What’s up, folks, it’s your boy with another edition of Week in Review, bringing you the latest and greatest in the world of tech. Before we jump into it, I want to take a moment to address the ongoing conflict in Israel and Gaza. It’s heartbreaking to witness the destruction and loss of life. We’re here to support those affected and hope for a peaceful resolution.
Now, let’s get down to business. The trial of Sam Bankman-Fried, the disgraced crypto startup founder, is still making waves. During the trial, former Alameda Research CEO Caroline Ellison dropped a bombshell, revealing that the trading firm allegedly paid Chinese officials to unlock their accounts on OKX and Huobi. Crazy stuff happening in the courtroom, folks.
In other news, Atlassian has made a major acquisition. They dropped a cool $975 million to acquire Loom, a video messaging service with a massive user base. This move shows Atlassian’s commitment to the future of work and the power of video communication.
OpenAI, one of the heavy hitters in the AI world, is considering making its own AI chips. With the current chip shortage, it’s no surprise that companies are exploring alternative solutions. OpenAI is weighing their options, including acquiring a chip manufacturer or designing their own. This could be a game-changer in the AI space.
Google is stepping up its security game by making passkeys the default sign-in method for all users. Passkeys are a phishing-resistant alternative to passwords, using biometrics or PINs to unlock accounts. Say goodbye to those pesky passwords, folks.
Adobe is upgrading its generative AI tech with Firefly. The new Firefly Image 2 Model promises better rendering of humans, including facial features, skin, body, and hands. This is a major development in the world of AI-generated images and will surely have creatives buzzing.
Spotify is teasing us with a rumored “Superpremium” offering. The code in the app suggests that it will include advanced features like AI playlist generation, better audio quality, and personalized offerings. It seems like Spotify wants to take the music streaming experience to a whole new level.
In a win for diversity and inclusion, California has passed a law that requires venture capital firms to disclose the diversity of the founders they’re backing. This is a major step in increasing diversity within the VC landscape and creating opportunities for underrepresented entrepreneurs.
Lastly, let’s talk about the Meta Quest 3. I got my hands on it and let me tell you, it’s a game-changer. With a price point that won’t break the bank, Meta continues to be the go-to choice for casual extended reality. If you’ve been on the fence about getting a VR headset, the Quest 3 might just be the push you need.
That’s a wrap for this week, folks. Remember to sign up for Week in Review to get all the latest tech news delivered right to your inbox. Stay tuned for more exciting updates in the world of tech. Until next time, keep grinding and stay curious. Peace out.