A video of Biden voting with his adult granddaughter, manipulated to falsely appear that he inappropriately touched her chest, went viral last year News 

Calls for Meta to Revise Regulations Following False Post About US President Joe Biden

With a major election looming, Meta’s policy on deep fake content is in urgent need of an update, the watchdog said Monday in its ruling on a manipulated video of US President Joe Biden. A video of Biden voting with his adult granddaughter, manipulated to falsely appear to have inappropriately touched his breast, went viral last year. It was reported to Metal and later to the company’s supervisory board as hate speech. The technology giant’s oversight board, which independently reviews Meta’s content control decisions, said the platform was technically correct…

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US regulators have been considering making AI-generated robocalls illegal, with the fake Biden call giving the effort new impetus. (AP) AI 

Election disinformation fears escalate as Biden robocall featuring audio deepfake emerges

There is growing concern about the potential for a flood of AI-powered disinformation during the 2024 White House race. A recent robocall, in which US President Joe Biden was impersonated, has raised significant alarm, especially regarding the use of audio deepfakes. “What a blast,” said the phone message, which digitally spoofed Biden’s voice and repeated one of his signature phrases. A robocall urged New Hampshire residents not to vote in the Democratic primary last month, prompting state officials to launch an investigation into possible voter suppression. It also led to…

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US President Joe Biden is set to announce subsidies for semiconductor companies like Samsung, Intel, and TSMC to boost chip manufacturing in the US and stay ahead of rivals like China. (AFP) News 

Report: Joe Biden to provide substantial subsidies to Samsung, Intel, TSMC, and other chip manufacturers

US President Joe Biden is expected to announce subsidies for semiconductor companies such as Samsung, Intel, and TSMC (Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co) in an effort to maintain a competitive edge against China and other rivals. The aim is to encourage these companies to produce advanced chips within the United States and its allied nations. The windfall is expected to be in the billions of dollars and will be announced in the coming weeks, which will help them build new factories in the US. The upcoming announcements aim to jump-start manufacturing…

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Joe Biden now has an account on Meta Threads, X's biggest rival. Notably, this move comes amid Musk's ongoing anti-Semitism controversy. Here are the details. News 

Joe Biden Weaves His Way Through Elon Musk’s Controversy with Meta Threads

US President Joe Biden has joined Meta’s Threads, X’s (formerly Twitter) biggest competitor. This comes on Biden’s 81st birthday and just days after Elon Musk, who bought X in October 2022, came under fire for allegedly supporting anti-Semitic messaging on his platform. White House spokesman Andrew Bates called it a “disgusting promotion of a lie.” “I turned 81 and just got a new social platform! Thanks for the good wishes, folks. And to the birthday candle factory workers, I hope your union got you overtime,” Biden wrote on Threads. Notably,…

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Developers such as Microsoft Corp., Amazon.com Inc and Alphabet Inc.’s Google will be directed to put powerful AI models through safety tests as per the US President Joe Biden order. (AP) News 

Biden Administration Implements Regulations on Artificial Intelligence – Major Tech Companies to be Impacted

President Joe Biden is issuing a comprehensive executive order to regulate artificial intelligence, marking his most significant move to control a rapidly advancing technology that has generated both apprehension and praise. The extensive order, unveiled on Monday, establishes fresh guidelines for safeguarding security and privacy in AI, which will have wide-ranging implications for businesses. Tech giants like Microsoft Corp., Amazon.com Inc, and Alphabet Inc.’s Google will be instructed to subject robust AI models to safety assessments and share the findings with the government prior to making them available to the…

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The president is slated to sign a sweeping executive order on AI days before Vice President Kamala Harris and industry leaders attend a summit in the UK about AI risks, led by Prime Minister Rishi Sunak. (REUTERS) AI 

US Government to Evaluate Artificial Intelligence Products Prior to Purchase by Officials

According to a leaked draft copy of the order obtained by Bloomberg Government, President Joe Biden is set to sign an executive order on Monday that mandates AI tools undergo security testing before being utilized by federal agencies. This move represents his most substantial action thus far in regulating the rapidly advancing technology. The draft, dated Oct. 23, takes advantage of the government’s position as a top customer of tech companies such as Microsoft Corp and Amazon.com Inc to transform their artificial intelligence products. It directs the Labor Department to…

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The case being argued is that Amazon is a monopoly and is using its dominance to prevent competition from flourishing in the marketplace. (AP) News 

FTC Faces Lengthy and Difficult Road Ahead with Amazon Antitrust Lawsuit

With a lawsuit looming over its operations, Amazon is approaching Prime Day, one of its largest sales events of the year. The lawsuit alleges that the company is obstructing sellers from offering their products at lower prices on alternative platforms. The Federal Trade Commission’s long-awaited antitrust case is the agency’s most aggressive move yet to curb Amazon’s market power. The company has become synonymous with online shopping and fast deliveries. Under Chairman Lina Khan, the agency has not been shy about taking big swings at some of America’s biggest companies…

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The joint goal of the alliance is to send an Indian astronaut to the International Space Station (ISS) in 2024, (ANI) Space 

India and US Discuss Plans for Indian Astronaut’s Trip to International Space Station: 10 Key Points

India and the US are currently in the initial phases of discussions to create a strategic framework for collaborating on human spaceflight. Their shared objective is to send an Indian astronaut to the International Space Station (ISS) by 2024, which would mark a noteworthy achievement in the field of space exploration. Additionally, the two countries are broadening their partnership in areas such as planetary defense, telecommunications, quantum technology, and education. Here are ten key points to be aware of: 1. India and the US have started talks to create a…

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The order targets semiconductors, quantum computing and artificial intelligence. AI 

Biden Administration Imposes Limits on Investment in Chinese Tech Firms

President Joe Biden has issued an executive order imposing restrictions on American investment in specific Chinese tech companies, aiming to tackle national security risks associated with enterprises involved in “sensitive technologies” such as semiconductors, quantum computing, and artificial intelligence. “In these sectors, the development of sensitive technologies and products will accelerate the development of advanced computing capabilities, enabling new applications that pose significant national security risks, such as the development of more sophisticated weapons systems, breaking encryption codes, and other applications that can provide these countries with military advantages,” the…

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The order stems from a lawsuit alleging the Biden administration colluded with social media platforms. News 

Court Prohibits Government Representatives from Communicating with Tech Firms

A federal judge has issued a ruling that prohibits the Biden administration and federal officials from engaging with social media companies, potentially leading to significant consequences. According to The Washington Post, a judge appointed by former President Trump has granted a temporary injunction to the state attorneys general in Louisiana and Missouri. These two Republican lawyers had filed a lawsuit against President Joe Biden, Dr. Anthony Fauci, Surgeon General Vivek Murthy, and other government officials, alleging that they had collaborated with Meta, Twitter, and YouTube to censor accurate information regarding…

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The risks of artificial intelligence to national security and the economy need to be addressed, U.S. President Joe Biden said on Tuesday, adding he would seek expert advice. AI 

Joe Biden Urges Action To Address Potential Dangers of Artificial Intelligence to Security and Economy

On Tuesday, President Joe Biden emphasized the importance of addressing the potential threats posed by artificial intelligence to both the economy and national security, and expressed his intention to seek guidance from experts. “My administration is committed to protecting the rights and safety of the American people while protecting privacy, addressing misinformation and misinformation, ensuring that AI systems are safe before they are released,” Biden said at an event in San Francisco. Biden met with a group of civil society leaders and advocates who have previously criticized the influence of…

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Kevin Scott, CTO and EVP for AI at Microsoft, hosted the President at a private fundraiser Monday. News 

Biden Holds Talks with Artificial Intelligence Executives in San Francisco

As the House and Senate lawmakers propose a “blue-ribbon commission” to examine the potential effects of AI on American society, President Biden engaged in direct discussions and debates on the matter with leaders in the emerging field. Among those present at the Fairmont hotel in San Francisco were Tristan Harris, executive director of the Center for Human Technology; Fei-Fei Li, Co-Director of Stanford’s Human-Centered AI Institute; and Jennifer Doudna, Professor of Chemistry at UC Berkeley. Staying on top of the growing advances in AI technology in recent months and years,…

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi is expected to meet world's most influential leaders in New York (HT) News 

PM Modi to Connect with Elon Musk and Neil deGrasse Tyson During US Visit

Today, Prime Minister Narendra Modi is in the United States to attend a conference in New York where he will have the opportunity to meet with some of the world’s most influential figures. Among the attendees are renowned entrepreneur Elon Musk, astrophysicist and author Neil deGrasse Tyson, Nobel laureate Paul Romer, mathematical statistician Nicholas Nassim Taleb, and investor Ray Dalio. As part of his visit 21.-24. June PM Modi attends a state dinner hosted by President Biden and addresses a joint session of the US Congress. Prime Minister Modi is…

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The funding will help build fiber optic networks in 35 states and Puerto Rico. News 

Biden Administration Allocates $930 Million to Increase Internet Access in Rural Areas

On Friday, the Biden administration revealed that it will be providing $930 million in grants to enhance rural access to broadband internet. The grants, which are part of the Department of Commerce’s “Enabling Middle Mile Broadband Infrastructure Program,” will be used to install over 12,000 miles of new fiber optic cable in 35 states and Puerto Rico. The administration anticipates that grant recipients will invest an additional $848.46 million, effectively doubling the program’s impact. “Just as the interstate highway system connected every American community to regional and national highway systems,…

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The companies made this promise ahead of a meeting with President Biden. News 

Live Nation and Ticketmaster to Reveal All Ticket Fees

Discovering that a concert ticket you purchased for $30 actually costs three times that amount due to a multitude of vague fees is always a disappointing experience. For years, this has been the driving force behind consumer dissatisfaction with companies such as Ticketmaster. However, there are now indications that this situation may finally be undergoing a transformation. Ticketmaster and Live Nation promise to give US consumers the actual price of a ticket before they make a purchase, not a make-believe price they use to lure customers. President Biden is expected…

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Twitter then responded at that time by deactivating all verified accounts and disabling the tweet feature in an attempt to target the hackers. News 

Hacker who took over Biden, Elon Musk’s Twitter accounts plead guilty

A UK national accused of hacking Twitter accounts as part of a Bitcoin scheme has pleaded guilty to cyber surveillance and computer hacking that targeted several high-profile social media accounts, including the July 2020 Twitter hack. Joseph James O’Connor, aka PlugwalkJoe, 23, was extradited from Spain to the United States last month, where he was awaiting trial on charges of harassing, threatening and extorting victims. According to Gizmodo, O’Connor was first arrested in 2021 for trying to control 130 Twitter accounts, including US President Joe Biden, American socialite and model…

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The White House said Tuesday it backs a bill in Congress to give the Biden administration new powers to ban Chineseowned video app TikTok and other foreign technologies that could pose security threats. News 

The White House is backing a bill that would give the Biden administration more power to ban TikTok

The White House announced Tuesday that it supports a congressional bill that would give the Biden administration new powers to ban the Chinese video app TikTok and other foreign technologies that could pose security threats. White House national security adviser Jake Sullivan said the bipartisan bill, backed by a dozen senators, “would strengthen our ability to address discrete risks from individual transactions and systemic risks from certain classes of transactions involving countries of concern in sensitive technology sectors.” “We look forward to working with both Democrats and Republicans on this…

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Trump has so far refused to concede and has tweeted incessantly about how Democrats stole the election and Twitter has called all of his tweets disputed. (Pixabay) News 

Twitter to hand over POTUS account to Biden on January 20

Twitter will hand over the official U.S. President’s @POTUS account to President-elect Joe Biden on inauguration day, even if Donald Trump refuses to concede, The New York Post reported, citing a spokesperson. “Twitter is actively preparing to support the transition of institutional White House Twitter accounts on January 20,” a Twitter spokesperson told the Post on Friday. Other government accounts such as @VP, @FLOTUS, @whitehouse will also be handed over to the Biden administration. Trump has so far refused to concede and has tweeted incessantly about how the election was…

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FILE - In this November 9, 2020, President-elect Joe Biden speaks at the Queen Theater in Wilmington, Del. Biden says he wants to "restore the soul of America". But first, the president-elect will have to mend a broken Congress. (AP Photo / Carolyn Kaster, file) (AP) News 

Silicon Valley anxiously awaits Biden to reverse Trumps immigration rules

Tech advocates in Washington are said to be eager to work with the new Biden administration and reverse several of US President Donald Trump’s immigration policies, especially those that had created barriers for highly skilled visa holders. Some of Silicon Valley’s biggest names have clashed with the Trump administration in court, continuing its executive orders restricting the immigration of foreign workers, and now prioritizing the removal of the president’s actions in 2021, The Hill. The Trump administration announced new immigration rules last month designed to make it more difficult for…

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