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Google announces multimodal AI Gemini, slightly better than GPT-4

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  1. Google announces Gemini, slightly better than GPT-4
  2. SpaceX valued at $175B+ in $500M-$750M tender offer
  3. Meta launches Imagine text-to-image generator
  4. Sam Altman wins TIME's CEO of the Year

0. Data and calendar

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1. Google announces multimodal AI Gemini, slightly better than GPT-4

Gemini Ultra beats GPT-4 on most text, coding, image, audio, and video metrics

Gemini is particularly good at complex multimodal questions

Alphabet's stock was little changed for the day, as Gemini failed to significantly differentiate vs. GPT-4

Our view: GPT-4's invincibility has been cracked, but we could be approaching a peak in LLM capabilities

  1. Clearly, Google can build an LLM as competently as OpenAI, as we've been expecting.

  2. But are LLM capabilities approaching a plateau? We may need new technologies (e.g. Q*) to take another leap in capabilities. Ilya Sutskever's and Demis Hassabis's teams are certainly working on it.

  3. Bard is unlikely to take over ChatGPT for the time being, at least until it is powered by Gemini Ultra (better than GPT-4), rather than Pro (similar to GPT-3.5):

2. SpaceX valued at $175B+ in $500M-$750M tender offer, from $150B in summer


4. Meta launches Imagine text-to-image generator, available online or in Messenger

Inside Facebook's Messenger app:

  • Image quality appears competitive but inferior to top closed-source models like DALL-E 3 and Midjourney.

  • Meta's AI characters are now live across its U.S. apps, with support for Bing Search.

5. Sam Altman wins TIME's CEO of the Year, as Taylor Swift wins Person

Read more: Sam Altman, Taylor Swift.

6. Advertisers moved from X to TikTok in 2023

7. Creator economy funding plummets in 2023, as influencer marketing spend rises

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10. Other headlines


  • Meta, Microsoft say they will buy AMD's new AI chips.

  • Apple launches MLX machine-learning framework for Apple Silicon.

  • C3 AI's revenue +17% YoY to $73M; 2nd most shorted stock.

  • Liquid AI raises $37.5M at $303M to build liquid neural networks.

  • Leonardo, AI art platform with 7M users, raises $31M.

  • Google Cloud launches TPU v5p.


  • New M3 Macbook Air, iPad Air, iPad Pro expected early next year.

  • Robinhood launches commissions-free trading app in Europe, after UK.

  • Messenger getting E2E encryption by default in one-on-one chats.

  • Tidal lays off 40 employees, 10% of staff.

  • TikTok's biggest U.S. hit in 2023: makeup routine with 504M views.

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Tech & law

  • EU nears AI Act deal, goal to pass by June.

  • U.S. government using push notifications to pursue suspects: senator.

  • FTC argues against Microsoft, Activision deal in appeals court.

  • Meta steering child predators to kids, New Mexico AG alleges.


  • AbbVie acquires Cerevel Therapeutics (neuro) for $8.7B.

  • Astaxanthin extends lifespan in mice by 12%: study.

  • Interface raises $3M for AI drug discovery for inflammatory diseases.


  • McKinsey: 250 new partners this year, from 380 last year.


  • Helium launches nationwide $20/mo unlimited plan.

  • CZ's guilty plea accepted by judge, TBD whether CZ can go home.

  • Exchange Bitzlato co-founder pleads guilty to U.S. money transmitting.

  • Jamie Dimon: “if I was the government, I'd close [crypto] down.”

  • Solana's Saga phone “under review” after <50K units sold.

U.S. politics

  • Ukraine aid: Biden open to concessions on border security, after Senate GOP blocked bill.

  • ~$900B defense bill likely to pass, including 5.2% raise for military.

  • House passes bill blocking Biden's EV rule, unlikely to pass Senate.

  • GOP debate: moderators fail to inject Trump.

  • University presidents under fire over responses to Oct. 7.

  • Nevada 3rd state to see 2020 Trump electors indicted.

  • McCarthy to retire from Congress.


  • IDF surrounding Hamas military leader's home: Netanyahu.

  • Xi, EU leaders meet in effort to stabilize relationship.

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