TechCrunch. All rights reserved. For personal use only. […]

  • Google DeepMind forms a new org focused on AI safety
    by Kyle Wiggers on February 21, 2024 at 3:00 pm

    If you ask Gemini, Google’s flagship GenAI model, to write deceptive content about the upcoming U.S. presidential election, it will, given the right prompt. Ask about a future Super Bowl game and it’ll invent a play-by-play. Or ask about the Titan submersible implosion and it’ll serve up disinformation, complete with convincing-looking but untrue citations. It’s […] © 2024 TechCrunch. All rights reserved. For personal use only. […]

  • Microservices orchestration platform Orkes raises $20M Series A
    by Frederic Lardinois on February 21, 2024 at 3:00 pm

    Back in 2016, Netflix open sourced Conductor, its microservices orchestration platform, but last December, it announced that it would discontinue maintaining it. Thankfully, for the many companies that rely on it, the creators of Conductor had previously left the company to launch Orkes, a startup that provides an enterprise-grade microservices platform based on the open […] © 2024 TechCrunch. All rights reserved. For personal use only. […]

  • WhatsApp adds formatting support for lists, block quotes and inline code
    by Ivan Mehta on February 21, 2024 at 3:00 pm

    WhatsApp said today it is rolling out a number of new formatting options on the app, including bulleted lists, numbered lists, block quotes and inline code. The company said these formatting features are available to users across platforms on iOS, Android, web and Mac. Apart from being used fully in one-on-one and group communications, these […] © 2024 TechCrunch. All rights reserved. For personal use only. […]

  • China’s Moonshot AI zooms to $2.5B valuation, raising $1B for an LLM focused on long context
    by Ingrid Lunden on February 21, 2024 at 2:42 pm

    The race to build the next big large language model is on, and now a contender out of China has reportedly banked a major round of funding to catapult it to the front of the pack. Moonshot AI, an artificial intelligence startup founded less than a year ago building LLMs that can handle long inputs […] © 2024 TechCrunch. All rights reserved. For personal use only. […]

  • Apple launches a new app for tracking sports scores, stats
    by Sarah Perez on February 21, 2024 at 2:39 pm

    Apple today is continuing its investment in sports and subscriptions business with the launch of a new app for iPhone users, Apple Sports. The app will offer sports fans access to real-time scores, stats, and other information about their favorite teams and leagues, while introducing competition to other sports score aggregators on the App Store. […] © 2024 TechCrunch. All rights reserved. For personal use only. […]

  • Apple readies iMessage for when quantum computers could break encryption
    by Ivan Mehta on February 21, 2024 at 2:35 pm

    Apple announced today it is upgrading iMessage’s security layer to post-quantum cryptography, starting in iOS and iPadOS 17.4, macOS 14.4, and watchOS 10.4. The technology giant said that in the coming years, quantum computers will be able to break today’s cryptography standards. That’s why Apple said it is changing how end-to-end encryption works with iMessage […] © 2024 TechCrunch. All rights reserved. For personal use only. […]

  • Google DeepMind has a new family of open AI models for devs: Gemma
    by Thomas Macaulay on February 21, 2024 at 3:31 pm

    Just months after Google DeepMind unveiled Gemini — its most capable AI model ever — the London-based lab has released its compact offspring: Gemma. Named after the Latin word for “precious stone,” Gemma is a new family of open models for developers and researchers. “Demonstrating strong performance across benchmarks for language understanding and reasoning, Gemma is available worldwide starting today,” Sundar Pichai, the CEO of Google, said on Twitter. Gemma comes in two sizes — 2 billion and 7 billion parameters. Each of them has been released with pre-trained and instruction-tuned variants. The lightweight models are descendants of Gemini. From their…This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Goog […]

  • AI model Poro sets new milestones for multilingual LLMs in Europe
    by Ioanna Lykiardopoulou on February 21, 2024 at 3:02 pm

    Helsinki-based Silo AI has completed the training of the Poro model — a new milestone in its mission to create large language models (LLMs) for low-resource languages. Named after the Finnish word for “reindeer,” Poro is the first of a family of open-source multilingual LLMs. The startup is building the models alongside the University of Turku and the EU’s High Performance Language Technologies (HPLT) project. Poro is a 34.2 billion parameter model, designed to process English, Finnish, and code. It’s been trained on a dataset of 1 trillion tokens. “What we are proving with Poro is that we can build…This story continues at The Next Web […]

  • TNW Podcast: Gerard Grech on startups, governments, and academia
    by Andrii Degeler on February 21, 2024 at 10:52 am

     Welcome to the new episode of the TNW Podcast — the show where we discuss the latest developments in the European technology ecosystem and feature interviews with some of the most interesting people in the industry. In today’s episode, Andrii and Linnea talk about AI safety, Europe regulating Big Tech (but not quite), snowmobile emissions, and the cost of chatbot hallucinations. The guest of the show is Gerard Grech, managing director of Founders at the University of Cambridge — and the founding chief executive of Tech Nation in the UK. Here are the stories and things mentioned in the episode:…This story continues at The Next Web […]

  • IBM: Europe was the world’s most targeted region for cyberattacks in 2023
    by Thomas Macaulay on February 21, 2024 at 5:01 am

    Cyberattacks hit Europe more than any other region in 2023, according to new research from IBM. The continent accounted for a whopping 32% of incidents analysed by the tech giant. That pushes it past last year’s biggest target, Asia-Pacific, which drops from first to third with 23%. North America jumps into second place with 26% of all cases. Across the globe, the biggest technical shift was the growing abuse of user identities. Attacks harnessing valid credentials surged by 71% year-over-year. For the first time, they became the most common entry point into victim environments — alongside phishing. IBM also discovered…This story continues at The Next Web […]

  • Cybercrime hunters disrupt ‘most active ransomware group ever’
    by Ioanna Lykiardopoulou on February 20, 2024 at 6:09 pm

    LockBit, one of the world’s most infamous cybercrime gangs, has been disrupted by the UK’s National Crime Agency (NCA) and international law enforcement agencies including Europol and the FBI. The gang is known for holding victims’ data to ransom and providing ransomware-as-a-service, whereby it licenses malware to other hackers. LockBit has seen rapid growth since its emergence in 2019. According to Europol, in 2022, it was the most deployed ransomware in the world — causing billions of euros worth of damage globally. “LockBit has long been a scourge to businesses, government agencies, and security professionals the world over,” said Andy Kays, CEO…This story continues at The Next Web […]

  • UK offers £15M to space tech projects for commercial astronaut mission
    by Ioanna Lykiardopoulou on February 20, 2024 at 2:11 pm

    The UK Space Agency has opened two funding calls for tech and science projects to fly onboard a prospective, commercially-sponsored mission. The calls are in preparation of an agreement between the UK and Axiom Space, a US company that organises visits to the International Space Station (ISS). The partnership aims to launch a British astronaut mission, potentially to the ISS. The £15mn (€17.5mn) funding will depend on whether the mission will actually proceed. “We want to keep the UK space sector at the forefront of scientific discovery and technological innovation, so this has been front and centre of our work with…This story continues at The Next Web […]

  • Turning AI frenzy into fundraising strategy: How startups can win the 2024 investment race
    by Olena Petrosyuk on February 20, 2024 at 8:30 am

    Until now, generative AI has been akin to fairy dust — just sprinkle it in your pitch, and investors are all too ready to open their wallets wide. This is changing.  Q4 of 2023 saw a 55.3% decline in AI funding compared to Q1, mirrored by fewer deals. Experts like Matthew Marwick from the Intelligence Unit at CB Insights warn that while the AI funding will likely pick up steam again in the following quarters, the bloated investment rounds typical for 2021 and 2022 are now off the table. The dust after the initial AI boom has somewhat settled, exposing…This story continues at The Next Web […]

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