Google’s AI demo exposed as fake, Grand Theft Auto VI becomes a viral sensation, and Spotify lays off employees

Technology giants such as Google and X (formerly Twitter) have gone head-to-head with OpenAI for chatbot supremacy, with tech news in the past week focusing on the latest developments.

Google came under scrutiny following the release of its new AI model, Gemini. The company was accused of faking a demo by tuning text prompts with still images off-camera, and its “lite” version, Gemini Pro, proved to be mistake-prone. Additionally, Google was embroiled in controversy after providing offensive notebooks to Black summit attendees.

Defense startup Anduril unveiled a fighter jet weapon called Roadrunner, designed to combat low-cost, high-powered aerial threats. The company, co-founded by Oculus founder Palmer Luckey, has developed a modular, twin-jet-powered autonomous vertical take-off and landing air vehicle capable of intercepting targets or autonomously retreating back to base.

Genetic testing company 23andMe was also at the center of attention as it disclosed a data breach that impacted 6.9 million users. The breach saw the exposure of personal data, including names, birth years, relationship labels, the percentage of DNA shared with relatives, ancestry reports, and self-reported locations.

In entertainment news, the highly-anticipated Grand Theft Auto VI trailer went viral, racking up 85 million views in just 22 hours. The trailer for the sequel to the immensely successful Grand Theft Auto V set a new record for most YouTube views in 24 hours, surpassing that of MrBeast’s video.

Meanwhile, patient records and personal health information of millions of individuals were found to be exposed due to the security weaknesses in a decades-old standard for storing and sharing medical images, Digital Imaging and Communications in Medicine (DICOM).

Meta, formerly known as Facebook, rolled out a new AI-powered image generator called Imagine with Meta AI. The tool allows users to create high-resolution images by describing them in natural language, similar to OpenAI’s DALL-E.

Spotify announced layoffs, with the company eliminating about 1,500 jobs, or roughly 17% of its workforce, in its third round of layoffs this year. Spotify’s founder and CEO cited slow economic growth and rising capital costs as reasons for reducing the workforce.

Self-driving truck startup TuSimple, which went public in 2021, is exiting the U.S. due to internal conflicts and the loss of a crucial partnership with truck manufacturer Navistar. The company is laying off the majority of its U.S. workforce and selling assets as it exits the country for Asia.

Furthermore, ZestMoney, a buy now, pay later startup, is shutting down after unsuccessful efforts to find a buyer. The company, which raised over $130 million, employed about 150 people at its peak.

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