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  • Alexa Will Get an Upgrade But It’ll Cost You, Report Says

    Alexa Will Get an Upgrade But It’ll Cost You, Report Says

    Amazon is reportedly releasing a generative AI version of Alexa later this year and plans to charge a monthly subscription fee separate from Amazon Prime for the technology, according to CNBC on Wednesday. It’s part of Amazon’s effort to compete with OpenAI’s ChatGPT-4 Omni and Google’s Gemini 1.5, which threaten digital assistants like Alexa. The…


  • AppleTV+ Wants to Pay Actors Based on How Many People Watch Their Movies

    AppleTV+ Wants to Pay Actors Based on How Many People Watch Their Movies

    Apple and other streaming companies are interested in shaking up the entertainment industry’s compensation model. According to Bloomberg, under the newly proposed system (which is really only an idea, at this point), talent—like actors and other production staff—would be paid based, partially, on how well the movie performs on the company’s platform. If a lot…


  • Open-Source Cybersecurity Is a Ticking Time Bomb

    Open-Source Cybersecurity Is a Ticking Time Bomb

    In March, a software bug threatened to derail large swaths of the web. XZ utils, an open-source compression tool embedded in myriad software products and operating systems, was found to have been implanted with a backdoor. The backdoor—a surreptitious entry point into the software—would have allowed a person with the requisite code to hijack the…