In this week’s tech news roundup, Montana has banned TikTok while Elon Musk has launched an AI company.”
This week, there were significant updates in the tech industry regarding the ongoing debate on whether TikTok should be banned in the United States. Montana has become the first state to pass legislation that prohibits its residents from accessing the app.
In other news related to apps, Twitter has expanded the maximum character limit for tweets to 10,000 characters. However, this feature is only available to Twitter Blue subscribers.
X.AI Corp. is the name of the AI company founded by Elon Musk.
Regarding Elon Musk, the CEO of Twitter has reportedly founded his own artificial intelligence (AI) company, despite his recent criticisms of the rapid advancement of AI technology.
According to reports, Elon Musk has established his own AI company, named “X.AI Corp.” This news is somewhat surprising, given Musk’s previous criticism of the rapid advancement of AI and his involvement in an open letter that called for a pause in the development of new AI technology. Despite this, it appears that Musk has decided to work directly in the AI space, although the exact purpose of the company is not yet known.
Twitter Blue users can now compose tweets containing a maximum of 10,000 characters.”
The company’s registration documents in Nevada list Musk as the only director and Jared Birchall, the current director of his family office, as the secretary. This latest development adds to the ongoing discussion surrounding Musk’s interests in cutting-edge technology and his role in shaping the future of AI.
In other tech news, Twitter has introduced its premium subscription service “Twitter Blue,” which allows subscribers to create longer tweets with up to 10,000 characters. Nvidia has also released its latest graphics card, targeting budget-conscious consumers. Additionally, Montana has become the first state to pass legislation banning access to TikTok, a move that could have implications for the future of the app in the US.
Montana has taken a significant step towards banning the popular social media app TikTok. It has become the first state in the US to pass a bill that bars TikTok from being offered on the app store. The legislation, known as SB 419, prohibits mobile application stores from offering the TikTok app to Montana users.
The GeForce RTX 4070, a budget-friendly graphics card for PCs, was introduced by Nvidia.
The bill also acknowledges parent company ByteDance’s data collection practices, noting that TikTok’s continued operation in Montana could provide the Chinese government with a valuable tool for corporate and international espionage. It warns that the app could allow the Chinese Communist Party to track the real-time locations of public officials, journalists, and others who are perceived to be opposed to their interests.
This move comes amidst ongoing discussions regarding the potential ban of TikTok across the United States. Other tech news from the past week includes the founding of Elon Musk’s own AI company, the introduction of Twitter’s premium subscription service “Twitter Blue,” the release of Nvidia’s new budget-friendly graphics card, and the latest developments related to longer tweets and character counts on the social media platform.
Twitter Blue, a premium subscription service from Twitter, now allows its subscribers to post tweets with up to 10,000 characters, thanks to a recent expansion by Elon Musk. Users who are subscribed to Twitter Blue can now also add emphasis to their tweets by italicizing or bolding text.
The move towards longer tweets seems to be a strategic one for Twitter, positioning it to compete with platforms like Substack, which Musk appears to view as a potential threat. In fact, just last week, Musk blocked access to Substack within Twitter, so that when a user clicked on a Substack link, they were met with a message stating that the website they were about to visit was “potentially spammy or unsafe.”
This development is just one of the latest in a series of tech news stories, including the founding of Elon Musk’s new AI company “X.AI Corp,” the release of Nvidia’s latest budget-friendly graphics card, Montana’s ban on TikTok, and updates related to longer tweets and character counts on social media platforms.
Nvidia, a leading graphics card manufacturer, has recently debuted a more affordable option for consumers: the GeForce RTX 4070, which is priced at $600 USD. Despite its lower cost, the RTX 4070 still offers impressive features like ray tracing and DLSS 3, while maintaining a 1440p resolution.
According to Nvidia, the RTX 4070 is “20% faster on average in traditional games while reducing average gaming power consumption by 23%.” It’s also the smallest graphics card in the company’s 4000 series. The card is available for purchase now through Nvidia’s website and select retailers.
This news is just one of the latest developments in the tech industry, alongside updates related to Elon Musk’s new AI company, Twitter’s expansion of character counts for its premium subscribers, Montana’s ban on TikTok, and other tech-related news stories.