Apple and Google are in AI Partnership Talks

Meanwhile, xAI opens up Grok and Reddit gains IPO momentum

Is that even allowed? Big Tech normally can’t buy a latte without EU regulators getting involved. Now, Tim and Sundar are sharing a California Cab (1992 Screaming Eagle) talking AI partnerships? Someone make it make sense. Meanwhile, xAI opens up their Grok model and Reddit gains IPO momentum.

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Apple Is in Talks to Let Google Gemini Power iPhone AI Features

“Apple Inc. is in talks to build Google’s Gemini artificial intelligence engine into the iPhone, according to people familiar with the situation, setting the stage for a blockbuster agreement that would shake up the AI industry.”

Open Release of Grok-1

“We are releasing the base model weights and network architecture of Grok-1, our large language model.”

Exclusive: Reddit's IPO as much as five times oversubscribed, sources say

“While the oversubscription does not guarantee a strong performance in the stock market debut, it means the company is poised to at least reach its targeted price range of $31 to $34 per share when it prices the IPO in New York on Wednesday, the sources said.”

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The fight for AGI will be tweeted (sarcastically)…

Letters From The Editor

Misc. (short for miscellaneous)

AI Things (tiring)

The Apple / Google partnership is lame. They have both been bumbling around AI and now they’re going to try to run the Microsoft partnership playbook multiple years into the race? Disappointing.

“Our AI stuff isn’t really working out.” - Tim

“Neither is ours.” - Sundar

“Should we team up now to make sure Satya doesn’t win?” - Tim

“Probably.” - Sundar

The worst part is that they’re still in a great position to win and will print ungodly amounts of profits along the way. AI on your iPhone will be a big moment. Google continues to be the homepage of the internet.

It would be a lot nicer if they were actually leaders here and they didn’t have to rub their monopolies in everyone’s face.

Meanwhile, Elon and Sam are paying their social media teams to tweet sarcastically at each other.

Only one answer remains: Zuck for president.

Also more seriously - I think I’m becoming more and more of an open source AI proponent. Partly because Zuck is into it and he seems pretty smart. Partly because I don’t want any megacorp to control AGI.

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