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Tech News Digest: April Update

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Welcome to the Altamira monthly tech news digest, where we bring you the latest updates from the fast-paced world of technology! Buckle up and hold on tight because we’re about to take you on a thrilling ride through the most significant developments, innovations, and trends in the tech industry this month.

If you’re passionate about technology and want to stay ahead of the curve, you’ve come to the right place. We’ve got everything covered from groundbreaking advancements in artificial intelligence and robotics to the latest breakthroughs in quantum computing and cybersecurity.

Don’t miss out on the latest updates in the tech industry – join us for a thrilling journey through the exciting world of technology!

Global arena updates

global news

Italy Shocks Tech World with Bold Move to Ban Chatbot Giant
Italy has made history by becoming the first Western country to ban the advanced chatbot ChatGPT, sending shockwaves through the tech industry. Created by US start-up OpenAI and backed by Microsoft, ChatGPT has been a game-changer in the world of AI since its launch in November 2022, with millions of users worldwide.
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TikTok Fined £12.7m by UK Watchdog for Misusing Children’s Data
TikTok has been hit with a £12.7m fine by the UK’s data watchdog for breaching the privacy of children. The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) estimated that up to 1.4 million UK children under the age of 13 were able to access the video-sharing site in 2020, with their data being used without parental consent.
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Facebook Owner Meta Surpasses Expectations with $5.7bn Q1 Profit

Social media giant Meta, the parent company of Facebook and Instagram, has reported a Q1 profit of $5.7bn, driven by the use of artificial intelligence (AI). However, critics are questioning the ethics of AI algorithms and their societal impact. The company’s growth comes amid widespread job cuts and ongoing controversy.

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Google Ordered to Pay Canadian Businessman $500,000 for Defamatory Search Result

Google has been ordered to pay a Canadian businessman $500,000 in damages for failing to remove a defamatory search result linking him to pedophilia. The man, who remains anonymous due to a publication ban, claimed that the post severely impacted his personal and professional life. While Google has declined to comment on the case, a judge in Quebec ruled that the defamatory post had turned the plaintiff’s life into a “walking nightmare”.
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SpaceX Starship Launch: A Spectacular Explosion and an Ominous Future

Elon Musk’s SpaceX suffered a significant setback as its Starship rocket exploded just moments after takeoff. Despite failing to achieve orbit, the doomed launch still provided critical lessons for the private spaceflight company as it aims to make interplanetary travel a reality. The explosive failure underscores the immense risks and challenges involved in space exploration, leaving many wondering whether SpaceX can ultimately achieve its ambitious goals.
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Elon Musk vs. Microsoft: A Battle for Twitter Data Dominance
Elon Musk has threatened to sue Microsoft, claiming the tech giant illegally used Twitter data to train its artificial intelligence. The Twitter CEO’s threat comes amid reports that Microsoft plans to drop the social media platform from its advertising platform. As Musk and Microsoft continue to clash over control of Twitter data, the future of AI and advertising hangs in the balance.
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Snapchat’s AI chatbot gets mixed reviews and raises privacy concerns
Snapchat’s new AI chatbot, My AI, has been met with mixed reviews as some users express concerns over its prominent placement and use of location data. The chatbot, powered by OpenAI’s GPT, is only removable for paid subscribers, leading to criticism online. While Snap claims it is an “experimental, friendly” feature that can offer advice and perform tasks, privacy advocates are wary of its data collection practices.
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Apple’s new savings account: a temptation to overspend or a smart way to stash cash?

Apple’s new high-yield savings accounts, attached to its credit card, could be a temptation for users to overspend. With millions of iPhones now serving as piggy banks, the convenience of this new feature raises questions about responsible spending. While it’s a unique offering, experts are questioning whether it’s a good thing for consumers.
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Bitcoin Bull Turned Bear: Chamath Palihapitiya Declares ‘Crypto is Dead in America

Bitcoin bull Chamath Palihapitiya declares crypto dead in the US, blaming the authorities for their aggressive stance towards the digital assets. Speaking on the All-In podcast, the tech investor claimed that the US government has “firmly pointed their guns at crypto.” The comments come as the SEC continues its crackdown on the industry, with companies and projects facing penalties for selling unregistered securities

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Healthcare

healthcare news

AI saves woman’s life by detecting her bowel cancer

A woman in the UK owes her life to artificial intelligence after the technology detected her bowel cancer, which was then successfully removed. The patient, 75-year-old Jean Tyler, participated in the Colo-Detect study across 10 NHS trusts, where AI flagged tissue that may have been missed by human doctors during a colonoscopy. This breakthrough in medical technology could lead to faster and more accurate cancer detection, potentially saving countless lives.
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Artificial Intelligence Takes Over: Drugs Matched to Patients with Precision
Israeli health-tech firm Genetika+ claims that its AI-based technology can best match antidepressants to patients, minimizing unwanted side effects and ensuring that the prescribed drug is effective. Co-founder and CEO Dr. Talia Cohen Solal, a neuroscientist, said that their technology can characterize the right medication for each patient on the first try. With their system, they aim to make the process of selecting and prescribing medication more efficient and accurate.
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Robot Takes Over at Whitehaven Hospital: Is This the Future of Healthcare?

West Cumberland Hospital in Cumbria, UK, has taken a giant leap into the future of healthcare by investing £350,000 in a state-of-the-art robot to help its pharmacy staff. The robot can distribute and manage large amounts of medicine with its robotically-controlled arms, freeing up the hospital staff to spend more time with patients. Is this the start of a new era in healthcare, where robots take over routine tasks, leaving humans to focus on the more complex medical needs of patients?

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retail news

Amazon’s e-commerce business on shaky ground, but profits soar elsewhere

Despite flat online sales, Amazon’s cloud services and advertising units are bringing in the big bucks, helping to offset the e-commerce business’ struggle. The company’s cost-cutting drive seems to be working, with profits showing an impressive jump. “Amidst an uncertain economy”, Amazon’s CEO Andy Jassy commends the company’s teams for delivering for customers.

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Alibaba Takes on ChatGPT with New AI Chatbot: Tongyi Qianwen

Watch out, OpenAI – Chinese tech giant Alibaba is gearing up to launch its own AI chatbot, Tongyi Qianwen. The cloud computing unit of Alibaba plans to integrate the product across all of its businesses soon. This move comes after other companies across the globe have also revealed their own generative AI chatbots, making it clear that the AI chatbot race is on.

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To sum up

The world of technology is moving at a breakneck pace, with many significant developments, innovations, and trends emerging each month. From the ban of a popular chatbot in Italy to the use of AI in medical technology that saved a woman’s life, this month’s tech news update covered a range of topics. 

However, with every new breakthrough comes new ethical concerns and potential risks, such as the privacy concerns surrounding Snapchat’s new AI chatbot and the ongoing controversy around the impact of AI algorithms on society. It’s important to keep a thumb on the pulse of the tech industry, and Altamira’s monthly tech news digest is an excellent resource for anyone passionate about technology and looking to stay ahead of the curve.

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