Top news this week, 29th of January – 2nd of February 2024

Top news this week

Top interesting announcements

 

Anthropic has confirmed a data leak after the FTC launched an official investigation

The company declared that an external contractor sent certain client data to an unauthorized third party. According to Anthropic, the leaked information includes account names and accounts receivable data. The company emphasized that no sensitive data, such as banking information or payment details, was compromised.
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Elon Musk confirmed that the first human patient has received a Neuralink brain implant

Neuralink, which aims to create brain-computer interfaces (BCI), began recruiting human patients for its first clinical trial last fall. The first product from Neuralink would be called Telepathy, Musk said.
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Google’s ‘Circle to Search’ feature is now available on the Pixel 8, Pixel 8 Pro and Galaxy S24 series

The new feature, which was launched in January, lets users search from any app on their phone using gestures like circling, highlighting, scribbling or tapping. Circle to Search makes it easy to search for anything without exiting the app you are in. The selection could include any image, video, or text that is displayed on the screen.
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Dutch Data Protection Authority (DPA) fined Uber €10 million for violating data privacy laws

The DPA found that Uber had not specified in its terms and conditions for how long it retained its drivers’ personal data, or how it secured the data when sending it to entities in countries outside the European Economic Area (EEA). The fine was imposed in the Netherlands because it is where Uber has it European headquarters.
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Google launched ImageFX, an AI image generator

ImageFX is powered by Imagen 2 and is Google DeepMind’s newest text-to-image model. Images generated with ImageFX are marked by SynthID, a digital watermark added directly into the pixels of the image. These watermarks are unnoticeable by the human eyes but they can be recognized for identification.
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Top new products

 

Xiaomi 14 Ultra

Xiaomi 14 Ultra will have a Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 processor and a 5,180mAh battery. It will be launched by the end of February.
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Realme 12 Pro Plus

Realme 12 Pro Plus has a 6.67-inch OLED display, Qualcomm Snapdragon 7s Gen 2 processor, up to 12GB of RAM and 256GB of storage. It comes with a 5,000mAh battery.
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Redmi K70 Ultra

Redmi K70 Ultra will have an OLED display, MediaTek Dimensity 9300 processor, 24GB of RAM and 1TB of storage. It will come with a 5,500mAh battery.
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