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UK summit aims to tackle thorny issues around cutting-edge AI risks

BLETCHLEY PARK, England (AP) — Digital officials, tech company bosses and researchers are converging Wednesday on a historic estate near London to discuss and better understand the extreme risks posed by cutting-edge artificial intelligence. So-called frontier AI refers to the latest and most powerful systems that take the technology right up to its limits, but …

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The Supreme Court takes up social media cases similar to one about Donald Trump’s Twitter feed

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court is tackling the question of when public officials can block critics from commenting on their social media accounts, an issue that first arose in a case involving former President Donald Trump. The justices are hearing arguments in two cases Tuesday involving lawsuits filed by people who were blocked after …

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Google CEO defends paying Apple and others to make Google the default search engine on devices

WASHINGTON (AP) — Testifying in the biggest U.S. antitrust case in a quarter century, Google CEO Sundar Pichai defended his company’s practice of paying Apple and other tech companies to make Google the default search engine on their devices, saying the intent was to make the user experience “seamless and easy.’’ The Department of Justice …

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Meta rolls out paid ad-free option for European Facebook and Insta users after privacy ruling

LONDON (AP) — Facebook and Instagram users in Europe are getting the option to pay for ad-free versions of the social media platforms as a way to comply with the continent’s strict data privacy rules, parent company Meta said Monday. Starting in November, users on desktop browsers can pay about 10 euros ($10.50) a month …

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Love K-pop star Mark Tuan’s new EP? You can discuss it with ‘Digital Mark,’ his AI twin

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Accessibility can be an artist’s greatest asset. Listeners want to feel close to the musicians they admire and support — and most would jump at the chance to communicate one-on-one. But celebrity schedules rarely allow for that kind of intimacy. So what’s the next best thing? For Mark Tuan, whose new …

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Norfolk Southern investing in more automated inspection systems on its railroad to improve safety

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — To help quickly spot safety defects on moving trains, Norfolk Southern said Thursday it has installed the first of more than a dozen of a new generation of automated inspection portals on its tracks in Ohio — not far from where one of its trains careened off the tracks in February …

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UK PM Sunak warns against rush to regulate AI before understanding its risks

LONDON (AP) — As authorities around the world scramble to draw up guardrails for artificial intelligence, British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak warned Thursday against moving too fast on regulating the rapidly developing technology before it’s fully understood. Sunak warned about acting too quickly even as he outlined a host of risks that AI could bring, …

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China announces plan for a new space telescope as it readies to launch its next space station crew

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — China announced plans on Wednesday to send a new telescope to probe deep into the universe as it prepared to launch the country’s next, three-member crew for its orbiting space station. The telescope, dubbed Xuntian, will be installed by China’s Tiangong space station and will co-orbit with it, according to a …

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Activists demand transparency over Malaysia’s move to extend Lynas Rare Earth’s operations

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Environmental activists voiced disappointment Wednesday at Malaysia’s decision to allow Lynas Rare Earths to continue operations until March 2026, and demanded more transparency on plans by the Australian miner to extract a radioactive element from its growing waste. The government Tuesday said it allowed Lynas to continue to import and …

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