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Meta ends news access in Canada

Have you heard the news? Maybe not, since Meta is making good on its promise to pull access to the news in Canada. 

What happened: Meta has started the process of ending news availability in Canada in response to the Online News Act, a law requiring digital platforms to pay local news outlets.

Tech earnings szn enters the AI era

AI chatbots have generated a lot of talk, but are they generating revenue??

Driving the news: Alphabet and Microsoft dropped their earnings reports for the first full quarter since going all in on AI. Both companies are at the forefront of commercializing generative AI and recently released search engine chatbots.

Google showcases its new robo-reporter

Google is taking a break from its fight with Canadian publishers to showcase its brand-new toy for journalists: An AI helper.

Driving the news: Google is pitching major news publishers like The New York Times, the Washington Post, and the Wall Street Journal on a new generative AI tool called Genesis that it says can produce news articles.

Netflix vs. password moochers

It may have initially led to anger, disgust, and even cries of hypocrisy, but Netflix’s move to crack down on password sharing is (literally) paying off.  

What happened: Netflix gained 5.9 million subscribers last quarter (three times what analysts expected) as friends, family members, and exes around the world were bounced from accounts they had been sneakily logged into, forcing them to set up their own.

Meta opens up its AI tech

Tired of being an afterthought in the AI race, Meta just took a big swing to get ahead. 

What happened: Meta is granting open-source access to LLaMA 2, the large language model that powers its AI technology, making it freely available to copy, change, and be used for research and commercial purposes.

Benjamin Bergen on semiconductors

We sat down with Benjamin Bergen on Free Lunch by The Peak to dive into why we’ve been hearing so much about semiconductors, and the role Canada could play in the supply chain.

The atmosphere is getting too crowded

What do Earth’s lower atmosphere and Canada’s major highways have in common? 

Too much dang traffic.

Driving the news: Satellites from Elon Musk’s satellite internet service Starlink performed over 25,000 avoidance maneuvers over the course of six months this year, per its regulatory filings to the FCC—a sign that low-Earth orbit (LEO) is getting a little too crowded.

Vision Pro arriving next year—if you don’t mind Apple scanning your face

Apple’s mixed-reality Vision Pro headset is coming next year, but getting your hands on one will be a bit more complicated than picking up a new iPhone.

Driving the news: Apple will roll out the device early next year in US markets (with Canada and the UK following soon after), Bloomberg reports—but customers will have to head into an Apple Store for a face-scanning session to buy one.

Threads takes off

Meta’s new Twitter competitor, Threads, debuted on Wednesday and… it’s a hit. 

What happened: After launching to almost 2 billion users in over 100 countries, the highly anticipated microblogging app has seen more than 30 million signups. In fact, it’s seen so much success that Twitter already threatened to sue Meta for being a copycat, per Semafor

Meta launches a Twitter rival

Mark Zuckerburg is ready to rumble… and no, we’re not talking about the cage flight that may or may not happen against Elon Musk. 

Driving the news: Meta is sticking it to Twitter by launching a challenger called Threads. Tomorrow, the internet will have yet another choice for text-based expression *sigh*