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Microsoft invests big in France, OpenAI’s big day exceeded expectations, and web publishers are worried that Google SGE will cannibalize website visits, costing them millions…

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  • 💰️ Microsoft’s spending spree

  • 🗣️ OpenAI’s big day

  • 🔍️ Is Google SGE punishing web publishers?

  • 🛠️ AI Tools to Check Out

  • 🤑 AI Fundraising News

  • 🐦 Tweet Post of the Day

Here’s a live look at Microsoft rn: 

Just change the word car… with money :)

Microsoft just announced its largest investment to date in France, totaling 4 billion euros, aimed at accelerating the adoption of AI, skills, and innovation. 

Here’s the TL;DR: 

  • Microsoft will invest in expanding its next-generation Cloud and AI infrastructure in France, bringing up to 25,000 of the most advanced GPUs to the country by the end of 2025. This includes expanding existing data centers and planning a new campus in the Grand Est Region.

  • The company will also focus on skilling at scale, supporting training programs to build AI fluency for everyone, developing AI technical skills, supporting AI business transformation, and promoting safe and responsible AI development. These programs will target job seekers, students, SMBs, and professionals.

  • Furthermore, Microsoft announced new initiatives to support the French startup ecosystem, including the launch of the Microsoft GenAI Studio program. This program will provide AI expertise, cloud credits, and support activities and aim to engage over 2,500 startups by 2027.

Read more: Microsoft Blog

During their spring product showcase yesterday, OpenAI had some amazing announcements: 

  • OpenAI unveiled a new AI model called GPT-4o, a multimodal model that can handle text, images, and audio queries. 

  • The "o" in GPT-4o stands for "omni," reflecting the model's ability to handle 50 different languages with enhanced speed and quality. 

  • CTO Mira Murati also stated that GPT-4o is twice as fast with half the cost of the previous GPT-4 Turbo model.

  • One of the key highlights is the introduction of Voice Mode, allowing users to converse with ChatGPT using audio prompts and responses (yep… exactly like in Her 👀 🤖 )

  • OpenAI showcased GPT-4o's impressive audio capabilities, including emotion perception, interruption handling, and even storytelling with varying tones and voices.

Overall: The new model also demonstrates improved performance in math, coding, and language translation, positioning it as a stronger competitor in the GenAI market.

OpenAI plans to roll out the new capabilities gradually, starting with ChatGPT Plus and Team customers on Tuesday, followed by Enterprise clients, and eventually making it available to free ChatGPT users, albeit with usage limits.

Read more: OpenAI Blog

SGE was a highly anticipated product that Google launched last year, but it is now causing concerns among web publishers and creators.

What is it? Search Generative Experience, or SGE, directly responds to queries with multi-paragraph answers, pushing links to other websites lower on the page where they're less likely to be noticed.

Here's why publishers are worried:

  • The change could affect millions of creators and publishers who depend on Google for traffic. Some experts believe the integration of AI could solidify Google's control over the internet, potentially leading to a few large companies dominating information provision.

  • Some websites have reported significant traffic decreases, with estimates suggesting a potential 10-20% reduction. For some publishers, the decline could be up to two-thirds. The changes could result in multi-billion dollar losses for creators.

  • Despite Google's claim to prioritize website traffic, there are concerns about the AI's tendency to paraphrase content without proper attribution or compensation, raising potential legal issues around copyright infringement and plagiarism.

Overall: The move towards AI-generated responses raises questions about the future of the open internet and the survival of independent creators and publishers.

Many are looking to alternative channels, such as social media and email newsletters, to maintain their audience and revenue amid the uncertainty.

Read more: Washington Post

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🤑 AI Fundraising News

  • DEEPX raises $80M in Series C funding to make AI chips and software for various AI applications in electronic devices.

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🐦 Tweet Post of the Day

OpenAI showcased some impressive capabilities with their new GPT-4o model.

🧵 Here’s a thread on some real-life use cases where the model can be of service.

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