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Backed by Cresta founders, Trove’s AI wants to make surveys fun again

Surveys have become an integral part of many aspects of our lives, but most of them are tedious, leading to ineffective responses and actions. Dinghan Shen and Yuan Xue, two software engineers working

Anthropic’s latest tactic to stop racist AI: Asking it ‘really really really really’ nicely

The problem of alignment is an important one when you’re setting AI models up to make decisions in matters of finance and health. But how can you reduce biases if they’re baked into a mode

X begins rolling out Grok, its ‘rebellious’ chatbot, to subscribers

Grok, a ChatGPT competitor developed by xAI, Elon Musk’s AI startup, has officially launched on X, the site formerly known as Twitter. Grok began rolling out late this afternoon to X Premium Plus su

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Google’s best Gemini demo was faked

Google’s new Gemini AI model is getting a mixed reception after its big debut yesterday, but users may have less confidence in the company’s tech or integrity after finding out that the mo

Battery swapping is great for EV fleets, but can it work for consumers?

Battery swapping could usher in freedom for a wide range of people, allowing them to participate in the EV transition in ways that traditional built-in batteries don't.

Amazon is piloting a new $9.99 monthly grocery subscription for Prime members in three cities

Amazon is piloting a new grocery subscription offering for Prime members in three cities, the company revealed on Thursday. The new $9.99 per month subscription gives Prime members access to unlimited

YouTube now lets you pause comments on videos

YouTube announced today a new comment moderation setting, “Pause,” letting creators and moderators prevent viewers from adding new comments yet keep existing comments on videos. Instead of turning

ContactMonkey lands $55M investment to grow its email software for internal comms

Email is quite profitable, as it turns out. Or rather, email communications software is. Today, Toronto-based ContactMonkey, a platform that lets companies create, send and track internal comms from O

Bitcoin continues climbing, Block releases hardware wallet, Robinhood expands to EU and VCs may see some relief soon

Welcome back to Chain Reaction. In general, the total crypto market cap steadily rose 14% in the past week as more capital enters the crypto market.

5 secondaries investors tell us what’s hot and what’s not heading into 2024

Secondary activity is expected to return to normal in 2024. Five investors tells us where they are interested and where they are not.

The venture landscape may be on the ‘cusp’ of explosive growth after years of macro strain

The crypto industry is facing the same macroeconomic headwinds as others, with the added bonus of regulatory uncertainty.

Tumblr tests ‘Communities,’ semi-private groups with their own moderators and feeds

After scaling back operations and reassigning staff to other projects, Tumblr owner Automattic’s CEO Matt Mullenweg said that the company would home in on the parts of Tumblr’s service tha

Everything you know about the podcast industry is a lie

It seems like the writing is on the soundproofed wall: The podcast boom is over, and this week’s news is evidence. Spotify laid off 17% of the company — its third round of layoffs this year — an

Credit scoring firms face curbs after landmark EU data protection ruling

Credit scoring companies operating in the European Union could be facing tighter curbs under the bloc’s privacy laws following a ruling issued by the Court of Justice (CJEU) today. The referral

US indicts alleged Russian hackers for years-long cyber espionage campaign against Western countries

U.S. authorities have indicted two hackers linked to Russia’s Federal Security Service (FSB) for allegedly carrying out a years-long cyber espionage campaign targeting government officials. The Depa

Amazon will no longer accept Venmo as a payment option starting next month

Amazon is dropping Venmo as a payment option next month, the PayPal owned mobile payment service announced on its website. The official announcement comes as Amazon notified users last night via email

Seattle biotech hub pursues ‘DNA typewriter’ tech with $75M from tech billionaires

A new Seattle biotech organization will be funded to the tune of $75 million to research “DNA typewriters,” self-monitoring cells that could upend our understanding of biology. The collabo

WhatsApp adds support for disappearing voice messages

While today’s bigger news from the world of Meta’s messaging apps was the rollout of end-to-end encryption in Messenger, the company is also bringing another useful feature to its WhatsApp
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