Google and other popular search engines have to battle the spam menace and other issues that could ruin search for everyone. News 

Everyone is experiencing a worsening search problem with Google.

Search results on Google and other platforms have become useless and most people are not getting what they are looking for from these search engines. Well, that’s what a new report says about the state of search engines and how they seem to be polluted with tons of data that’s hard to analyze thanks to SEO spam. The details of the research conducted by various institutions paint a worrying picture of the current level of search results, be it product reviews or general queries that millions make on these platforms…

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Google’s AI chatbot called Bard inaccurately claimed the death toll during the conflict, as per the report. (Bloomberg) AI 

Google and Bing Misinform Public with False Reports of Ceasefire in Israel

Artificial intelligence (AI) chatbots have gained immense popularity worldwide since the introduction of OpenAI’s ChatGPT in November 2022. This technology allows users to access a vast amount of information and customize it according to their needs. Now, even Google Search enables users to enter their queries and obtain answers promptly. By simply asking an AI chatbot, users can receive instant responses. However, it is important to note that the information provided by these chatbots is not always reliable. Recently, Google Bard and Microsoft Bing Chat, two widely used AI chatbots,…

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Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella has said that unfair tactics used by Google led to its dominance as a search engine, tactics that in turn have thwarted his company's rival programme, Bing.. News 

Microsoft CEO Accuses Google of Unfair Practices Resulting in Search Engine Dominance

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella has said that unfair tactics used by Google led to its dominance as a search engine, which in turn has crippled his company’s rival, Bing. Nadella testified in a packed Washington DC courtroom as part of the government’s landmark antitrust lawsuit against Google’s parent company, Alphabet. The Justice Department alleges that Google has abused its dominance as a ubiquitous search engine to limit competition and innovation at the expense of consumers. The allegations mirror a similar case brought against Microsoft in the late 1990s. Nadella said…

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Apple kept the possibility of replacing Google with Bing as a negotiation tool. (Bloomberg) News 

Microsoft Exec Claims Apple Utilizing Bing to Obtain More Funds from Google

During the significant U.S. antitrust trial, a Microsoft executive testified on Wednesday that Apple had never truly intended to replace Google with Microsoft’s Bing as the default search engine on Macs and iPhones. Instead, Apple had kept this possibility open as a strategic move to negotiate larger payments from Google. “It’s no secret that Apple makes more money from the existing Bing than Bing does,” Microsoft’s head of advertising and online services, Mikhail Parakhin, said in U.S. District Court in Washington. The comment drew laughter from the courtroom. Parakhin described…

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Microsoft announced the Windows product in May, saying it would be accessible from a PC screen taskbar button that opens a side panel customers can use as an assistant. (REUTERS) News 

Microsoft Introduces AI-Powered Features to Windows and Office

The release of Microsoft Corp.’s AI assistant for Windows is scheduled to begin on September 26, while the Office AI app will be made widely accessible on November 1. This move reflects the software giant’s ongoing efforts to incorporate generative artificial intelligence into its products. Microsoft’s Copilot-branded AI assistants provide a unified experience across operating systems, applications and devices, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella said Thursday at an event in New York. For example, Microsoft showed how a user can ask Copilot to find a flight reservation in text messages. “What…

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Microsoft announced several new AI features at the Surface Event 2023. (Microsoft) News 

Microsoft Surface Event: Uncover the Latest AI-Powered Innovations from Copilot to Bing

Microsoft held its Surface Event 2023 in New York today, revealing the latest additions to its product lineup, including the Surface Laptop Studio 2 and Surface Laptop Go 3. This marked Microsoft’s first in-person event since the pandemic, but surprisingly, it was not live-streamed, which is atypical for a tech company aiming to generate excitement for its offerings. Over the past few years, Microsoft has placed significant emphasis on artificial intelligence (AI), and following the Microsoft Build Event 2023, the company has now unveiled numerous new AI features. Microsoft CEO…

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Microsoft declined to comment on the EU’s next steps. (In photo: Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella) (AFP) News 

EU Files Formal Complaint Against Microsoft Over Teams Video App

Microsoft Corp.’s efforts to prevent further investigation by the European Union into its Teams video-conferencing app were unsuccessful, as the bloc’s antitrust enforcers are preparing to file a formal complaint against the company’s behavior. Sources familiar with the situation, who requested anonymity, revealed that Microsoft’s recent suggestion to separate Teams from its comprehensive business software package and offer it to customers at a discounted annual rate did not address regulators’ worries. The European Commission is preparing a statement of objections to send to the company, which could come in the…

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The rules apply from Friday to these "very large" social media networks and websites. (AP) News 

Microsoft and LinkedIn Promise Increased Ad Transparency

On Friday, Microsoft pledged to offer additional details regarding targeted advertisements and ensure user protection against potential risks arising from artificial intelligence, in response to the implementation of strict EU regulations on technology platforms. Internet giants must now implement the EU’s Digital Services Act (DSA), which requires them to protect users online from harmful content and be more transparent about algorithms. The European Union has named 19 platforms, most of which are based in the United States, including Microsoft’s Bing and LinkedIn, as well as Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat and TikTok.…

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The first phase of the European Union’s groundbreaking new digital rules will take effect this week. (AFP) News 

Europe’s Regulations for Tech Giants Google, Facebook, TikTok and Others to Take Effect – Explaining the Details

Some of the largest technology companies, including Google, Facebook, and TikTok, are currently confronting a significant initiative in Europe aimed at purifying the online content that users come across. The first phase of the European Union’s ground-breaking new digital rules comes into effect this week. The Digital Services Act is part of a technology-focused code drawn up by the 27-nation bloc, which has long been a world leader in cracking down on tech giants. The DSA, which the major platforms must begin on Friday, is designed to keep users safe…

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The AI chatbot was previously only available on Edge and standalone apps. News 

Microsoft’s Bing Chat Now Accessible on Chrome and Safari Mobile Browsers

Microsoft made a clear announcement about its intentions to incorporate AI capabilities into all its current products. On Monday, the company revealed that its Bing Chat AI chatbot, which was already accessible on the Edge mobile browser, as well as standalone Android and iOS apps, can now be accessed through third-party browsers such as Safari and Chrome. The news comes as part of Microsoft’s six-month anniversary of the public availability of Bing Chat. The company also points out that during that time, users have had more than a billion conversations…

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The ChatGPT-powered AI tool has been available to Edge users so far but Microsoft wants to expand its reach to other web browsers. News 

Microsoft May Soon Offer Bing Chat On Chrome And Safari Browsers

Bing’s AI chatbot is currently being tested on Google Chrome and Safari by Microsoft. “We are blocking access to Bing Chat in Safari and Chrome to allow select users as part of testing in other browsers,” Caitlin Roulston, director of communications at Microsoft, said in a statement to The Verge. “We are excited to expand access to even more users once our normal testing procedures are complete.” It appears that there are some limitations to using Bing Chat in Chrome and Safari. For example, users can only type 2,000-word prompts,…

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Bing Chat Enterprise is currently only available in the preview phase. (Microsoft) News 

Microsoft Introduces Bing Chat Enterprise with AI-powered Features for Businesses – Here’s How to Use It

During its annual Inspire conference, Microsoft unveiled Bing Chat Enterprise, a chatbot equipped with advanced artificial intelligence and enhanced data protection for businesses. This development aims to provide organizations with privacy concerns regarding generative AI with robust AI capabilities and heightened data security. Additionally, Microsoft announced the introduction of 365 Copilot to Teams, focusing on enhancing Teams calls and chats. Bing Chat Enterprise The move comes at a time when big tech companies like Apple and Samsung, as well as several banks, have placed restrictions on their employees’ use of…

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Mobile and desktop traffic to the chatbot's website was down nearly 10 percent from the month prior. News 

ChatGPT Experiences Decrease in User Numbers in June

OpenAI’s chatbot, ChatGPT, which experienced a rapid surge in popularity in late 2022 and early 2023, seems to be losing momentum. Recent data from internet analytics firm Similarweb, shared with The Washington Post, indicates that global mobile and desktop traffic to ChatGPT’s website dropped by 9.7 percent last month. If Similarweb’s data is accurate, this decline would be the first time the chatbot has witnessed a decrease in users. Additionally, in June, app tracker Sensor Tower observed a decline in downloads of ChatGPT’s iOS client after reaching a peak earlier…

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These new widgets allow users to start a chat with just a tap. Previously, these widgets were only available on Android. AI 

Bing ChatGPT Widget Now Accessible on iPhone Home Screens

Microsoft, the tech giant headquartered in the US, has been diligently integrating Bing Search with OpenAI’s ChatGPT. Recently, the company unveiled a fresh update to the Bing app for iOS gadgets, featuring novel widgets that provide a convenient shortcut to Bing Chat – Microsoft’s chatbot that employs GPT technology. The new update to the Bing app for iOS includes two new home screen widgets. These new widgets allow users to start a conversation with a single tap. Previously, these widgets were only available for Android. “We’ve released a new Bing…

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The search engine’s AI chatbot suffered through early problems, including ‘unhinged’ behavior. News 

OpenAI cautions Microsoft against rapid implementation of GPT-4 into Bing

The Wall Street Journal reported that OpenAI had cautioned Microsoft about hastily incorporating GPT-4 into Bing without additional training earlier this year. Despite the warning, Microsoft proceeded with the integration, and users soon observed erratic behavior in the Bing AI tool, such as arguing, scheming to escape its limitations, and attempting to persuade a New York Times tech columnist to abandon his marriage and elope with Bing. The report also revealed “conflict and confusion” in the background of the companies’ partnership, which, while convenient, could be precarious. Instead of buying…

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Bing Chat now supports voice input and text-to-speech capabilities. AI 

Microsoft Introduces AI-Powered Voice Chat Feature on Bing for Desktop

Microsoft has introduced voice support for Bing’s chatbot on Edge for PCs, which is powered by OpenAI’s GPT-4 technology. The feature was initially available on Bing’s AI chatbot for mobile apps and has now been extended to desktop. Users can simply tap on the mic icon in the Bing Chat box to communicate with the AI-powered bot, and it can even read its responses aloud. Microsoft acknowledged that many users prefer voice input for chat on mobile and has now made it available on desktop as well. The feature currently…

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Microsoft's Build 2023 event showcased AI announcements, including Bing's integration with ChatGPT, a common plugin platform, AI Copilot for Windows 11, and AI-powered features coming to Microsoft Edge. News 

Microsoft Build 2023 Highlights: ChatGPT Integration with Bing, Windows Copilot and More

Microsoft recently wrapped up its developer-centric event, Build 2023, which has the same meaning for Microsoft as I/O for Google and WWDC for Apple. As expected, the event featured numerous AI-related announcements. During the event, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella presented a series of exciting updates to various product lines. These included notifications related to Bing, Windows Copilot and ChatGPT. ChatGPT integration with Bing, a new universal extension Microsoft breathed new life into Bing by launching an updated search engine that runs on OpenAI’s GPT-4 LLM. Building on this success, the…

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Samsung has decided against removing Google as the default search engine and choosing Microsoft's Bing—the Wall Street Journal has reported. News 

Samsung will continue using Google as its default search engine and won’t opt for Microsoft Bing

Samsung has decided not to remove Google as the default search engine and opt for Microsoft’s Bing, the Wall Street Journal reports. This development follows reports that Samsung is internally evaluating a move to replace Google Search with Microsoft’s Bing as the default search engine across its range of devices. As a result, Google parent Alphabet’s shares rose more than 1 percent in premarket trading, while Microsoft’s shares fell about 1 percent, Reuters reported. According to a report published by the New York Times on April 16, Google will earn…

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AI-generated images gain popularity in various industries, from YouTube thumbnails to artwork based on text prompts. Follow this guide to use DALL-E 2. News 

How to use DALL-E 2 to create AI-generated images: a step-by-step guide

Generative AI is growing in popularity worldwide, with popular chatbots such as ChatGPT and Google Bard making headlines and finding their way into people’s workflows. However, on the other side of the generative AI spectrum, image creation has taken a back seat – popular AI image creation bots like Midjourney and OpenAI’s DALL-E are getting better at creating lifelike images. Experts point out that the line between what is true and what is not is gradually getting thinner. The use of images created with artificial intelligence is becoming more common…

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Microsoft Edge browser has been leaking users' visited sites to its API site, Here's what we know. News 

Microsoft Edge ‘leaks’ user browsing history to Bing API: Report

With all the attention Microsoft Edge has been garnering over the past few months with GPT-4-backed Bing, there’s a new development that suggests the browser has been leaking user-visited sites to its API site, This privacy concern was originally raised by Reddit users. According to The Verge, the latest version of Microsoft Edge sends a list of URLs from every page visited to Reddit user Hackermchackface, who first discovered the bug on the site, stated: “Searching for references to this URL returns very few results and no documentation…

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