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Yahoo is buying Artifact, the AI news app from the Instagram co-founders

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The Artifact app never quite caught on — but the AI tech underneath it is about to get a huge new audience.

Instagram’s co-founders built a powerful and useful tool for recommending news to readers — but could never quite get it to scale. Yahoo has hundreds of millions of readers — but could use a dose of tech-forward cool to separate it from all the internet’s other news aggregators. And so, the two sides are joining forces: Yahoo is acquiring Artifact, the companies announced on Tuesday.

The two sides declined to share the cost of the acquisition, but both made clear Yahoo is acquiring Artifact’s tech rather than its team. Mike Krieger and Kevin Systrom, Artifact’s co-founders, will be “special advisors” for Yahoo but won’t be joining the company. Artifact’s remaining five employees have either gotten other jobs or are planning to take some time off.

The acquisition comes a bit more than a year after Artifact’s launch and about three months after Systrom and Krieger announced its death. “We have built something that a core group of users love,” the co-founders wrote in January, “but we have concluded that the market opportunity isn’t big enough to warrant continued investment in this way.” They said that the biggest reason to shut down was in order to focus on “newer, bigger and better things that have the ability to reach many millions of people.” The bet behind Artifact was always that AI had the potential to be a huge, internet-changing technology; maybe there were just more interesting things to work on than a news app without a big news audience.

Systrom and Krieger posted the note without shopping the company to potential suitors or trying to raise money. They were Artifact’s only investors, they’d run a pretty lean business, and they felt like they could just move on. But then, companies started calling. Systrom tells me that he had “on the order of 10” conversations with other companies after the shutdown note. “A lot of organizations care deeply about news and personalized content,” he says, “and I think they’re looking around and saying ‘Wow, there’s this new wave of AI… maybe we should figure out what’s going on.’ Maybe that’s what I discounted originally.”

Yahoo was one of those calls. The company first began exploring an Artifact acquisition after reading that shutdown letter, says Kat Downs Mulder, the general manager for Yahoo News. “They put a ton of love and care into the way that their content taxonomy and recommendation systems work,” she says. “How the content is categorized, what signals feed into that content, how to identify what’s really working and can connect and is relevant with you, and then the UX of connecting the user with that content — that whole journey is really hard to get right.” Yahoo has long been working on personalization and recommendations, but Artifact built something special.

That’s what Artifact brings to Yahoo. What does Yahoo offer Artifact (other than that undisclosed acquisition price)? Eyeballs. Downs Mulder says more than 185 million people come to Yahoo News every month, which puts Artifact’s personalization and recommendation tech in front of a vastly larger set of users than it likely ever would have gotten on its own. For Systrom, that also means a chance to really see it work. “Every month, we would chip away at growth,” Systrom says, “and we would get to the scale where some of the things we were promised in machine learning and AI would start working, because we had just enough scale to make them work. But it was really hard to move that needle.” Integrating with Yahoo will happen slowly, but it will move that needle in a big way.

Artifact, the app, will go away once the acquisition is complete. But Artifact’s underlying tech for categorizing, curating, and personalizing content will soon start to show up on Yahoo News — and eventually on other Yahoo platforms, too. “You’ll see that stuff flowing into our products in the coming months,” says Downs Mulder. It sounds like there’s also a good chance that Yahoo’s apps might get a bit of Artifact’s speed and polish over time, too.

Both Systrom and Downs Mulder say the integration will take time, that you can’t just drop an Artifact algorithm into Yahoo News and call it a day. But they see a possibility to get everybody into the future a little faster. Yahoo can develop a personalized content ecosystem, the “TikTok for text” that was so alluring to Artifact users. And Artifact can power a news service of the future.

Systrom, meanwhile, says he doesn’t know what’s next. He’s focused on making sure the Yahoo transition goes well, and he and Krieger are always thinking about new ideas. He says he’s as bullish as ever on AI and is asking big questions about what the world needs in an era powered by large language models. But “starting companies is not a seasonal business,” he says. “You don’t, like, start something new every fall.” The idea for Artifact felt too good to pass up — now, he’s looking for the next one.
Source: theverge.com

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Eddid ONE and Eddid ONE USA Expand Global Coverage

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Eddid Financial (“the Group”) announces that its intelligent trading application Eddid ONE and the premier US stock trading application Eddid ONE USA* have expanded their global coverage to 22 countries and regions. The apps are now officially launched on Google Play and App Store in respective markets, providing clients with advanced and convenient proprietary intelligent services.
The apps are now available in 22 key global markets across six continents, including Hong Kong, the United States, the United Kingdom, Australia, Taiwan and Japan. Going forward, expansion plans are in place to reach additional emerging markets as the Group continues building out its global network.
Eddid ONE and Eddid ONE USA* have long been favored by the market for their clean interface and versatile functions. Specifically, Eddid ONE includes AI assistants in addition to real-time market data, proprietary trading strategies, research reports etc., but also come with AI assistants. Utilizing big data and AI technologies, the assistants provide personalized intelligent services, including predicting market trends and target stock prices to cater to diverse investor needs.
Clients can now keep abreast of the latest global market developments anytime, anywhere by using Eddid ONE and Eddid ONE USA*. This allows them to enjoy the Group’s one-stop proprietary intelligent trading services no matter where they are. Going forward, Eddid Financial will continue leveraging its leadership in fintech innovation to further enhance Eddid ONE and Eddid ONE USA*, with the commitment to deliver an even more comprehensive, efficient and secure financial services experience.
* *Always consider the risks when investing.
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Gcore Recognised as Highly Commended in the Industry Innovator Category at the EMEA NVIDIA Partner Network Awards

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Gcore, the global edge AI, cloud, network, and security solutions provider, today announced its recognition as ‘Highly Commended’ in the Industry Innovation category at the NVIDIA Partner Network Awards EMEA 2024 for its groundbreaking Speech-to-Text Translator.
The NVIDIA Partner Network Awards celebrate the exceptional contributions of partners exhibiting outstanding efforts, unwavering commitment, and innovative spirit in accelerated computing and AI. The Industry Innovation Award recognises partners who have spearheaded transformation within a specific industry or field.
Gcore used artificial intelligence to launch the first advanced machine learning model for speech-to-text translation from English to Luxembourgish. The model can be used to translate entire recordings for various mediums, including theatre, film, or music, from English into Luxembourgish text – for example, in the form of film subtitles.
Gcore is currently working on enabling real-time translations for use during conferences and events. The company’s future plans also include adding other commonly used languages in Luxembourg, such as French and German, to the translation tool, making speech-to-text translation a key mode of cross-language communication.Speech-to-Text Translator is part of Gcore’s state-of-the-art edge AI solutions, which also include GPU Cloud for AI training and Inference at the Edge for AI inference, all powered by NVIDIA GPUs.
Commenting on the award, Andre Reitenbach, CEO of Gcore, said: “We are delighted to receive this recognition from the NVIDIA Partner Network. Aware of the growing demand from the Luxembourgish public, expats, and local businesses for translation from English to Luxembourgish, Gcore is committed to making communication seamless and efficient. Our groundbreaking AI app for speech recognition sets a new standard, demonstrating our leadership in edge AI services. We are honoured to be acknowledged by the NVIDIA Partner Network for our innovative contribution to the AI landscape.”
“AI fosters communication and connection through its ability to translate across languages,” said Dirk Barfuss, Director of EMEA Channel at NVIDIA. “Gcore is recognized as 2024 EMEA NPN Highly Commended in the Industry Innovator category for its achievements in creating the first advanced speech-to-text translation from English to Luxembourgish, powered by NVIDIA GPUs.”
Gcore’s model was built on Whisper Small – the downsized version of the open-source Whisper model, containing 244 million weights. To meet this substantial demand for computing resources, Gcore used a high-end solution powered by the NVIDIA A100 Tensor Core GPU.
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CCI Initiates Study on AI’s Influence on Competition, Efficiency, and Innovation

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The Competition Commission of India (CCI) is gearing up to conduct a comprehensive study on the impact of Artificial Intelligence (AI) on competition, efficiency, and innovation.
This initiative comes in response to the growing significance of AI across various sectors. With the aim of fostering innovation and fair competition, the CCI has announced plans to delve into the evolving landscape of AI and its application in Indian markets.
In a recent announcement, the CCI issued a request for proposal to engage an agency to conduct this market study. The study aims to provide insights into the emerging competition dynamics within AI ecosystems, along with assessing the implications of AI applications for competition, efficiency, and innovation across key user industries.
Key focus areas of the study include understanding the AI ecosystem, analyzing its applications in different industries, evaluating its impact on competition within sectors, and examining the regulatory frameworks governing AI development in India and other major jurisdictions.
Additionally, the study will explore strategies for fostering a competitive environment that encourages both incumbent AI developers and new innovators. It will also address measures for creating awareness among stakeholders regarding AI usage and its implications on competition, alongside ensuring compliance with necessary standards.
To facilitate this study, the selected agency will be tasked with collating existing research and data, as well as engaging with relevant stakeholders. The deadline for submission of bids is June 3, with the opening of financial bids scheduled for June 26.
This initiative underscores India’s commitment to understanding and harnessing the potential of AI while ensuring fair competition and promoting innovation. It aligns with the CCI’s broader efforts to address emerging challenges in the digital economy and safeguard competition in the market.
By conducting this study, the CCI aims to equip itself with valuable insights that will inform future regulatory decisions and strategies related to AI development and its impact on competition dynamics in India.
Source: business-standard.com
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