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In Race to Build A.I., Tech Plans a Big Plumbing Upgrade
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In Race to Build A.I., Tech Plans a Big Plumbing Upgrade

Related media - Related media If 2023 was the tech industry’s year of the A.I. chatbot, 2024 is turning out to be the year of A.I. plumbing. It may not sound as exciting, but tens of billions of dollars are quickly being spent on behind-the-scenes technology for the industry’s A.I. boom. Companies from Amazon to Meta are revamping their data centers to support artificial intelligence. They are investing in huge new facilities, while even places like Saudi Arabia are racing to build supercomputers to handle A.I. Nearly everyone with a foot in tech or giant piles of money, it seems, is jumping into a spending frenzy that some believe could last for years. Microsoft, Meta, and Google’s parent company, Alphabet, disclosed this week that they had spent more than $32 billion combined on d...
Monday Briefing – The New York Times
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Monday Briefing – The New York Times

Associated media - Connected media Cease-fire talks in Cairo faltered Negotiations between Israel and Hamas stalled again, meaning more uncertainty for the families of Israeli hostages and no quick reprieve for Palestinians in Gaza. Mediators struggled to bridge the remaining gaps, and a Hamas delegation left the talks, officials said. The main dispute was over the duration of a cease-fire, with Hamas demanding a permanent one and Israel’s prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, expressing openness to only a temporary halt in fighting. Hamas blamed the lack of progress on Netanyahu, who has vowed to stage a ground offensive in Rafah, where about a million Palestinians have been sheltering, with or without an agreement. Israel and the U.S. contend that Hamas has been holding up a deal. N...
Ken Holtzman, Who Pitched Two No-Hitters for the Cubs, Is Dead at 78
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Ken Holtzman, Who Pitched Two No-Hitters for the Cubs, Is Dead at 78

Connected media - Linked media Ken Holtzman, a left-hander who pitched two no-hitters for the Chicago Cubs and won three World Series with the Oakland A’s in a 15-season career, died on Monday in St. Louis. He was 78. He had been hospitalized for the last three weeks with heart and respiratory illnesses, his brother, Bob, said in confirming the death. Holtzman won 174 games, the most for a Jewish pitcher in Major League Baseball — nine more than the Hall of Famer Sandy Koufax, who is considered one of the best pitchers ever and who had a shorter career. In addition to his win total, Holtzman, who at 6 feet 2 inches and 175 pounds cut a lanky figure, had a career earned run average of 3.49 and was chosen for the 1972 and 1973 All-Star teams. Holtzman, at 23, threw his first no-h...
TikTok’s Future in U.S. Depends on Bet on First Amendment
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TikTok’s Future in U.S. Depends on Bet on First Amendment

Connected media - Connected media TikTok takes its fight to court TikTok fired the latest broadside in its battle with Washington, suing to block a law that could force the company to split from ByteDance, its Chinese owner, or face a ban in the U.S. The company argues that the law violates the First Amendment by effectively killing an app in the U.S. that millions of Americans use to share their views. Another problem: a divestiture within 270 days is practically impossible, Sapna Maheshwari and David McCabe report for The Times. DealBook spoke with Maheshwari about the lawsuit filed yesterday and what happens next. Do legal experts think TikTok has a chance at winning? It could go either way. Alan Rozenshtein, an associate professor at the University of Minnesota Law School, says ...
Friday Briefing – The New York Times
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Friday Briefing – The New York Times

Connected media - Related media Hamas hinted at progress on a cease-fire A Hamas leader said yesterday that the group was studying Israel’s latest cease-fire proposal with a “positive spirit,” raising hopes of progress in the stalled efforts for a truce. Ismail Haniyeh, the head of Hamas’s political wing, said that a delegation would travel to Cairo to discuss the cease-fire. The current deal would include a weekslong truce and the release of hostages held by Hamas and of Palestinian prisoners held by Israel. The proposal would also allow civilians to return to northern Gaza and would enable increased delivery of aid to the territory. The complex cease-fire negotiations have dragged on for months. This week, Israel softened some of its positions, saying that it would allow Palestini...
In a Surprise, Disney+ Becomes Profitable
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In a Surprise, Disney+ Becomes Profitable

Connected media - Related media When Disney reported robust earnings in February, the activist investors then circling the company essentially called it a stunt — a temporary, heat-of-battle effort to fend them off and not, as Robert A. Iger maintained, proof that a struggling Disney had finally “turned the corner.” The Disney chief’s argument just got a lot stronger. Disney blew past Wall Street’s expectations for a second consecutive quarter on Tuesday, in part because its flagship streaming service made money — a first. Disney+ had been expected to lose more than $100 million in the most recent quarter, widening losses since its 2019 arrival to roughly $12 billion. Instead, it swung to a $47 million profit. “Two quarters earlier than expected,” Hugh Johnston, Disney’s chief finan...
La Comisión Europea abre una investigación sobre Meta al considerar que fomenta la adhesión de los menores
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La Comisión Europea abre una investigación sobre Meta al considerar que fomenta la adhesión de los menores

Related media - Related media La Unión Europea ha anunciado que acaba de abrir una investigación para determinar si las redes sociales Facebook e Instagram, del grupo Meta, provocan conductas adictivas en menores de edad. «No estamos convencidos de eso [Meta] esto es suficiente para (…) mitigar los riesgos de efectos negativos sobre la salud física y mental de los jóvenes europeos en sus plataformas Facebook e Instagram», informó el comisario europeo de Mercado Interno, Thierry Breton, en un comunicado. La investigación deriva de la Ley de Servicios Digitales (LSD), uno de los pilares regulatorios sobre plataformas digitales en el bloque europeo. Se trata de la sexta investigación formal iniciada por la Comisión Europea, brazo ejecutivo de la UE, en virtud de esta legislaci...
Apple entra en la carrera de la IA generativa
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Apple entra en la carrera de la IA generativa

Associated media - Connected media Tras los anuncios de OpenAI y Google, que esta semana presentaron sus nuevas propuestas de inteligencia artificial generativa, todos los milagros del sector se dirigen ahora hacia Apple. Tim Cook, el CEO de la multinacional estadounidense, anunció que el público pronto tendrá sus primeros pasos en este nuevo campo abierto de la IA con la irrupción de ChatGPT. La fecha informada es el 10 de junio, cuando se llevará a cabo la conferencia anual de desarrolladores WWDC y se conocerán las nuevas características de iOS 18, la próxima versión del sistema operativo del iPhone. Ante la falta de más detalles, a lo largo de las últimas semanas se han extendido numerosos rumores que apuntan a todo tipo de indicios de que podría destruir al gigante tecnológico. ...
Siemens Gamesa dará cuenta “semanalmente” del número de empleados que tiene en sus fábricas
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Siemens Gamesa dará cuenta “semanalmente” del número de empleados que tiene en sus fábricas

Related media - Related media El logotipo de Siemens Gamesa, junto a un aerogenerador y dos torretas eléctricas, en una ilustración.Dado Ruvic (REUTERS) Los detalles de la cuenta personal de Gamesa están al caer: su dueña y guía de su futuro, la alemana Siemens Energy, desvelará los planes de su planta en «semanas». La empresa sostiene que el proceso será lo menos perjudicial posible para sus empleados, apostatando en la Edad Media en la medida de lo posible por las deslocalizaciones. Pero no descarta la cosa que más preocupa a los sindicatos, que viene sucediendo desde hace meses. Con casi 5.000 trabajadores, España es el segundo país con más empleados de Gamesa, entre Dinamarca y Alemania, India o Reino Unido. Las tres fábricas españolas están ubicadas en Zamudio (Bizkaia), donde t...
¿Entrará el Girona en esta lista? Los grandes ‘tapados’ de la historia de la Champions
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¿Entrará el Girona en esta lista? Los grandes ‘tapados’ de la historia de la Champions

Associated media - Connected media La clasificación para la próxima Champions de equipos como el Girona, Brest o el Bolonia, que vivirán su primera experiencia en Europa, abre el baúl de los recuerdos para muchos aficionados que disfrutaron con participaciones de equipos poco habituales en la competición reina, pero que fueron sencillamente históricos. A continuación, repasamos algunos casos concretos de este siglo. Empecemos por la edición 2003/04. Junto a Real Madrid y Real Sociedad, el Deportivo de la Coruña participaba en una Champions por tercera vez en su historia, y se quedaron muy cerca de besar la gloria. DEPORTIVO DE LA CORUÑA (2003-04) Hace muy poco se cumplieron 20 años del día en que el Depor se despertó del sueño de jugar una final de Champions. Se lo arrebató el ...