AI Coming to Bing, Google Searches, Apple’s M2 Chip and Super Bowl Streaming


Welcome back to the latest edition of Week in Review, your go-to source for the top tech news stories of the past seven days. This week, AI made waves in the tech world, with Microsoft and Google both making announcements that could change the AI landscape. We’ll also look at GitHub’s layoffs, Apple’s M2 chips, India’s blocking of betting and loan apps, and how to stream the Super Bowl. So, read on to get up to speed on the latest tech news!

Microsoft and AI

This week, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella announced that OpenAI’s ChatGPT-4 was being integrated into Bing, Microsoft’s search engine. This integration is meant to help Bing better compete with Google, and downloads of the Bing app jumped 10x after the news broke. If you’re interested in getting more in-depth, check out Frederic’s hands-on with the search engine.

Google and AI

Google announced Bard this week, its counterpart to OpenAI’s ChatGPT. Bard is in a testing phase and will use Google’s Language Model for Dialogue Applications. However, Devin also says that the company is losing control.

MUM’s the word (sorry, that was too easy)

Google also announced this week that its “multisearch” feature, which allows users to search using images and text, is now available globally on mobile. This feature is powered by AI tech called Multitask Unified Model, or MUM!

GitHub layoffs

Microsoft’s GitHub announced this week that it is laying off 10% of its staff of 3,000. As part of the effort to “protect the short-term health” of the company, GitHub will also close all of its offices and go fully remote.

Apple execs on the M2

In a wide-ranging interview with Apple VPs, Matthew Panzarino explored the company’s latest in its M line of chips, and went deep on the M2 MacBook Pro and Mac mini models. Spoiler alert: They’re faster.

India blocks betting and loan apps

India’s Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology has called to block 232 betting and loan apps in order to keep users’ data safe, among other reasons.

Football!

It’s Super Bowl LVII time and there are ways you’ll be able to stream it. Get all the details here.

Audio

On Equity this week, Natasha spoke to Cleo’s chief business officer and former CEO SJ Sacchetti about ego, setting boundaries, stepping down and becoming a “statistic” and why a company needs to succeed without you. On Found, Darrell and Becca talked to Keta Burke-Williams, the founder and CEO of direct-to-consumer fragrance company Ourside, about what got her interested in disrupting the behemoth — and outdated — fragrance industry.

TechCrunch+

TC+ subscribers get access to in-depth commentary, analysis and surveys. Dom reported this week that bias appears in most aspects of AI, from investment and hiring to data collection and production, and Tage talked to eight investors and discovered that key to this was pre-seed and seed-stage investors. Haje turned his attention to the seed deck of Spinach.io, a company building out its meeting tool for engineers, and contributor David J. Bianco wrote about the defender’s dilemma.

That’s all for this week’s edition of Week in Review. We hope you enjoyed getting up to speed on the latest tech news. Until next time!

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