The artificial intelligence of the startup OpenAI can book the next milestone. Also: Disney gives Florida the cold shoulder and Snowflake puts AI on the shopping list.
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OpenAI launched a ChatGPT iPhone app on Thursday. This was announced by CTO Mira Murati Twitter. An Android version will follow soon, she said. The app is the first official mobile application for ChatGPT, a software program that quickly gained over 100 million users after its launch last year, forcing the tech industry to adapt and invest in artificial intelligence (AI) applications.
According to OpenAI, the app can answer questions like “What are special and unique birthday gift ideas for my coffee-loving mom?” or explain how to politely decline an invitation to a concert. The app of the AI language model also accepts verbal input, it said. According to Murati, the app is only available in the USA for the time being. [Mehr CNBC, Techcrunch und Bloomberg]
On Founder Scene: For a long time were few #MeToo cases in the startup scene known. That has changed with the incidents in companies like Find Auto and Cara Cara now changed. But what exactly is sexual harassment? Actually quite simple, says psychologist Sandra Schwark, the law is clear. “It wasn’t all that bad” does not appear in it anyway. She reveals to editor Nina Klotz why startups in particular are struggling with this and what they can do better. [Mehr bei Gründerszene]
And here are the other headlines of the night:
Disney has scrapped plans for a new staff campus in the US state of Florida amid rising tensions with the state governor over new anti-LGBTQ+ legislation. Josh D’Amaro, chairman of Disney’s parks, experiences and products division, wrote in a memo to employees Thursday that the company will not go ahead with construction of the campus and that some 2,000 California-based employees will no longer need to relocate to Florida . [Mehr bei The Guardian und CNBC]
Snowflake According to information from the US medium “The Information”, in advanced talks to take over Neva condition. The Silicon Valley startup was founded by the former top ad tech executive at Google, Sridhar Ramaswamy. The purchase is intended to help the US database software provider offer artificial intelligence (AI) software that helps companies find information in internal documents and data. [Mehr bei The Information]
Die Netflixshares are up more than 9 percent on Thursday after the streaming service revealed details of its new ad-supported release. The latter indicated that the business model is beginning to pay off. Around five million monthly users are active on the cheaper, ad-supported option, and 25 percent of new subscribers sign up for the version in the regions where it’s available. [Mehr bei CNBC]
Ali Baba plans to spin off the cloud division as a separate, publicly traded company. This was announced as part of the quarterly results, which fell short of analysts’ expectations. The Chinese e-commerce retailer took in around $29.6 billion in the most recent quarter, up just around two percent year-on-year. Analysts had expected more in view of the opening of China after the Covid lockdowns. The report was Alibaba’s first since the company split into six entities. [Mehr bei Bloomberg, Reuters und CNBC]
The AppleManagement has considered selling the company’s headset at a loss after sluggish demand for virtual and augmented reality products, according to a Bloomberg report. Ultimately, however, they opted for a cost-effective approach and lowered the sales estimates to 900,000 units. The long-awaited headset project reportedly suffered from a lack of vision and received mixed levels of support from senior management. CEO Tim Cook is said not to have shown undue interest in the project, which has cost Apple over $1 billion annually. [Mehr bei Bloomberg]
Our reading tip on Gründerszene: A lot of people are dreaming of living in a tiny house right now. But is this really as cool as it sounds? The startup Tramp builds just such miniature houses. Our editor Fiona Mathewson visited the company in Munich and tried out life in a tiny house – and now she also knows the disadvantages. [Mehr bei Gründerszene]
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